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McDonald's Southern style Chicken Sandwich

Can anyone who's tried one please describe the experience?

This article intrigued me:
http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyl...

...though I have no idea what "Chick-fil-A" is....

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  1. We've had one or two previous threads on this subject. The one I tried was crispy, relavitely skimpy on the chicken, not very flavorful, and seemed woefully underdressed with just a couple pickle slices.I'd have rated it about a B- if it had some lettuce, tomato and condiments. As it is, maybe a D+.

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    1. re: Emm

      D+ ain't bad for McD's....

      1. re: Jim Leff

        LOL. But it's pretty bad, considering I give a freshly made Big Mac a B- and a double cheese a solid C.

        The Asian salad's the one McD's item I rate an A.

        1. re: Emm

          I take it you don't mind barrels and barrels of salt, then, Emm. Had one of those Asian salads yesterday (in MickeyD's very much against my will). Great assortment of veggies, if you don't mind them being laid over some very tired iceberg lettuce. The grilled chicken tasted mostly like a saline brined kitchen sponge and the otherwise tasty packet of Newman's lo-fat Asian dressing had an appalling 31% RDA sodium. Un-freakin'-real! Even Caesar dressings, which are notoriously high sodium, usually top out at about 22% RDA. But their customer service e-mail tells me that they have healthy choices. Sure. Apple slices and water, anyone?

          1. re: rockycat

            I assume I'm going to consume tons of salt when I eat any fast food. Goes with the territory. Customer service? Fuggetaboutit. Doesn't come with the territory!

            Sounds like a good bet for you would be to make the Asian salad at home and carry it into McD's with you when forced to eat there. Seriously, it hadn't occurred to me to combine all those ingredients in a salad, but I do frequently fix it at home now.

            1. re: rockycat

              Some people aren't afraid of the world's best flavor enhancer, salt. In regards to it's reputation as 'unhealthy', the science is spotty at best---the best guess right now is that salt is similar to peanuts in that it is extremely unhealthful to a very small minority of people but harmless to almost everyone else in reasonable amounts. BTW, the federal RDA recs are laughable in many, many ways.

              That said, for a sandwich that you can have within 10 minutes from just about any location in the USA, it's pretty good, a 722 on my 1000 point scale ;).

      2. Creative photography and far ... far ... from superlative. Good for McDonald's in terms of the actual chicken. it is the first chicken item at McDonald's that actually tastes like real chicken. Still, it isn't that exciting and the ingrediant list is full of junk.

        It didn't seem to do much for the Chick-fil-A chain fans on this thread.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/514588

        IMO, not worth the calories or $ unless starving and there is nothing in miles but Micky D's. Even then I'd order the double cheeseburger or fillet o fish instead.

        Heh ... no question mark in the title ... I thought you actually tried this and it peaked my imagination. I was wondering if I missed something with the sandwich.

        I still want to try the one Chick-fil-A that is in my area if I ever past it by. I want to see if it is one of those good Southern chains like Popeye's.
        http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

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        1. re: rworange

          Chik-Fil-A is nothing like Popeyes. They do have their fans, but I've always found their food bland, although to their credit the condiment bar has those little ketchup-type packets of Tabasco sauce. For fast food it's fairly high quality, but nothing I'd go out of the way for.

          On the other hand, I have to make a point of avoiding the grocery store nearest my house because there's a Popeye's next door and I'd end up eating there all the time.

          1. re: JonParker

            One important distinction: At Chick-Fil-A, the packets are not tabasco, but a regional brand called Texas Pete. Far superior to the too-vinegary tabasco.

            1. re: Andrew in Alabama

              Just checked to see if there are any Chick-FilA locations up here, and found this curious location:
              http://www.chick-fil-a.com/localsite....

              other than that, closest is in paramus

              1. re: Andrew in Alabama

                Well the last time I was there, which has been a couple of years, they were definitely Tabasco. I don't know if they switched or if it depends on the area (I live in MD). I don't think Texas Pete is regional -- it's been available everywhere I lived.

                1. re: JonParker

                  Texas Pete is made in Winston-Salem NC. It's the standard condiment at many top NC barbecue joints. Good stuff!

          2. I really enjoy this sandwich--either as the breakfast biscuit or the one on a bun. I think it's perfect with just the few pickle slices and no sauce. It's nice and simple.

            1. Since I had coupons for free ones, I tried the bisquit and sandwich. Sure glad I didn't have to pay for them. Never again! Ugh!

              1. HORRIFIC

                Chick-fil-A & KFC much better. Stick to the traditional greasy McD's breakfast items.

                1. Tried one on Sunday after I saw the ads during the olympics . It seemed like they were actually trying to make something real and authentic.

                  I can't express how disappointed I am in myself for once again being duped by the McD's marketing department. I'm such a sucker. It could be the worst thing on their menu. I'll fill my fast food fried chicken sammie cravings from Popeye's - thank you very much.