McDonald’s has two ways to eat its decent breakfast chicken—and we find a third 1

Photo: Aimee Levitt

2019 was the Chinese Year of the Pig and the American quick meals Year of the Fried Chicken Sandwich. For these of you who weren’t breathlessly following the dramatic saga, all you will have to know is that Popeyes received and everyone else misplaced, however particularly McDonald’s, who, within the midst of the insanity, made precisely one contribution: a stunningly mediocre Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich. A leaked memo to McDonald’s franchise homeowners earlier month revealed that the corporate was encouraging staff to ignore latest lawsuits and different unpleasantness and give attention to the rooster, maybe served with a facet of candy tea.

Accordingly, this morning McDonald’s debuted its two new breakfast rooster sandwiches based mostly on the basic Chick-fil-A/Hardee’s/Bojangles mannequin: a rooster patty sandwiched between two bread-like issues. Everyone is aware of the most effective—and actually, the one acceptable—base for a breakfast rooster sandwich is a biscuit, however McDonald’s had to put its stamp on the factor, so there’s not solely the McChicken Biscuit but additionally the Chicken McGriddle, which truly has the Arches emblazoned on it. (Why no McMuffin, McDonald’s? What are you so afraid of?)

Naturally The Takeout employees had to go give them a attempt. We headed over to the fancy new McDonald’s flagship that has changed the late, lamented Rock ’n’ Roll McDonald’s. There are cellphone chargers embedded within the tables and a tree rising in an atrium proper in entrance of the counter, however we paid no consideration to these wonders. We have been there for the McChicken.

We tried the Chicken McGriddles first. This is as a result of we anticipated the biscuit can be higher and we needed to extend the anticipation. Neither of us had ever had a McGriddle earlier than. We understood, based mostly on its form and its maple taste, that it was most likely supposed to resemble a pancake, however in texture, it was extra spongy than fluffy, prefer it had performed some severe time beneath a warmth lamp, and the sweetness of the maple overwhelmed the flavour of the rooster. It took a number of bites earlier than we realized that the rooster had flecks of pepper in it—it takes a lot of maple flavoring to drown out pepper, however the Chicken McGriddles proved it may very well be performed.

Next, the McChicken Biscuit. This was—there’s no different means to say this—a Yankee biscuit. Southern quick meals biscuits are crispy and buttery on the skin and dry and flaky inside. The McBiscuit was dry throughout. That did enable us a higher style of the rooster, although, which was crispy and spicy, and simply greasy sufficient to maintain the biscuit from getting caught in our throats.

Both sandwiches are superior to the dry, unhappy issues you should purchase at Starbucks, however nonetheless a notch or two under a true Southern quick meals rooster biscuit. Still, if you happen to should, one of the simplest ways to eat the Breakfast McChicken is to get each sandwiches, after which swap out the lids so that you just get one McGriddle, half of 1 biscuit, and one piece of rooster. It’s simply the best stage of candy and spicy and salty, simply the best factor for breakfast.

Chicken McGriddles

Calories: 390
Total Fat: 14 g
Total Carbs: 51 g
Protein: 14 g
Sodium: 980 mg

McChicken Biscuit

Calories: 420
Total Fat: 20 g
Total Carbs: 46 g
Protein: 14 g
Sodium: 1040 mg


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