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The Junkie: Wendy’s Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich

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Monthly Feature, By Jim Rassinier

The grilled chicken fast food sandwich has pretty much always been the afterthought “healthy item” on menus since they started appearing on all the major chains in the early 90’s. It’s the kind of thing you’d order if all of your friends were heading to a place and you were on a diet, or if you were on a long road trip and wanted to keep your driving pace but still eat healthy. In other words, it was never anything special. Pretty much every chain offered one, and they were always exactly the same: Bun, Chicken Breast, Tomato, Lettuce & Mayo. Healthy? I suppose, but boring and bland as all get out.

This stayed the course until the mid-2000’s when pretty much every food chain decided to make a “specialty” grilled chicken sandwich … which inevitably was to add bacon and cheese, upping the calorie count to the point of “why bother eating healthy?” Kinda like those folks that get a salad but then add 2 cups of ranch dressing.

For example:

McDonald’s Grilled Sandwich – 380 calories & 7 grams fat

McDonald’s Grilled w/ Bacon & Cheese – 580 calories & 21 grams fat

Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken Sandwich – 540 calories & 26 grams fat (mainly because it comes on Sourdough bread)

No Bacon & Cheese option

Burger King Grilled Chicken – 420 calories & 18 grams fat

No Bacon & Cheese option

Wendy’s Grilled Chicken – 360 calories & 8 grams fat

Wendy’s Grilled Chicken w/ Bacon & Cheese – 520 calories & 23 grams fat

And don’t get me started on KFC’s Honey BBQ Chicken sandwich. {shudders}

Point I’m trying to make is that you could choose to eat something healthy or something that tasted good; there was no middle ground.

Folks, that game has changed.

This new Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s is not only the best grilled chicken sandwich of the major fast food chains, it is currently, in my opinion, the best chicken sandwich out there right now, even above Chick-fil-A, and I love that peanut fried little buddy.

Wendy’s site states that the chicken is topped with 3 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, a lettuce spring mix, diced tomatoes drenched in balsamic vinegar, and then topped with a creamy basil pesto.

Hmm, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar. Where have I seen those combined before? That’s right, kids: There is a freaking Caprese Salad on top of this grilled chicken sandwich, and it does wonders for it.Best part? This sammie clocks in at only 420 calories & 14 grams fat – actually on the lighter end of the above grilled chicken “plain Jane” iterations.

Fun fact: My editor asked that I take “landscape” pictures from now on, and rather than letting him know I’d already taken “portrait” pictures, I just went back to get another one. Oh, and I also found out that if you’re trying to cut down on your fat intake, you can substitute a sour cream & chive potato for your fries at no additional charge.

Right now, Wendy’s is saying this is a limited time offer. I truly hope this isn’t the case.

Chick-fil-A invented the chicken sandwich.

Wendy’s has reinvented the grilled chicken sandwich, and hopefully, for good.

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Unique Randomness: News, Views, and Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken at CBG

Fried Chicken at CBG

 

My random thoughts and ramblings about food…

Good Food in NLR plans to close on January 30th as Chef Donnie Ferneau will be taking over the kitchen at The Club 1836. This new club has been a source of conversation throughout Little Rock over the past few weeks, and it will be interesting to see how everything plays out once the new spot opens in the old Packet House. As for soon-to-be-former Good Food space … any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on what you think would work? Seems to have a load of potential.

Sweet Love Bakery has officially closed, but on a more positive note, Daniel Walker did turn me on to one of Little Rock’s newest bakers. Please go read about Honey Pies.

My second visit to Flyway Brewing was just as good, if not better, than the first. I’ve pretty much tried all of their beers (maybe 10) and can tell you that they are churning out some of the best brew in town. In fact, with brewers like Flyway, Moody Brews, Lost Forty, Blue Canoe, and Stone’s Throw, our local beer scene has definitely made me a fan of craft beer in a short period of time. It’s really quite remarkable how far we come as a beer town in just a few years.

Let’s get the slightly bad news out of the way first. The Faded Rose will be closed on Sunday, February 7th for “deep cleaning and routine maintenance,” but the good news is that February 9th (Fat Tuesday) marks the start of crawfish season at TFR.

For the quality and price, is there a better meat counter than Edwards Food Giant on Cantrell? I say no. My most recent purchase was several links of the chicken sausage. I’ve got my eye on you, bone-in ribeyes. It will happen, soon.

I’ve literally driven past Diane’s Gourmet Luxuries hundreds of times without ever stopping to check the place out … until last week. It was a nice spot filled with various artisan food items, wares, and prepared meals. I end up grabbing a chicken salad wrap for lunch, which was fairly forgettable, but my package of oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert was delightful.

Just in case the super efficient Chick-fil-a drive-thru didn’t do it for you, Chef Shuttle recently partnered with the insanely popular fast food chain to have the tasty treats delivered right to your face. Talk about a big account for Chef Shuttle. On the other end of the spectrum, CS recently teamed up with Grass Roots Farmers Cooperative.

It’s Wednesday, go eat some fried chicken at Capital Bar and Grill … the Wednesday Special.

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