Oct 10, 2010

Around the World: McDonald's Japan - iCon' Chicken

Apparently, chicken is what is being pushed at McDonald's Japan.  I have to say McDonald's Japan seems to get a lot more limited-time and outlandish items on their menu. In the month of October - early November, they are getting four different chicken sandwiches... complete with a somewhat long chicken dance, it feels like a children's show:

Inexplicably, the dance is lead by an American guy... in English and has caused my eye to start twitching. But on to the limited-time iCon' Chicken sandwiches:

Interesting selection, no?

Currently being served is the Cheese Fondue iCon' Chicken:
It features a cheese covered or "fondued" chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese (more cheese? really?!), bacon, and lettuce on a fancy bun. It's kinda gross looking, but oddly compelling.

After that is the German Sausage iCon' Chicken sandwich:
The sandwich features a crispy chicken thigh patty, a slice of grilled pork sausage, mozzarella cheese, pickled cabbage, and some kind of tart-looking sauce.

Third is the Diavolo iCon' Chicken, an Italian-inspired sandwich:

It features a spicy-hot-sauce-covered chicken breast with bacon, cheddar, and lettuce.

Finally, there's the Carbonara iCon' Chicken sandwich:

It too is sauce covered, this time with a cheesy, peppery sauce. In addition, the sandwich contains scrambled eggs, bacon, and mozzarella cheese.

It's menu items like these that make me which McDonald's here in the States had an international month where we could sample the many different menu items they serve abroad. I doubt I'd eat any of these sandwiches more than one, but still, it'd be an interesting experience.


  1. I am an American in Japan for a 2.5 month trip and I whole heartedly agree with the international month. The cheese fondue is amazing! I have had it twice. The teriyaki burger that is a regular menu item is good too. The burger patties and chicken breasts are smaller, but every serving size in Japan is. They also have a filet-o-prawn. Like the filet-o-fish but with a patty made out of shrimp (think tempura shrimp). The lemon and pepper chicken sandwhich is way too oniony for my taste, but I like the fact that you can pick whatever toy you want with happy meals and corn is an alternative to french fries. I like to finish my Mickey D's off with an exoctic flavor of Baskin Robbins ice cream (like green tea, apple sorbet or sweet bean).

  2. Whats the idea with the name? iCon? Is it an apple product, lol?

  3. I have no idea. I just figured it's a Japanese thing like how they like to use English words in a lot of their marketing.

  4. I am jealous. Well, at least you know they'll always come out with something new soon enough.


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