My five-year-old nephew Justin loves , particularly if it has a PlayPlace. He’s smart too. He knows just the right look to get me to cave and let him play for “just another 5 minutes” in that bottomless swamp of balls crawling with germs. He also likes to hide way up in those tunnels where he knows Auntie Val cannot reach him when his five minutes are up. Aaaaah.
Our last trip to McDonalds got me thinking. How many moms, dads and aunties like me get hungry while enduring a sweaty PlayPlace full of screaming children or the never ending drive thru? Is there anything on the menu that is somewhat healthy, tastes good and is easy enough to eat while chasing kids?
If you’ve seen McDonalds recent commercial advertising its new and improved Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich, you’ve got to admit, it looks surprisingly well… good. And I’ll be honest. Sampling local food and calling it “research for work” is awesome.
So I decided to write an article comparing the local fast food grilled chicken sandwiches on not just nutrition but taste as well. After all, the chicken sandwich is one of the healthier items on a fast food menu and it’s easy enough to eat while maneuvering a swagger wagon full of kids to soccer practice.
I started by researching McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich online (I like to know what I’m working with ahead of time). With 350 calories, 9 grams of fat, 28 grams of protein, and 42 grams of carbs, this sandwich has the potential to be a balanced choice. The carbohydrates are clearly a bit high, so I would recommend eating only about half ½ the bun if you're a female. The sodium is at 820 mg, but there’s nothing we can do about that.
It’s also important to note that the chicken isn’t exactly just chicken breast like one might assume. I found lots of hidden stuff like rice starch and chicken skin (gross). Now, before you stop reading, remember, this is fast food, not Ruth's Chris. What else would you expect for a fast food sandwich that costs less than $5?
So, I’m off to the McDonald’s drive thru to order my Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich. At first glance, I’m impressed. Golden, grilled chicken is stacked with bright, juicy tomatoes, crisp romaine lettuce and a “bakery style bun”.
It tastes really good too. The chicken is tender and has a “real” roasted chicken flavor. It reminds me of a grilled chicken sandwich you’d find at a chain restaurant. I would order this.
Next up: Burger King. Ordinarily, I avoid this place seeing how that King guy in the commercials is so creepy (I can’t imagine children enjoying him all that much either). Nonetheless, I have work to do.
Burger King’s Tendergrill Sandwich arrives looking a little less than stellar. The tomatoes are a pale shade of orange, the iceberg lettuce is well… iceberg lettuce and the chicken looks unrealistic, like someone painted on the grill marks. Based on looks alone, the BK King has a run for his money.
And with 470 calories, 18 grams of fat, 55 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbohydrates and 1100 mg of sodium, McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich is clearly the healthier choice.
Taste-wise, BK’s chicken is very salty and not nearly as tender as McDonald’s. The pale tomatoes and iceberg lettuce don’t exactly sweeten the deal.
Looks like McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich is the winner.
So the next time you’re on the go, or ready to tear your hair out at PlayPlace and you get hungry, the Grilled Chicken Sandwich is a decent way to go. If you try it, let me know what you think!