Review of McDonald’s Chicken & Cheddar Classic
What they say:
Crispy coated chicken breast fillet with bacon, red onion, Batavia lettuce, a smooth cheese sauce and a slice of mature cheddar cheese, in a sesame seed topped bun.
Price: £3.89 for the burger only (subject to variation).
Calories: 640 kcal.
I was sitting quietly on the bridge when all of a sudden the Burger Emergency phone pinged. It was a message from Burger Lad®. He was in the middle of being the first in the world to review the brand new Big Uno and noticed a new chicken burger too.
So I headed the call and set sail for the nearest McDonald’s, picking up both the new Chicken and Cheddar Classic, as well as a Big Uno, and brought them both on-board the flagship.
|Outside the drive-thru…|
I suppose the thinking was that there are going to be five beef offerings, so a chicken companion would be needed, and I guess the name was chosen for the sort of alliteration.
|Double world exclusive…|
It was the same size and same oval shape as the My Burger, and even had its own special box. Presentation-wise it was pretty good (better than the way my Big Uno had been put together).
Chicken – a thick, coated chicken fillet which was substantial and tasty. It was similar to McDonalds’ other chicken fillets, with what looked like a slightly different coating, albeit the taste, of which did not come through.
|McDonald’s Chicken & Cheddar Classic…|
Cheddar – yes, a slice of cheddar. Cheese nearly always adds something positive to a burger, and while I like the range of options, blue cheese, mozzarella, Jack, Brie and so on, cheddar is the most consistent. That said, I do prefer a really strong, bitey cheddar, and I don’t think this was.
Classic – I’m really not sure what makes this a classic, other than the need to call it something.
There were quite a number of other toppings fighting for space in there too.
Bacon. Ah bacon, you who makes everything better. Bacon was present, but only presented a very subtle taste.
|Lifting the lid…|
Smooth cheese sauce – this was provided in rather liberal quantities, sadly, and I feel it may have taken the edge off both the cheese and the bacon. It was a nice addition, certainly ensuring no dryness, but a little less would have been my preference.
Red Onion – again, quite liberally applied, but did wonders for the texture. A satisfying crunch in the sea of cheese sauce. It is also very difficult for anything to drown out the taste of fresh red onion – a great addition to this.
There was lettuce in there too but I really couldn’t taste this.
As I was eating, it was obvious this was a pretty substantial burger, which made the price very competitive. Just like the beefy My Burgers, the oval shape differentiated it from the standard chicken burgers, and more in line with the Legend range. In fact this could well have been named the Chicken and Cheddar Legend, but what’s in a name?
|A respectable sick-kick…|
The thickness of the chicken throughout ensured that the core was in charge. It was only when I got a bite from an edge without chicken, did the Cheese sauce issue really become a problem, and that really wasn’t very often, thankfully.
Overall, a decent sidekick to the My Burger range. It just sort-of appeared without fanfare, so I suspect it will be around for the full five weeks rather than being rotated weekly like the beef.