Wendy’s Flavor-Dipped Chicken Sandwiches (BBQ & Buffalo)

Dipping a chicken patty into a sauce like you’re trying to get it to admit it’s a witch sounds like a great way to ensure there’s flavor in every bite, such is the case with the new Wendy’s Flavor-Dipped Chicken Sandwiches, but a sauce soaked piece of chicken is also a spectacular way to ruin an $80 shirt from Banana Republic or hide your mistress’ lipstick stain on your collar from your girlfriend/wife.

The Flavor-Dipped Chicken Sandwich comes in two flavors: BBQ and Buffalo. The BBQ version also consists of onions and pickles inside a bun, while the Buffalo version is also made up of lettuce, tomatoes, and a blue cheese sauce in between a bun. While both mostly have different ingredients, they have one thing in common — both are extremely fucking messy. After eating one, my hands were covered in enough sauce that it looked like I was the one who sensually massaged the sauce onto the chicken patty. A napkin was not enough to clean the mess, I needed a shower. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little bit, but I did use enough napkins to make an Ent cry.

The chicken patties for both sandwiches may have gotten dipped in sauce like a nerd’s head in a toilet, but the flavors weren’t as strong as I thought it would be. The BBQ sauce wasn’t very tangy and the Buffalo sauce wasn’t as spicy as Hooters wings. Although, the Buffalo sandwich might not have been too spicy because of the blue cheese sauce, which I didn’t even know it had until I researched the sandwich on the Wendy’s website. The pickles and onions in the BBQ version of the sandwich definitely enhanced its flavor and gave it a little more crunch, while the lettuce and tomatoes in the Buffalo one will allow some people to proclaim they had vegetables today.

Overall, both sandwiches were decent tasting, but I really expected more out of them, not only in taste, but also in size. These sandwiches weren’t very big, but I reckoned them to be because I paid almost five bucks for each of them. Apparently, not only is gas an expensive liquid, but so are BBQ and Buffalo sauces. So I guess I’d better hoard the stuff whenever I order Chicken McNuggets and scrape it off my $80 Banana Republic shirt whenever I spill some on it.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 sandwich – Buffalo – 530 calories, 220 calories from fat, 24 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 1840 milligrams of sodium, 510 milligrams of potassium, 52 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 26 grams of protein, 15% Vitamin A, 10% Vitamin C, 10% Calcium, and 15% Iron. BBQ – 450 calories, 110 calories from fat, 12 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 40 milligrams cholesterol, 1430 milligrams sodium, 450 milligrams potassium, 60 grams carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar, 25 grams of protein, 2% Vitamin A, 8% Vitamin C, 8% Calcium, and 15% Iron.)

Item: Wendy’s Flavor-Dipped Chicken Sandwiches (BBQ & Buffalo)
Price: $4.69 each
Purchased at: Wendy’s
Rating: 6 out of 10 (BBQ)
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Buffalo)
Pros: Decent tasting. Lots of sauce. BBQ one is “healthier” than Buffalo version. Wonderful source of protein. Pickles and onions in BBQ version. Lettuce and tomatoes are vegetables.
Cons: Flavors weren’t as strong as I expected for something that’s dipped in sauce. BBQ sauce wasn’t very tangy and Buffalo sauce wasn’t very spicy. Blue cheese sauce wasn’t very noticeable. Pricey for what you get. Extremely fucking messy. Making Ents cry. Wonderful source of sodium. Ruining an $80 Banana Republic shirt with sauce. Excessive napkin use. Trying to get a piece of chicken to admit it’s a witch.

22 thoughts to “Wendy’s Flavor-Dipped Chicken Sandwiches (BBQ & Buffalo)”

  1. This just seems crazy expensive. I don’t think I’ve ever paid over $4 for a fast food sandwich.

    I’m not really a Wendy’s eater but I’d probably go for the buffalo over the bbq, but I just don’t like bbq sauce over chicken. It does seem excessively messy though. I’d prefer to have the sauce on the side and be able to dunk.

    Also, do they have these pre-made and already wrapped or do they dip the patty into the sauce when you order them?

    And lastly, does anyone remember Wendy’s salad bars? Those were neat.

  2. Yikes, this does sound really crazy expensive. I think they must bump up the price for Hawaii, but even if it’s a buck cheaper in the CONUS, I still think it’s pricey for a small sandwich. I can get something equivalent, although not dipped, for under $2 at JITB. And I think KFC has a similar sandwich also that’s cheaper.

  3. Buffalo and bbq are a little too similar in the flavor department for me and neither are my favorites. When they start soaking meat in ranch dressing I’ll consider spending $5.

