It’s one of the most requested burgers of all time, and now, after years of anticipation, it’s finally arrived.
McDonald’s has finally released a Chicken Big Mac.
The brains at Maccies head office have come up with something that has never been seen before on British shores and will no doubt lead to curious customers wanting to try the new offering.
The limited edition variant of the classic will be available for six weeks – until March 15, and as an avowed fast food lover I had to quickly descend to avoid disappointment and try one.
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The classic double beef patties have been replaced with a 100% chicken breast alternative, covered in a crispy coating – but that’s the only change made, with all the usual toppings still provided.
I went to my local shopping park around lunchtime, to see what the fuss was all about and decide once and for all if the Chicken Big Mac was a thumbs up, or some other ridiculous invention never to be seen again daylight.
And while I was there, facing the golden arches, I thought I’d try a few other newly released items on the menu too – including the Double Big Mac and the much-loved mozzarella dips.
Here’s what I thought of the new menu.
Big Mac Chicken – £4.09 per burger or £5.59 for an average meal:
I was a little nervous about a chicken-based Big Mac – I love chicken and I love Big Macs, but the idea of merging the two really confused me.
The new burger was a big hit in Australia with rave reviews – so the only thing to do was try one for myself.
And as with all Big Macs, the first thing you taste is that incredible signature sauce, which complements the tender chicken breast so well.
Although there wasn’t much sauce on the burger I received, it didn’t need much because the juicy chicken was so moist and flavorful.
Coated in all the toppings relevant to its beef counterpart, something about the sandwich just works. And it left me feeling full for hours after eating it, which is a complete rarity from a Maccies.
My only complaint is about the ridiculous amounts of lettuce that McDonald’s staff love to drizzle their produce with, forcing me to choose a little so it’s not a chicken salad.
The question remains though, is it better than its beef-based sibling? To which my answer is simply, maybe.
I could rock back and forth on this one, so I’ll leave the verdict to you.
Double Big Mac- £4.39 per burger or £5.69 for an average meal:
If I had one word to describe the Double Big Mac, it would simply be “useless”.
Previously introduced as part of the Christmas 2020 menu, they should have left this one in the past.
Usually the Big Mac is my favorite meal, and I was super excited to hear that they would be releasing a bigger and better version of the classic dish. After trying the Grande Big Mac a few years ago – which I loved – I was eager to see how they would improve on the classic restaurant.
The amount of beef is completely overwhelming – you just don’t get all the other impeccable tastes that come with the normal version. They’re there – the sauce, onions, lettuce, cheese and pickles – but you just can’t taste them due to the power of the four beef patties.
Another note is that it’s so messy to eat. I struggled to get my mouth around for the first bite, and once that initial bite took place, the burger pretty much crumbled in on itself.
Many believe that bigger is better, but in this case Maccy Dee’s should have stuck to their original recipe.
Mozzarella Dips – £1.89 for 3 or £5.09 per box:
I’m going to keep it short and sweet with this one. McDonald’s new mozzarella dips are frankly nothing out of the ordinary.
At first glance they look fantastic – beautifully coated in a golden brown crumb, and when broken in half they have that classic stringy texture that you guarantee with this type of cheese.
However, divers are completely disappointed in their taste, or lack thereof so to speak.
Unfortunately the batch of dips I received tasted like apple pie – one would assume they are fried in the same oil used to cook the beloved dessert.
I know some like the taste of apple and cheese, and I myself am not opposed to applewood-smoked cheddar – but it’s just not what you’d expect from a classic cheese-based dish. of mozzarella.
It wasn’t my first rodeo with the dodgy over the years eating at McDonald’s, but it’s fair to say it may be my last.
McDonald’s has released a number of different cheese-based snacks on their ever-changing menus over the years, and the mozzarella dip has to be by far my least favorite of them all.
They just can’t keep up with the cheese fondues last seen during the holiday season, or the nacho cheese bites before that.
All in all, the chicken spin on the classic Big Mac is a treat in my opinion – and that’s coming from someone whose “go-to” item on the entire menu is a big Big Mac meal of based.
It’s so strange taking those first bites, expecting the classic meaty flavor of the classic burger, only to be greeted with a taste of chicken nugget in your mouth, along with the usual Big Mac condiments.
The fried meat itself is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, everything you could want and more from a chicken sandwich.
The double big mac is obscene though, and I would steer clear of that and vouch for the original burger given the choice.
The overwhelming amount of beef content in the burger itself completely kills the taste of the signature sauce and dressing, and you might as well chew pure ground meat.
It’s also super sloppy, and I found half of mine on the floor trying to hold it tight – all in all, a solid thumbs up from me.
I’d rather wait for the Grande Big Mac to return, because with this variation you can still get the fragrant flavors you expect – they completely missed the mark on this one.
Mozzarella dips have never been my favorite, I much prefer cheddar cheese discs when they come. The dips themselves have a good consistency and a stringy element as you would expect from any good cheese stick, however, they were a bit plain for my taste – and I’m not convinced that a tomato salsa would have changed that for me.
But that’s just my opinion – why not judge for yourself, as the Chicken Big Mac is now available from 1,300 UK outlets.
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