Review: Carl’s Jr. Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have recently released what is supposed to be the giant chicken sandwich of the fast food world: The Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich. The sandwich features a sizable slab of fried chicken and a simple configuration of lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise all on a Fresh Baked Bun.

Price: $3.99

Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich

The Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich, although a new item, doesn’t seem very new. It features a simplistic count of four ingredients on a bun. But the beauty of this sandwich is how deceptive it is. The fried chicken sandwich seems boring and done a million times before, and Carl’s Jr. could have tried to jack it up in any one of thousands of ways, but in this case simple is better.

Carl’s Jr. is known to aim for taste over nutrition on almost all accounts, and the Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich is no exception. While the nutrition facts on it surprised me (is it the bun maybe? KFC’s Double Down was only 540 calories), the flavor makes up for it and then some. I’ve eaten a lot of fast food chicken sandwiches, but this was without a doubt the tastiest chicken sandwich to have graced these lips.

Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich

The fillet of chicken featured the most perfectly crispy fried coating I could imagine. It was crispy, light, and full of flavor. The chicken inside was perfectly moist and juicy, and every ounce of chicken was perfectly cooked. The chicken was indeed larger than any I’ve seen at other fast food establishments, but only by a marginal amount. My only qualm with the chicken is that it the saltiness needed to be brought down ever so slightly.

Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich

I had never tried Carl’s Jr.’s Fresh Baked Buns until today, and one bite had me converted. What did Carl’s Jr.’s old buns even taste like? The Fresh Baked Bun was delicious! It had a rich, buttery roll flavor and had a wonderfully soft texture to it. I believe these buns would enhance any burger on Carl’s Jr.’s menu.

I appreciate that Carl’s Jr. aimed for simplicity with the ingredients since the chicken and bun do all the talking here. As usual, the produce from Carl’s Jr. was fairly standard, but quite often I will get a huge, awkward piece of lettuce, and unfortunately I got one on my Big Chicken Fillet. I had to pick off this huge, almost ball-shaped piece of lettuce to be able to hold the sandwich properly (as a result, it is absent from the photos). As for the mayonnaise, it was applied in a good amount, but it could have been spread a bit more evenly on the bottom bun.

Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich

Overall the Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich was a pleasant surprise, and a has set a new bar for me when it comes to fried chicken sandwiches. I would have rated this sandwich even higher (not that I could go much higher!) if it wasn’t for the slightly excess saltiness and monster piece of lettuce. Great breasts and great buns, what more could you ask for? The Big Chicken Fillet comes highly recommended!

Taste: 9/10
Presentation: 7/10
Spiciness: 0/10
Value: 7.5/10

Pros: Huge, tender, juicy, crispy, flavorful chicken. Fresh Baked Bun is a huge improvement over the standard Carl’s Jr. buns, simple and tasty
Cons: Seems pretty bad for you for a simple chicken sandwich with mayo, there was a huge awkward piece of lettuce that disfigured the sandwich

Nutrition Facts
Calories: 800 / Calories from Fat: 400 / Total Fat: 45g / Sat. Fat: 8g / Trans Fat: 0g /
Cholesterol: 90mg / Sodium: 2060mg / Carbs: 65g / Dietary Fiber: 4g / Sugars: 11g / Protein: 34g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.


  1. I am kinda surprised to see such a positive review on this sandwich. Maybe I should give it another try because compared to the chicken sandwich at Wendy’s I had the other day this was lackluster. My bun wasn’t all the fresh and not as soft as I would imagine. I would have preferred the regular bun, but maybe I just went to the wrong location. My chicken patty didnt even cover the whole bun, which kinda ticked me off since they are advertising it as huge. I thought the Ciabatta sandwich at Wendy’s was better by a country mile.

    • My sandwich was definitely hot and fresh (I happened to go during the lunch rush). I can see that it wouldn’t take much to make this sandwich lackluster, but I ended up enjoying this about as much as the Ciabatta Chicken sandwich from Wendy’s which I also gave a 9. Actually, not too long ago I ate another Tuscan Chicken on Ciabatta and it didn’t turn out near as well as the one I reviewed, so freshness can really make or break these things. It sucks that it can sometimes just be the luck of the draw.

  2. AWFUL! The only thing big about this sandwich is the bun! Over cooked, very thin piece of chicken (?). For almost $5 would expect a filet that didn’t taste like fish

  3. Terrible sandwich plain as day it ain’t $3.99 it’s $5.19. Pathetic sandwich for five bucks and fried to boot. What’s even worse is that if you use the coupon they don’t even tell you that you can get the bacon Swiss chicken sandwich (two of those) buy one get one free get one free instead of the pathetic plain chicken one.
    So if you order one pathetic sandwich and one bacon swiss chicken sandwich (which isn’t bad) you pay $6.67 and you don’t even realize you could have two bacon swiss chicken sandwiches for the same price!

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