Chick-fil-A dropped a bunch of their new spicy chicken sandwiches at the CL offices this morning in advance of the June 7 unveiling on Chick-fil-A menus. I'm not much of a fast food eater - in fact, this is the first time I've ever eaten Chick-fil-A. (I know, I know. I'm a bad Atlantan.) But my one fast food soft spot comes in the form of a spicy chicken sandwich. Usually you'd never find me within 100 feet of a Burger King, but remember when they had that monstrosity of a spicy chicken sandwich? It was basically a regular fried chicken sandwich slathered in this pornographic glop, a mixture of a mayo-like substance and hot sauce. In some states, the sandwich also came with an option to add sliced jalapenos - the canned kind. I wasn't feeding these atrocities to my family or anything, but when stranded on the interstate of South Carolina, hungry and in a hurry? I looked forward to road trips so I could indulge in the grossness.
But when BK stopped selling their chicken sandwich I was back to starving on the highway. I tried Wendy's spicy sandwich, which my sister swears by, but then she also drinks Lite beer and worries if her armpits are tanned or not (love you Grace!). I find the Wendy's sandwich to be mainly salt, not spice. I couldn't get into it.
Enter Chick-fil-A. Their spicy sandwich is much like their much-loved regular chicken sandwich. It is unadorned apart from a smattering of pickles. As you can see from the excellent photography above, it is a little...flat. But flavor-wise, it has more actual chicken taste than other fast food sandwiches I've had before. I know that's a common cry from Chick-fil-A supporters. But what of the spice?
This sandwich is spicy. Not just salty crappy spicy, but actual, burning, flavor-driven spicy. It's cumulative also - the more you eat, the spicier it gets. The chain claims it will offer buffalo sauce for those who want it even spicier.
I kind of wished for a foil - I like a little crunch on my pork tacos, the lettuce on a spicy torta, the bean sprouts in my bowl of spicy pho. The pickles do achieve this to a certain extent - the two bites that contain pickles are the best of the sandwich.
Stranded on a South Carolina highway, I'd stop and eat one of these things. I wouldn't make up road trips just to justify getting one though.
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
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