Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review: McDonald's Hot 'n Spicy McChicken Sandwich

McDonald's Hot 'n Spicy McChicken is a recent add to their value-priced Dollar Menu. It features the same bun, shredded lettuce, and mayo as the standard McChicken, but comes with a spicier chicken patty.

I picked one up for $1 at my local McDonald's

If you're familiar with the McChicken, think of the Hot 'n Spicy as a McChicken with a sharp, spicy kick. A pretty serious heat departing from the normally mild McDonald's fare. I remember trying one of these on a road trip a long time ago and it was good, so I was pretty to happy to find it on the national menu now.

The chicken patty was moist and soft with a thin, adequately crispy coat. The taste starts out with same same flavor as a regular McChicken patty, but then introduces a pretty good spicy burn that I like, but is probably too strong for the mild-inclined, who probably wouldn't be buying it anyway. The mayo goes a long way in cooling the burn though.

I also bought a regular McChicken for comparison's sake. The regular version has strong notes of black pepper in the seasoning, but I couldn't really taste it after taking a bite of the spicy version. The patty colors are the only visual cues that differentiate the two value-priced chicken sandwiches; the Hot 'n Spicy has a orange-red hue to it.

Hot 'n Spicy McChicken on the left.
The lettuce wasn't all that fresh or crisp on this occasion; it was probably below average for fast food. The bun was nice and soft; there's a bit of a cloud-like or cotton-y quality to it that had me holding it lightly, but also makes it satisfying to squish.

Bottomline: if you like the McChicken, but always yearned for a heartier kick of heat. The Hot 'n Spicy is the cure for what ails ya.

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Hot 'n Spicy McChicken - 5.1 oz (146g)
Calories - 380 (from Fat - 160)
Fat - 17g (Saturated Fat - 3g)
Sodium - 1030mg
Carbs - 41g (Sugar - 22g)
Protein - 15g
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