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Food Review: Wendy's Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich

By Mike Thayer

Wendy's Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich
Good meat to bun ratio

In the on-going Chicken Sandwich War, Wendy's has put another weapon on the battlefield, introducing its Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich on February 2.

The new sandwich is available in three menu options, grilled, classic, or spicy.  All three feature a habanero hot honey sauce to kick things up a notch and is served on a brioche bun.

Here's the description of the classic version from the Wendy's website: A juicy, lightly breaded crispy chicken breast topped with pepper jack cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, crunchy dill chips, and a drizzle of habanero hot honey sauce all on a toasted bun. Sweet, sweet burn.

This sandwich has received a lot of hype, so for dinner on another recent road trip, I decided to see what all the hype was about.

Wendy's Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich
The Crunchy Dill Chips are a nice element

I ordered the classic version and I enjoyed this sandwich.  The chicken was prepared nicely, I got a nice crunch in the seasoned breading, the meat was juicy and tender.  Providing a little heat was the pepper jack cheese, I got the slight smoke from the bacon and that habanero hot honey sauce was well balanced, excellent sweet heat.  But what put this sandwich into the YUM category for me was the crunchy dill chips.   This is a great add to this sandwich and I want it on others.  You get the twang from the pickle flavor and a bit of crunch as well, a bonus texture element you wouldn't get from just a traditional pickle.

Costing me $12.27 for a large combo meal to include fries and a drink, I'm giving Wendy's Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a worthy of a repeat buy, a sandwich that deserves a spot on the Chicken Sandwich War battlefield, but it's not good enough to take down Popeyes.

Four stars

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