Trying Out Chick-fil-A’s Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich

Chick-fil-A's Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich

Feature Photo: Brian Kachejian

It was big news this week in Chicken Land when Chick-fil-A rolled out their brand new Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich. Oh boy, it’s been a long time since Chick-fil-A released something new on their menu, and so fans of Chick-fil-A have gone crazy. Have you noticed the line to Chick-fil-A a little bit longer lately? Well, maybe not because the lines at Chick-fil-A are long all the time. Unless you get there at around 11:00 in the morning, those lines pretty much don’t disappear until they close. Nonetheless, today was the day we tried Chick-fil-A’s brand new Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich for actually the second time. We never write a review on something the first time we try it, especially food. It’s very easy for some particular individual worker at a restaurant to screw it up. Why judge a monumental addition to the Chick-fil-A lineup on just the first try?

Let’s make this perfectly clear. This is a brand new sandwich. Chick-fil-A has never offered the Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich before. If you look at their menu, they’re advertising the sandwich as seasonal. That may make some people think that it’s been around before. Sort of like the legendary McDonalds McRib. But no no no no, this is the first time Chick-fil-A has offered this sandwich.  It’s important to note though that the seasonal tag means this sandwich won’t be around on a consistent basis. I guess it’s sort of like their Peach Shake. Try getting a peach Shake in the winter at Chick-fil-A. It’s not going to happen baby!

What’s on The Sandwich

The Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich utilizes a standard  Chick-fil-A fried cutlet. This is nothing new. It’s the same cutlet that we all love on their basic Chick-fil-A sandwich. However, what’s new is the toppings. The traditional Chick-fil-A chicken cutlet is topped with pimento cheese. Perhaps the word topped is not the correct choice. It’s loaded with pimento cheese. Both times we brought this Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich it was filled with pimento cheese. Both times, the cheese was actually a little cold. I don’t know about you, but I do not like cold cheese. In addition to the pimento cheese, the sandwich is soaked in honey. I mean really soaked in honey. Underneath the chicken cutlet are mild pickled jalapeños. For those who may be scared of by the inclusion of jalapenos, fear not my friends, this is not a hot spicy sandwich. It’s very mild and served on a nice warm bun.

Chick-fil-A's Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich

The Verdict:

Our first warning for those who are about to try this sandwich is to make sure you’re not wearing your Sunday clothes. This is a messy sandwich. It’s probably the sloppiest sandwich Chick-fil-A has ever made. There’s just something about an overabundance of honey and cheese placed on top of a chicken cutlet that’s not just going to sit there when you squeeze the bun together in your mouth. This sandwich consumes your whole entire body. Inside and out.

I have watched a lot of TikTok videos and read some reviews of people’s reactions to this sandwich. I actually was taken aback by how many positive reviews I’ve read about the sandwich. For me, in a few simple words, I pretty much hate it. I don’t know what it is about this sandwich, but both times I ordered it the most I could take was two bites and I was done with it. Maybe it’s the lack of spices, maybe those jalapenos should actually be real jalapenos with a kick to it. Maybe the cheese should be a little bit spicier. It’s all just blah. Chick-fil-A makes the best fast-food chicken cutlet I’ve ever tasted in my life. What they’ve done with this sandwich is ruin the chicken cutlet by smothering it with honey.  It masks the flavor of everything else in the sandwich. Of course, if you love honey then you probably will love the sandwich. I purchased it two times to do an honest review,  I will never purchase it again. Thank goodness I brought some Chick-fil-A nuggets the second time so I wouldn’t go hungry. Those taste just like my mama’s.

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