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Review: Wendy’s Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich

I’m guessing that the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger was a hit for Wendy’s, because now they’re rolling out a new pretzel bun sandwich nationwide. Meet the Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich. This sandwich features a fried chicken breast, spring mix, tomatoes, muenster cheese, honey mustard, and cheddar cheese sauce on Wendy’s new pretzel bun. I purchased a Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich for $5.89.

How Does It Taste?

Wendy's Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich

The Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger was one of the best burgers I’ve had at Wendy’s, and probably the fanciest burger I’ve ever eaten at a fast food joint. There were a few iffy things about it, but for the most part the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger was a winner for me. So when I found out my local Wendy’s just got in the new Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich, I was all down for it.

Wendy's Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich

The Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich contains similar ingredients to the burger version, with the main difference being chicken instead of a beef patty, and swap out the bacon for muenster cheese. I find it interesting that Wendy’s went with a muenster cheese instead of cheddar. Well at least it wasn’t that pasteurized processed stuff. Oh wait, that’s right, Wendy’s did put the processed stuff on this sandwich, but in the form of their cheese sauce.

The sandwich is quite tall and filled with goodies, which made it quite a messy eating experience. Holding the sandwich felt a bit awkward due to the slippery ingredients and rounded bun, but it held together fair enough. The Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich tasted quite good. As much as I enjoyed the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, I have to say that the fried chicken patty tasted a lot better in this context than the beef patty. The fried chicken also appeared to have a lighter breading to it than the one featured on the chain’s regular fried chicken sandwich.

Wendy's Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich

The muenster cheese was a nice thought on this sandwich, and I appreciate the effort, but it got buried under the flavors of the other ingredients. The produce on the Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich is the same as the burger version. This is perhaps the freshest produce I’ve had on a sandwich from a fast food chain. I definitely liked the spring mix, even though I still feel it to be an odd choice for throwing on a sandwich. I’m always up for a little added nutrition.

Wendy's Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich

The cheese sauce and honey mustard made a return, and this time they both worked out fantastically. The cheese sauce was layered on generously and it added a wonderful dimension of flavor to the sandwich. There seems to be mixed feelings about the cheese sauce, but for me the sandwich wouldn’t have been near the same without it. The honey mustard which I absolutely loathed on the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, added a slight sweetness to the Pretzel Chicken Sandwich which was more than welcome.

Wendy's Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich

I think what I really appreciate about this sandwich, besides the awesome flavor profile, is that the ingredients all felt pretty fresh for a fast food sandwich. I like the new direction Wendy’s is going, but I’m not so sure I want to see them go too far from their fast food roots. If the chain can balance higher-end fare like this with their standard “cheap” menu, I think the chain will be looking at future success.

Overview

Wendy’s Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich is essentially the fried chicken version of the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger. The chicken is fried in a lighter batter and worked better than the beef patty and bacon. The ingredients were all very fresh and melded together harmoniously. I loved the cheese sauce and honey mustard even more on the chicken sandwich than the burger. The muenster cheese seemed like a good idea, but it didn’t add much of anything to this busy sandwich. Overall the Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich ended up becoming my new favorite sandwich at Wendy’s.

The Score

Taste: 9/10
Presentation: 8/10

What I liked: I preferred chicken over a beef patty, cheese sauce, all the ingredients seemed fresh, pretty filling sandwich, one of the fanciest fast food sandwiches I’ve seen
What I didn’t like: Very messy to eat, pretzel bun didn’t add that much pretzel flavor, almost $6 for the sandwich alone

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 650
Calories from Fat: 260
Total Fat: 29g
Sat. Fat: 10g
Trans Fat: 0.5g
Cholesterol: 95mg
Sodium: 1450mg
Carbs: 62g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 35g

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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.

2 Comments

  1. I just finished eating this sandwich and I agree with your review for the most part, but I found that I liked the idea and the look of the spring mix a lot more than I liked the flavor. One of the lettuces used (Arugula?) had a pungent bitterness that overshadowed the rest of the flavors and made it all taste like it was starting to go bad. Next time I order it, I’ll ask for it to be left off. I think the crunch and lighter taste of a Romaine or even a standard Iceberg would have been preferable.

  2. Hated the greens,too bitter,too many stems I picked it out.messy but good sami’but way over my sodium for the day

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