Dec 30, 2020

Review: Jack in the Box - Cluck Sandwich

Jack in the Box's Cluck Sandwich features a new, thicker crispy-fried chicken filet topped with a mystery sauce and two pickles on a toasted brioche bun.

I bought one for $4.79.

The new chicken filet didn't seem particularly thick (but did seem thicker than the previous version) but my particular filet was tender and juicy with a light and crispy breading. There was a weird split in the middle of it that made me wonder if they didn't stick two cuts of chicken together for mine. The breading is less flaky and more bubbly. There wasn't much seasoning to the breading beyond the typical salt with a bit of garlic and onion. There was more than enough chicken width-wise to ensure bun coverage from start to finish (unless you tend to squish you chicken out when eating)

The mystery sauce was left to provide a bulk of the flavor and it offered a creamy mayo base with a sweet and tangy flavor. According to the ingredients, it's mostly mayo, tomato paste, brown sugar, and mustard with some spices added.

The pickles are your standard fast food pickles, which is to say they were sour and thin. My particular sandwich was graced with two(three?) of the smallest pickle slices I've ever gotten from a fast food restaurant and didn't amount to much as a result.

The brioche bun was a little sweeter and a little richer than their standard split top bun. It held together well and hit a decent middle between soft and firm.

Overall, Jack in the Box's Cluck Sandwich was pretty good and nice in its simplicity. I liked it a little better than Wendy's recent new chicken sandwich but wouldn't put it over Popeye's version (which has definitely been thicker chicken-wise when I've tried it and feels fresher altogether with livelier pickles, while being cheaper).

Nutritional Info - Jack in the Box Cluck Sandwich (210g)
Calories - 490 (from Fat - 190)
Fat - 22g (Saturated Fat - 4g)
Sodium - 1260mg
Carbs - 54g (Sugar - 10g)
Protein - 23g

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