May 22, 2014

News: Carl's Jr. / Hardee's - New Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's now offer what they're calling "the biggest chicken sandwich among all major fast food chains" in the new Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich.

It features a 5-ounce chicken breast seasoned with "Southern spices" before breaded and deep-fried. It comes with a fairly standard mix of lettuce, tomato, and mayo on their Fresh Baked Bun. A bacon and Swiss cheese version is also available mirroring their slightly cheaper, slighter smaller Chicken Tender Sandwiches. The Bacon Swiss Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich adds two strips of bacon and Swiss and offers a choice between mayo or ranch dressing.

Some of you might remember that Carl's Jr. and Hardee's previously had a Hand-Breaded Chicken Fillet Sandwich (which had a good-sized chicken fillet when I tried it back then) that got the ax in favor of the Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders Sandwich. Perhaps  it took much time to hand-bread the old version as they don't mention anything about hand-breading the new chicken fillet in the press release.

Looking at the Carl's Jr. website, these appear to be replacing the Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders Sandwiches (Update 6/10/14: I've confirmed that these are indeed replacing the Chicken Tender Sandwiches). It makes sense, since if kept on, they would occupy a weird middle between the premium-priced Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich and the value-priced Spicy Chicken Sandwich (that didn't work out so well for Wendy's The "W")

The Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich carries a suggested retail price of $3.99 (prices may vary) and is also available as part of a combo with fries and a drink for $6.49. The Bacon Swiss version is a buck more at $4.99 for the sandwich and $7.49 for a combo.

There's a coupon available on their respective websites for $1 off the Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich combo. You can find the Carl's Jr. coupon here and the Hardee's coupon here.

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich (306g)
Calories - 760 (from Fat - 370)
Fat - 41g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 2050mg
Carbs - 65g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 35g

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Bacon Swiss Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich (335g)
Calories - 860 (from Fat - 440)
Fat - 49g (Saturated Fat - 11g)
Sodium - 2540mg
Carbs - 67g (Sugar - 12g)
Protein - 41g

Nutritional Info - Hardee's Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich (331g)
Calories - 800 (from Fat - 400)
Fat - 45g (Saturated Fat - 8g)
Sodium - 2060mg
Carbs - 65g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 34g

Nutritional Info - Hardee's Bacon Swiss Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich (355g)
Calories - 900 (from Fat - 480)
Fat - 54g (Saturated Fat - 12g)
Sodium - 2500mg
Carbs - 65g (Sugar - 12g)
Protein - 40g