Not Wild About Wendy’s

26 Mar

Changes have been constant at Wendy’s for as long as I can remember.  What I am seeing now is hopefully just a comedy of errors and NOT a company change.

I can remember well, the very first time I had a Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s.  I was knocked out by how good it was.   A tender-flavorful-full-on-heat-riddled-thick and juicy sammich obviously made with a chicken breast filet.

It would instantly make me a fan of Wendy’s (up until that point I hardly ate there) and I would sing of that praises of that sammich for over a decade to anyone who would listen…..and to anyone that wasn’t.  I didn’t care.   It was a monster of a sammich.   THICK.   I keep coming back to that word because what I got at the window was NOT thick by any means.   It looked like an elephant stepped on my sammich.

That picture above was the thinnest-flattest-are-you-kidding-me-with-this chicken sammich I have ever received from Wendy’s.    I seriously thought they were playing a joke on me.  I have steady-noticed that all sorts of shennanagin’s have been going on in the burger world for the last few years.   Jumbo Jacks are smaller.   Burger King hamburgers are smaller.   Wendy’s dropped the AMAZING 1/4 Texas Double Cheeseburger for the paltry “double-stack”… I am always paranoid….and watching to see what corners are being cut next.   The Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s is a FOUR dollar sammich.  I don’t mind paying it – but don’t short-change me on the quality of what I am paying for —which is a premium chicken sammich.   This thing looked like a larger version of their “value menu” Crispy Chicken sammich.

Thinking I am totally paranoid—-or that I got the “runt” of the litter, I went to another Wendy’s a couple of days later to see how my luck went.

And here it is.  That is NOT the same sammich from above.  It’s taken at night, 8 feet away from the drive-thru window days after the one above.

Same type deal though……evidently the elephant that stepped on the sammich above is following me.

Another flat and are-you-sure-that’s-chicken-breast-cuz-it-looks-like-a-processed-chicken-patty-parts-is-parts-sammich.

And then this comes to mind:

I mean look at this final pic.   Does that resemble anything that remotely looks like it was once a chicken breast?

“Parts is Parts” indeed.  Even after all this I STILL want to believe there has been some sort of terrible mistake.  A classical, cosmic, comedy of errors that just falls on the shoulders of a food critic with irony.

I got a three strike rule.   This is twice now that I got a low-rent “premium” chicken sammich.     There are WAAAAAYYYYY too many choices out there now to put up with this.

If what I suspect is true and they have downsized the chicken breast sammich to a larger chicken-patty…. I will be pretty much done with this item.    And when I am done …..I am DONE.

So you got one more shot kid, make it a good one.



6 Responses to “Not Wild About Wendy’s”

  1. Roxanne November 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    I too love, rather lovED, Wendy’s spicy chicken because it was a thick, juicy breast if chicken. Recently, every time I eat one, not only is is ridiculously flat, it makes me sick. Besides the thickness, it had a totally different texture and taste to it. Thought it was only my local Wendy’s’ until I tried one today while visiting my son. It was horrible and I threw it out after two bites. I found your blog trying to see if Wendy’s changed their chicken. So disappointed!

    • Jay December 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      I’m in the same boat as you! I have fond memories of the ‘old’ spicy chicken sandwich. The one I had today was terrible and exactly as you described. It was, at most, 1/3 the thickness of what I remember and definitely was not as spicy as it used to be either. I won’t be going back.

      • james owen February 27, 2015 at 3:57 am #

        i agree 100%..i keep hoping its just a mistake..that Wendys going to do it right but its gone forever..I LOVED THAT SPICY CHICKEN SANDWICH..i knew something was different ..i never go to wendys anymore..all i got is the memories too.

  2. Tom Gore May 30, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

    I will NEVER eat at a Wendy’s again. GARBAGE food. They wouldn’t even refund my money when I told them this chicken sandwich was a knock off of a $1 McDonalds processed garbage. This company is GARBAGE!

  3. Ken June 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    Haven’t had a spicy chicken sandwicjh in some time but always enjoyed them in the past.I frequent Wendy’s far less then i had previously when they changed their fries. I had one today and it was absolute crap compared to what they had before. Won’t have another.

  4. Nikki October 17, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Had the very same experience. I just bought a Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich and asked my husband if I receive the wrong one. I agree that it looks like a version of the value chicken sandwich and it is definitely not the spicy chicken sandwich I remember. Same price however the price has remained the same… I will Not be ordering this item, or anything else at Wendy’s, again. So disappointed!

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