Mar 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


  1. I had a H&S McChicken a few days ago and I loved it! I can't believe it's only a dollar and I'll be getting me one every time I go through their drive-thru. I love the kick it has to it and it's wonderfully tasty and the orange chicken patty and mayo compliment each other very well! McD's really outdid themselves with this addition to the Dollar Menu!

  2. Can't wait to try this but no mayo for sure. Can't think of anything that ruins a chicken sandwich more than a glob of that white stuff.

  3. This does look good for the price, and I think you're right about the mayo.The way McD's applies it, I agree, it's way too much usually. I like a little mayo with spicy sandwiches, so I'll probably just wipe most of it off

  4. I don't know why your lying. The mayo does the sandwich pretty good, also it is just mmmm good! The way i like my sandwich is really unique.. First, i open the bun put a couple of fries in it. Then, i usually get hot buffalo sauce (with the regular McChicken) Lastly, i get a large coke to top it off && i ENJOY!

  5. I CANT BElieve your lying you do not lick spicy chicken your mom me that you dont like it and you buy it for your girlfriend that she likes it to

  6. BaconBaconBaconMonday, July 01, 2013

    Whoa, these weren't always avaliable nation-wide? I live in Maryland and I've been eating these since I was little!


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