This week, I reached out for a Bacon Maple Chicken Sandwich, new from America's No. 3 burger barn, Wendy's, with 6,000-plus restaurants dotting all 50 states. This is almost unfair. Maple and bacon and fried chicken in the same sandwich? The only thing missing is someone else paying for it.
Here's the Bacon Maple Chicken Sandwich breakdown: a whole Wendy's Homestyle breast filet, a nice thick slice of Swiss cheese, three
pieces of salty smoked bacon, and a shmear of maple glaze on a buttery croissant. This is a bare-bones, boneless sammie. No pickles, lettuce, or tomato added to make a pretty photo op.
Total calories: 680. Fat grams: 34. Sodium: 1,450 mg. Carbs: 57 g. Dietary fiber: 1 g. Protein: 38 g. Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $5.99, give or take a few dimes and nickels.
The Bacon Maple Chicken Sandwich has been on Wendy's mind for more than a year, taste-tested in widespread market. Not surprisingly, this innovative sandwich has been a big hit up north, where sweet maple glaze makes for wintry comfort food.
Maple and fried chicken aren't a new pair on the block. Sweet 'n' salty have made chicken and waffles a 24-hour breakfast favorite for years. Swiss was the perfect cheese choice because it stands up to the headline flavors rockin' the Maple Bacon Chicken Sandwich.
The sandwich comes standard with a plain breaded Homestyle chicken filet. But nobody will "rat" you out to Robert Mueller if you ask for a Wendy's Spicy filet or grilled breast The difference maker here is the maple glaze, which is super-sweet and thicker than regular pancake syrup. The sludgy texture helps the glaze stay put inside the bun. And this is one heck of a bun, a flaky, buttery, sweet croissant that tastes like an "all the rage" cronut from a few years ago. This croissant may spell trouble for waffles as a chicken co-star.
Wendy's has the best chicken sandwich lineup in burger land, and the Bacon Maple Chicken entry may be the best yet. Hurry, it's headed for the finish line in this run. I've got $5.99 that says it will be back, maybe for good.
Ken Hoffman reviews a new fast food restaurant item every Wednesday. Have a suggestion or a drive-thru favorite? Let Ken know on Twitter.