Is McDonald's Scared of the Chick-fil-A Sandwich?
It sure looks like a little copying is going on here!
The chicken sandwich wars seem to have simmered a little here in the United States, but there seems to be a shot fired every now and then, and I consider what I tried at McDonalds to be one of those shots.
I was in need of a quick lunch and figured I'd grab some Chicken McNuggets and a cheeseburger and run back to the office, but while I was in the drive-thru line I noticed a new (or newer) spicy, crispy chicken sandwich. My interest was peaked, so I ordered it instead of nuggets and returned to my office.
Upon spreading my lunch out on my desk, I was really surprised by the packaging of the spicy chicken sandwich. The sandwich was packaged in the same style foil and paper sack that Chick-fil-A uses. This is of note to a person like me because I credit the Chick-fil-A packaging for two key characteristics of the Chick-fil-A sandwich; their chicken sandwich is served hot out of that packaging and the bun is kind of steamed by the moisture of the hot chicken.
The packaging is suspiciously similar!
The McDonald's spicy chicken sandwich differs in one major way from the Chick-fil-A version of a spicy chicken sandwich though. The Chick-fil-A spicy sandwich has a spicy breading on the chicken. The McDonald's version uses a spicy, mayonnaise based sauce. I actually enjoyed this take on a spicy chicken sandwich, even though I found the amount of sauce on the sandwich to be leaning towards the excessive side. The heat was strong enough to add a nice flavor but not too strong to distract from the meal or overpower the chicken. I know many who would find this heat to be too lacking and weak. But I like heat, on occasion, to be more of a flavor component and not always a kick in the face. And just like Chick-fil-A, there is the requisite pickle present too!
Looks like the standard chicken sandwich!
Seems like a lot of sauce!
I think I'd order this again! I'm actually curious about the regulars McDonald's chicken sandwich, and may try it out it out of curiosity to see if it's a downright and blatant copy of the Chick-fil-A sandwich, as I suspect it might try to be.