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Sep 20, 2012

Review: Burger King - Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Burger King's Chicken Parmesan Sandwich is a fancier iteration of their occasional menu item, the Italian Chicken Sandwich. The Chicken Parmesan Sandwich comes with crispy or grilled chicken breast, mozzarella and shaved Parmesan cheeses, and marinara sauce on an artisan-style bun.

The suggested retail price is $4.79, but my local Burger King has them for $4.99. Fortunately, Burger King has a buy one, get one free coupon online, so I tried both the grilled and crispy versions.

I'm not sure what "artisan-style" means. Artisan, or artisanal, bread brings to mind someone making bread slow and steady with great care, which doesn't really work if you have to mass produce tens of thousands of buns (or more) and get them to where they're going. Regardless, Burger King's artisan-style bun is similar to  brioche bread though not quite as rich or buttery. It has a denser, more substantial feel than your standard burger bun, while still remaining soft. The density holds up better to sauces without soaking them in.

The sandwich is pretty simple: sauce, cheese, and chicken. I like simple and it works here.

The sauce was pretty good, tangy with a decent, seasoned sweetness, as well as a thick consistency that clung to the bun. If you like your chicken parmesan with a lot of sauce, it was used judiciously on mine, with enough for flavor for every bite while keeping it neat and tidy.

I was impressed by the mozzarella. You get a creamy, thick melted slab of it. The parmesan was a bit hard to pick out. I like that they used shaved bits of it, but it was a bit lost against the mozzarella (which isn't typically known as a strongly-flavored cheese).

Since I tried both the crispy and grilled, I'll start with the crispy chicken breast (i.e. the fried and battered version). While I got a nice thick piece of chicken, my particular patty much have been sitting for a while as there was no crunch to it and the chicken was a little dry. I've had BK's crispy chicken breast where it was right out of the fryer and had a satisfying crispy layer of batter, so I noticed it all the more when this one was kinda soft and soggy. There's not too much seasoning to the batter, but that's fine because the cheese and sauce provide a lot of flavor.

My grilled chicken patty, on the other hand, was super juicy (you can see the glimmer of juices in the picture). Between the two, it's better seasoned and tastier, but also more salty. If the crispy one was actually crispy, I would go with that (because the sauce and the cheese make up for the flavor), but because it wasn't this time around, I liked the grilled chicken better. Still, with chicken parmesan, you want that crispiness.

Overall, I enjoyed BK's Chicken Parmesan Sandwich. It is pricey (but comparable to BK's regular menu chicken sandwiches), but pretty good and really the only chicken parmesan burger-type deal you're going to find at a fast food chain. If the parmesan had a better bite to it and the crispy chicken was consistently crispy and juicy, I'd say it was excellent.

Nutritional Info - Burger King Chicken Parmesan Sandwich - Grilled (247g)
Calories - 470 (from Fat - 130)
Fat - 15g (Saturated Fat - 2.5g)
Sodium - 1600mg
Carbs - 46g (Sugar - 7g)
Protein - 37g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Chicken Parmesan Sandwich - Crispy (256g)
Calories - 610 (from Fat - 230)
Fat - 25g (Saturated Fat - 4.5g)
Sodium - 1720mg
Carbs - 60g (Sugar - 10g)
Protein - 36g

20 comments:

  1. Just got one tonight at the local BK (which has a pretty good track record for freshness). Solid 8/10.

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  2. Sounds pretty good, but almost $5 for the sandwich alone? Outrageous for a fast-food joint.

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  3. Yeah, I think $4 should really be the max for fast food burgers. The margins are higher on burgers like these usually.

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  4. Sorry, $5 is enough for a real chicken parm grinder.

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  5. I got one today. barely any marinara and cold COLD parmesan cheese slice on it. Not what I was expecting!!!! BK restaurant in north Houston.

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  6. Glad I read these comments... I will pass on the chicken parm sandwich (at $4.99 are you kidding me??!!) this time around. BK get with it, the sandwich is far from a $5 sandwich.

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  7. This sandwich is terrible, like eating a ball of rubber bands. Very little flavor and very little sauce.

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  8. This sandwich was nothing but a waste of money. You got me this time BK, won't happen again.

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  9. I should have read the reviews before I even stopped by BK. These reviews are spot on too. Taste horrible. I paid almost $8 for this mess.

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  10. Just got two of these bad boys...Cold un-melted cheese, a dime size drop of marinara, gritty chicken, and a hard dry bun.

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  11. Mine had a lot of cheese on it! It was great. Definitely could have used more marinara though and I with I'd gotten the crispy instead of the grilled because I think it would have better fit the theme. It could have used more flavor but overall I thought it was pretty good! Esp the substantial cheese!

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  12. This sandwich did not impress me. The Parmesan they use barely qualifies.

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  13. You all are sheep for even eating this garbage.

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  14. I was polite and paid for it but BK WILL NEVER get me again like they did for this chicken sandwich and large fries. $8.04 is a joke but the joke was on me this time.

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  15. While that is a really high price, maybe you should learn how to read numbers and calculate your local sales tax. Thanks for the joke now go eat some Rocky Mountain Oysters per your alias.

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  16. Oh I didn't realize you were dumb.. in the sense of not being able to speak. As in asking the employee what it costs before you ordered it if the price wasn't listed. My bad.

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  17. It's charming people like you that are usually working behind that speaker.

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  18. Fast food employees are great, I've never been one myself but they usually do a good job for not much money. You are the antithesis of one.

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