Feb 14, 2011

Review: Wendy's - Asiago Ranch Chicken Club

Wendy's new Asiago Ranch Chicken Club replaces their previous chicken club with a more bolder version. The new club sandwich replaces Swiss with a more trendy Asiago and takes out the mayo for a more interesting Ranch sauce. The rest of the ingredients are the same familiar bacon (thicker and Applewood-smoked now), iceberg lettuce, tomato, and your choice of chicken (homestyle, spicy, or grilled) on a premium soft bun.

Suggested retail price is $4.79 but it goes for $4.99 at my local Wendy's.

According to Wendy's, their Asiago cheese is a "naturally-aged Italian cheese with a rich, nutty flavor." While the I tasted a distinct nutty flavor when I tore off a little piece of the cheese, it is largely lost when combined with the other ingredients especially the Ranch sauce which was particularly strong.
I opted for the Homestyle deep-fried and breaded chicken patty and it was nice, substantial, and crunchy but not particularly juicy (meaning it had been sitting in the warmer for a while). There were only two slices of bacon or more like one slice cut in half. They were flavorful but weren't particularly crispy; I really could have used a third slice.

I wanted more lettuce. I feel odd typing that but I only got a sad, single, miserly slice of lettuce and iceberg lettuce is one of the cheapest ingredient in a sandwich! There's really no point in having a single, thin piece lettuce of lettuce especially in a "premium" sandwich.
I'm also not sure I like this bun they use for this sandwich; it's very soft and fairly dense with a moist, soft crust. It reminds me quite a bit of the Hawaiian bun for the KFC's Doublicious sandwich and looks a lot like Wendy's Kaiser bun. However, it's inferior and I would have much preferred the more familiar, and more Wendy's, Kaiser bun.

I'm not saying that Wendy's Asiago Ranch Chicken Club is a bad sandwich, it was actually fairly tasty but it has definite shortcomings that make me feel like I"m just not getting a good value for my money.

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Nutritional Info - Wendy's Asiago Chicken Ranch Club - Homestyle (267g)
Calories - 660 (Calories from Fat - 310)
Fat - 34g (Saturated Fat - 10g)
Sodium - 1490mg
Carbs - 55g (Sugar - 8g)
Protein - 33g

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