Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fast Food Review: Burger King Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Once again I was out and about at lunch today running some small errands (selling some CDs back to Newbury Comics, picking up a CD, getting some deep sockets for working on my engine) and needed something quick to eat.

As usual my route took me past a local Burger King which was advertising their new Chicken Parmesan sandwich.  I'm a sucker for a good chicken parm and have been all my life.  My favorite has always been the one produced by Papa Gino's but I was willing to give this one a try.

Ordering the "meal" (small of course at BK as "small" here really means "medium" and "large" means you'll be peeing away the rest of the day after downing the enormous soda that would be provided) with sweet potato fries and making an Arnold Palmer to drink I was presented a medium sized sandwich that was seemingly "right sized" for most appetites.

The wheat bun, as usual, took up most of the visual space with most of the chicken hidden underneath (not looking much like the stock photo).  On the good side the sandwich was clean to eat.  Not a lot of stuff falling out or slopping around.  No danger of covering yourself in sauce or melted cheese or needing a basket full of napkins to eat it.

On the down side, it could have used a bit MORE sauce.  What sauce was present appeared to be a bit dried out and was fairly bland to begin with.  Certainly there were no big chunks of tomatoes nor zest to the flavor.  The cheese (as was the sauce) was located on both the top and bottom of the chicken and was a supposed mix of mozzarella and Parmesan though I really tasted more of a sharper, Swiss cheese flavor and texture.  No real complaints here though.  The more cheese the better in my opinion.

Lastly the chicken itself.  This was no "patty" or cheaply breaded chicken sandwich of BK past.  This was a seemingly real chicken breast with good breading.  The chicken was lean with no gristle and a firm texture while the breading was just the right bit of crispy.  The breast is likely the best part of the sandwich.

All in all?  A solid 6.5 on a scale of 1-10.  Slightly above average and a good quick meal if you don't want to feel bloated.

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