McDonald's Makeover? The New Chicken Classic (350 Calories)
August 24, 2011 57 Comments
What is this? A new addition to the McDonald's menu called the "Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich" has arrived.
The photo above is one that I purchased for $4.70 at my local McDonald's. Look at that lettuce and tomato! And, the chicken is not a McNugget or other concocted form - it is an actually a piece of chicken breast.
The bun advertises 8 grams of whole grain and there is just some mayo to remind you that you are at McDonald's :)
Here are the nutrition facts:
350 calories, 9 g fat, 42 g carbohydrates, 28 g protein, 3 g fiber, 820 mg sodium, 9 Points+
The ingredients are listed below and the list is rather, well, lengthy. What I find so interesting is that this is an attempt at a pretty healthy sandwich. When you compare it to the 800 calorie (21 Points+) Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon burger - the chicken sandwich looks virtuous.
Did it taste good? Yes, it did. I was forced at gun point back to McDonald's this week and I had this sandwich with mustard (zero calories) instead of the mayo. It is a bit salty, but I liked it.
You see, my kids love the big plastic play thingy that graces the front of our McDonald's and they beg me to take them there. Given my job and all that I know about fast food, I should just tell them to forget it - but they are so persistent!
My suggestion is that if you are, like me, stopping by McDonald's once a month you should:
- Avoid the fries, soda, and shakes
- Get your kids the apple dippers and milk
- Donate to a green organization after you toss all that packaging
When you order make sure you order the CLASSIC chicken sandwich. The other versions contain things like bacon and cheese and before you know it - 350 calories is just a distant memory.
Have you tried this new sandwich?
Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich Ingredients:
New Grilled Chicken Fillet: Boneless skinless chicken breast fillets with rib meat, water, seasoning (rice starch, salt, sugar, yeast extract, canola oil, onion powder, maltodextrin, chicken skin, paprika, flavor, sunflower oil, chicken, garlic powder, chicken fat, spices), sodium phosphates. Prepared with Liquid Margarine: Liquid soybean oil and hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oils, water, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, soy lecithin, mono-and diglycerides, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservatives), artificial flavor, citric acid, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene (color). CONTAINS: SOY LECITHIN.
Bakery Style Bun: Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, whole wheat flour, high fructose corn syrup, honey, wheat gluten, contains 2% or less of the following: yeast, soybean oil, maltodextrin (dietary fiber), salt, calcium sulfate, dough conditioners (wheat flour, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, sodium stearoyl lactylate, mono and diglycerides, enzymes, calcium peroxide), ammonium sulfate, natural flavor (botanical source), calcium propionate (preservative), vitamin D3, rolled wheat (topping). CONTAINS: WHEAT.
Mayonnaise Dressing: Water, soybean oil, distilled vinegar, maltodextrin, food starch-modified, enzyme modified egg yolk, salt, sugar, xanthan gum, mustard flour, potassium sorbate (preservative), lemon juice concentrate, polysorbate 80, natural flavor (animal source), calcium disodium EDTA to protect flavor, beta carotene (color).
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