REVIEW: McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich

McDonald's Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich

If McDonald’s took its chicken sandwich menu and made it into one of those evolution progress pictures of the monkey slowly crawling out of the sludge and walking upright, the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich would be somewhere on the right side, while dollar menu stalwart McChicken would be somewhere on the left.

That’s not to trash the McChicken, of course. On some days I would rather be a half-fish, half-monkey thing wandering around just chillin’, eating snacks on an island. Maybe I’ll eat a coconut today. Maybe I’ll eat some sand. Can I digest sand? Oh, it’s time for bed? G’nite!

The Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich boasts a buttermilk crispy chicken filet, an artisan roll, tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise. That’s only a handful of ingredients, which is good news, because I can’t count past five. (My developmental years were spent eating McDonald’s.) But the low number also means they are putting stock into each element. It mostly pays off.

The chicken patty itself has a particularly fine breading and a nice uniform texture throughout the meat. The breading is also a bit grittier, which gives each bite a little more crunch. At first taste, it comes off a bit over-salted, but as the entire sandwich is taken in, the flavor seems to even out. The protein is a step up in quality from the other chicken offerings, but it’s unclear what part buttermilk actually plays in the cooking process. Doused? Marinated? Friends with benefits? Admired from afar for many years?

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The artisan roll is the same one featured on all the other premium McDonald’s sandwiches. It’s soft, chewy, and a suitable springboard for this sandwich. The tomato is unspectacular but inoffensive and the lettuce has a decent snap that breaks up the monotony. In fact, the entire item is a textural success, with almost every bite featuring a spectrum of feelings, like a teenage romance.

If there is a complaint, it is of the mayonnaise. I will concede that on my particular sandwich the construction was uneven—the “mayonnaise dressing” was applied in a glob on one side and sparsely on the other. So your mileage may vary, but my bites that contained the mayo spread were pretty overpowering. They actually reminded me a lot of the taste of the McChicken, which is often doused in the stuff like it came out of a fire hose. That treatment seems especially egregious since this sandwich is around three bucks more than the McChicken.

The quality is there and so is the price. Is the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich three times better than a McChicken as the price would indicate? I’m not sure. While it has all the trappings of a higher quality sandwich, if I were scratching that chicken itch, I don’t know if I would regularly splurge. Now, if McDonald’s made a sandwich out of that half-fish, half-monkey thing, I would be all over it. But they’d probably only offer it in Norway or something.

(Nutrition Facts – 580 calories, 220 calories from fat, 24 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 65 grams of cholesterol, 900 milligrams of sodium, 62 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, 29 grams of protein.)

Item: McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Purchased Price: $4.79
Size: N/A
Purchased at: McDonald’s
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Great texture. Chicken is quality compared with previous chicken offerings. Artisan bun is soft.
Cons: Could be too salty for some. Globs of mayonnaise. Pricey.

FAST FOOD NEWS: Burger King Chips Ahoy S’mores Shake

Burger King Chips Ahoy S'mores Shake

It appears Burger King will soon be offering a Chips Ahoy S’mores Shake. Impulsive Buy reader Rene took the pictures above at a Burger King location in Visalia, California. According to Rene, the shake has Chips Ahoy cookie pieces blended into the soft serve, and as you can see in the photo they are also added as a topping. Also, either the soft serve or whipped topping (or maybe both) is marshmallow-flavored.

If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 8/28/2015

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by us and your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Campbell's Star Wars Condensed Soup
Campbell’s Star Wars Condensed Soup

May the soup be with you. (Spotted by Jenna at Target.)

Post Organic Goodness Purple Corn Flakes Cereal
Post Organic Goodness Purple Corn Flakes Cereal

Do purple corn flakes taste as bland as yellow corn flakes? (Spotted by Robbie at Costco.)

Simply Balanced Limited Time Only Caramel Macchiato Greek Lowfat Yogurt
Simply Balanced Limited Time Only Caramel Macchiato Greek Lowfat Yogurt

One of these days I’d like to see a product that’s labeled “artificially flavored with other artificial flavors.” (Spotted by Sylvia at Target.)

Ghirardelli Limited Edition Fall Assortment Chocolate Squares
Ghirardelli Limited Edition Fall Assortment Chocolate Squares

When I think of fall, I think of mocha and milk & caramel. I also think about them during winter, spring, and summer. (Spotted by Kelly at Walmart.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

Also, if you’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos or use the Google Search box on the right (or below if you’re on a mobile device) to find out.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Keebler Peanut Butter Chips Deluxe Cookies Made with Milk Chocolate M&M’s

Keebler Peanut Butter Chips Deluxe Cookies Made with Milk Chocolate M&M's

Geez, does the Red M&M’s have to look so smug on EVERYTHING? It looks like he just said, “Hey, Keebler Elf! I just made your Chips Deluxe Cookies better!” (Spotted by Jamie at Walmart.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Also, if you’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos or use the Google Search box on the right (or below if you’re on a mobile device) to find out.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Little Debbie Pumpkin Spice Rolls

Little Debbie Pumpkin Spice Rolls

Thank goodness this pumpkin spice product looks normal. I swear Little Debbie’s other pumpkin products, like their Pumpkin Delights Cookies and hexagonal Pumpkin Brownies, give me nightmares. (Spotted by James at Walmart.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Also, if you’re wondering if we’ve already covered something, search our Flickr photos or use the Google Search box on the right (or below if you’re on a mobile device) to find out.