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May 22, 2012

Review: Carl's Jr. - Honey Mustard Chicken Tender Sandwich

The Carl's Jr. Honey Mustard Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Sandwich is a variation on the typical lettuce, tomato, mayo combination for chicken filet sandwiches. Instead, it comes at you with honey mustard in lieu of mayo, and two hand-breaded chicken tenders instead of a chicken filet.

The price is also a little less than the standard chicken filet sandwich at $2.99.

Having previously reviewed the Bacon Crispy version on Carl's Jr.'s new Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Sandwiches (which replace their more standard but more expensive Hand-Breaded Chicken Fillet Sandwich), the Honey Mustard version gives the same juicy, crispy chicken tenders but with a markedly different sauce and flavor. It also suffers from the same problem.

The problem is the weak bun. Not that it was weak tasting but that it was structurally weak; it doesn't hold the chicken and the veggies in place very well. While eating, the chicken tenders tend to shift around and threaten to fall out of the sandwich completely. The sandwich would have been better served if Carl's Jr. used the sturdier sesame bun instead of the more fragile plain bun.

I like Carl's Jr.'s Chicken Tenders and how well they go with honey mustard sauce; the sauce adds a light sweetness and mustard flavor that fits in well with the rest of the ingredients. There was enough chicken to fill out the bun (but chicken tenders tend to vary in size so your mileage may differ).

The lettuce and tomatos were fresh and of good fast food quality.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Honey mustard is an overlooked but enjoyable twist to the standard chicken filet sandwich and Carl's chicken tenders are yum. You just have to be careful to grip the sandwich carefully and adjust for interior shifting. Don't walk while eating one of these.

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Honey Mustard Hand-Breaded Chicken Tender Sandwich (213g)
Calories - 440 (from Fat - 180)
Fat - 20g (Saturated Fat - 3.5g)
Sodium - 940mg
Carbs - 44g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 22g


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1 comment :

  1. If they would keep the size of the chicken tenders consistent for the sandwich, then it sounds pretty good. As you said though, when I get them by themselves, there is a large variance in size... so 3 bucks seems a bit much if I end up with small ones.

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