  4. I saw the tv commercial for these, and it made me feel ill! DIPPING the chicken in flavor sauce? EWWWW. And your photos make the things even less appetizing! You know you do us a great service, Marvo.

  5. So basically you wasted all your napkins eating this messy sandwich, all for no real flavor. Shame, really!

  6. I finally saw the TV commercials for this. I was gonna try it, but man that’s kinda pricey even if its cheaper over here. definitely not worth ruining your Banana rep shirt. @natalie – I totally remember wendy’s salad bars, it was awesome! Thats the one where they had self serve pasta too right?

  7. I had one of these today after reading Fast Food Critic’s endorsement. I didn’t have any problems with mess (though I had the Buffalo variety–perhaps it’s different with the BBQ variant,) although I agree with you on the price. $7.35 for the medium combo is vicious.

  8. I remember wendys salad bar and I miss it. I tried both these sandwiches and I was still hungry at the end and 12.13 lighter. The sandwiches were tasty but come on wow costly. just get the .99 double cheeseburger AND END IT !

  9. Almost 5 bucks?! Those things both look like the 99 cent chicken sandwich covered in coagulated blood! I don’t know if they still have it (and it’s also ridiculously expensive, but I know you have expensive, refined tastes Marvo-san), but Denny’s has a buffalo chicken sandwich with bleu cheese dipping sauce which is nearly the best thing on their menu (I know, I know; that’s not saying much!).

  10. Funny, I had a similar reaction overall to Taco Bell’s new triple steak burrito tonight; both to the ridiculous price (four dollars in its case) and the merely okay taste.

  11. I’ll agree with everyone else and say “Jesus Christ, that’s pricey!” But then again, if you’re rolling with an 80 dollar shirt, you’re probably lighting cigars with 20’s anyway.

  12. @Natalie – I’m not sure if they pre-dipped them or not, but being fast food I’m pretty sure they do. A lot of newer burgers out there are getting pretty pricey. Carl’s Jr. burgers can go up to 6 or 7 bucks easily at some of the new Burger King sandwiches are in the 4-5 price range.

    @Chuck – KFC has the Snacker, which are quite small. Smaller than these.

    @armauld – I predict that will be the next flavor-dipped sandwich flavor, along with chipotle and honey mustard.

    @nat – But at the same time I do a horrible disservice to my digestive system.

    @Heidi – I guess it’s better than using my shirt or couch or someone’s dog.

    @Bryan – I was really surprised by the price and it turns out that these aren’t too much cheaper on the mainland. Definitely not a cheap eats.

    @Grant – I didn’t even purchase the combo because that would have cost an arm and a leg.

  13. @Suzanne – If I had an arm long enough, I would do that…on both cheeks. I’ve been good. Just chilling and enjoying the warm weather. How are you, Miss One-Of-The-Original-Readers-Of-TIB?

    @Neil – You know what I think it is, I think the sauces have gold in them. That would explain the extremely high prices for them.

    @Sea Hag – You got the Lord of the Rings reference… you just got sexier and sexier.

    @Molly – What? You’re going to make me drive to Waikiki or Pearlridge to eat that?

    @Mia – The triple steak burrito seems like it would be similar to the double steak burrito I’m sure Taco Bell introduced sometime in the past.

    @Ace – No, no, no, no. I don’t like cigars with 20s. I light cigars with 50s and wipe my ass with 20s.

  14. the only thing i remember from wendy’s salad bars is how the spaghetti was always all dried out. i still ate it though. go figure.

    marvo- sorry to hear about your $80 banana republic shirt. perhaps you can procure some ancient DiDiSeven and get that saucy stain out! and then write a review of course. do they even still make DiDiSeven? maybe try some oxiclean and give billy mays something to yell about. oh wait… he already does that.

  15. @Bob Lagratta – If trash juice is good enough for hobos, it’s good enough for me.

    @Sea Hag – What? You’re not a stalker all ready? I was hoping you and bikerbabeee would fight in a baby oil wrestling match to see who would be my stalker.

    @momokeen – OMG! A DiDiSeven reference. Now that was obscure reference. Kudos to you!

  16. we have a tube of DiDiSeven in my basement. it’s got a dent in it which says it’s been used, but it’s still pretty much full. and made of aluminum. i am still unsure of its stain-removing efficiency.

  17. Is it because you live in the middle of the ocean that this is so expensive? because I thought it was cheaper.

    that being said, the buffalo doesn’t look too bad..besides the blue cheese sauce. ew, I want ranch.

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