While everyone sits around twiddling their thumbs waiting for Popeyes to announce the return of its chicken sandwich, Ronald and the gang have quietly dropped a couple of intriguing chicken sammies of their own.
I’ve never understood chicken for breakfast, but guess what? I don’t have to understand it. We live in the golden age of fast food, so I could roll up to the drive-thru and get a Chicken McGriddles and a McChicken Biscuit at three in the afternoon – and that’s exactly what I did.
I’m pretty sure these sandwiches aren’t “new,” but this was the first time they hit the menu in my neck of the woods. “Secret Menu” aficionados probably scoff at the idea of a McChicken on a biscuit or griddle cake, but these were revolutionary to a sheltered sap such as myself.
Do you like the McChicken? Do you like McDonald’s biscuits and McGriddle cakes? Well then, I think you can imagine what you’re getting here. Personally, I can live without the McChicken, but those McGriddle cakes, ohhhh baby, do I love me some McGriddle cake.
I’ll start with the biscuit because it was the less successful of the two. The McChicken is not exactly a moist (he said “moist,” oh the horror!) piece of meat, so pairing it with a dry, crumbly biscuit only works if you also slather it in some kind of sauce. It doesn’t come with one.
In hindsight, some honey or maple syrup would have improved this significantly. If you’re not in the mood for breakfast, some BBQ sauce will work as well. That’s the beauty of chicken on a biscuit. So, the McChicken Biscuit is decent, but make sure you ask for sauce.
The McGriddles version is a McChicken patty between the two cakes, no eggs or cheese, and that was fine with me. The grease and maple syrup pockets of the McGriddle cakes provided the lubricant (a word more gross than “moist”) that the biscuit lacked.
Anyone who enjoys the sweet and savory combo of chicken and waffles should be all-in on the Chicken McGriddles. I’m of the opinion that the McGriddles are the best McDonald’s menu addition in the past 20 years, and this isn’t changing my mind. I might go back and see if I can try them with eggs added. I’m sure it’s legit.
I have to reiterate the McChicken is a middle of the road fast food sandwich at best. I couldn’t help but think this would be better with someone else’s chicken. A Popeyes filet patty between two McDonald’s McGriddle cakes would be an instant 10.
These both go down easy and can be eaten at any time of day, so they’re definitely worth checking out. They should make you forget about your Popeyes fever for a spell.
I dig this expansion of the McDonald’s brand. Maybe we can try a McGriddles Burger soon without knowing someone who works there or ordering from some secret Illuminati’s menu.
Purchased Price: $5.52 (for both – 2 for $4 before 10:30 a.m.)
Rating: 5 out of 10 (Biscuit), 7 out of 10 (McGriddle)
Nutrition Facts: Biscuit – 420 calories, 20 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 1040 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein. McGriddle – 390 calories, 15 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 1000 milligrams of sodium, 51 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein.
8 thoughts to “REVIEW: McDonald’s Chicken McGriddles and McChicken Biscuit”
Vin! You’re a genius with your McGriddle cake/Popeye’s chicken mashup and I’m totally stealing the idea.
At the location I go to in Seattle, they are also offering a Chicken McMuffin. No egg, no cheese, just chicken in between english muffins. And I have to say, it’s the best of the 3. Something about the crunchy muffin with the salted, crunchy chicken just works
Are these national? I haven’t seen them in upstate NY at all 🙁
The McDonald’s Chicken Biscuit used to be one of my favorite items that McD’s had for breakfast. However, it was an actual piece of chicken and on par with the Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit. Granted, it was rather pricey at close to $4 from what I can recall. I saw where they had dropped the price and now I know why. I tried this new iteration the other day and was quite disappointed. Now I see why the price has dropped. These new chicken offerings are basically the $1 McChicken processed patty on a biscuit or McGriddle. I’m sure some people will like them, but I don’t.
I specially order the mcchickwn biscuit all the time but with lettuce and light mayo,dont knock it til you try it ! And still just $1 and much more filling
I tried the McGriddles one a few weeks ago and while the cakes were perfect, the chicken really let it all down. Not only was it the processed chicken patty, but it was loaded with pepper and ruined the taste of the whole thing for me.
Maybe when Popeye’s has their sh!t together again, I’ll run by McDonald’s and get some McGriddles to go, take them to Popeye’s and buy their sandwich, then swap the bun for the McGriddles!
If McDonald’s can come out with a hot honey sauce to go with the Chicken McGriddle, I’ll eat it.
I just want to say. As a Grandmom of 13 and mother of 5 grown kids I have spent a lot of time over the years at McDonalds but for my taste I love the sausage, egg and cheese McGriddles but the peppery chicken patty McGriddle is just nasty. If they backed off the pepper a bit It might not be so bad but its way to peppery for my taste buds. McDonald check out and listen to these reviews there is a lot of YOUR money riding on it. Lol
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