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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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