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Jun 27, 2018

Review: KFC Pickle Fried Chicken Sandwich

KFC's Pickle Fried Chicken Sandwich features an Extra Crispy chicken filet covered in new dill pickle sauce, which consists of dill and vinegar flavors along with notes of onion, garlic, buttermilk, and white and black pepper.

It costs $4.49 for just the sandwich in my area and $5.99 for the sandwich with potato wedges and a drink. You can also pay $5.49 for a flavor basket, which includes either two Extra Crispy bone-in chicken or three Extra Crispy tenders covered in the sauce plus mashed potatoes and a biscuit.

Unlike KFC's other sauces, the pickle sauce isn't very visually distinctive, with a light yellow color to it and flecks of dill. It wouldn't be hard to mistake it for the chain's regular chicken without sauce.

The new sauce had a strong dill flavor that I really liked, paired with a mild dose of tangy pickle juice. The pickle sauce is only mildly sour and not at all overwhelming. I don't know about the seasonings but I also caught a bit of richness from the buttermilk. Unfortunately, the generous amount of pickles in the sandwich overshadowed the taste of the pickle sauce to the point where I'd recommend getting the sandwich without pickles or ordering the sauce with just chicken by itself.

The pickle sauce soaks into the bun rather quickly, though, and the sandwich can be somewhat messy as a result. The bun was otherwise super squishy and soft.

Beyond the sauce, the chicken filet was satisfyingly crunchy and juicy (and much better than the late night one I got before).

Overall, I enjoyed KFC's Pickle Fried Chicken Sandwich a fair bit. I really like the new pickle sauce but would definitely opt for the sandwich without pickles for better eating.


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