Photo: Erik R. Trinidad
Arby's used to pride itself solely on its signature item -- the roast beef sandwich, and all its variations thereof -- but let's not forget that they also serve chicken, as well as salads and deli-style sandwiches. These days, their menu is quite diverse for a fast food chain -- much like their sibling restaurant chain Wendy's -- which they celebrate in song with their kitschy new jingle "Good Mood Food." However, there should be a disclaimer at the bottom of their ads which reads, "*Does not necessarily put you in a good mood," because sometimes their food just gets you full without really doing anything to your emotional state. Such is the case with the new Jr. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Here's how it rates:
The Claims: Arby's Jr. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, a new addition to their Value Menu, is "value sized crispy tender all white-meat chicken," topped with shredded lettuce and Buffalo sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun. (Approx. 340 calories.)
The Price:$1.29. (Prices may vary at participating locations.)
Get our verdict after the jump.
The Verdict: C. Once in a while a fast food chain will step up its game and do something truly "revolutionary" with available (or even new) ingredients to make something relatively "new," but this is not it. This is merely their Jr. Chicken Sandwich, which is already on Arby's Value Menu, with Buffalo sauce swapped out for the mayonnaise. Looking at other menu items, I see that Arby's already has Buffalo Sauce in stock for their Prime Cut Chicken Tenders, and I can't imagine there was much process or discussion about how to create this sandwich.
Don't get me wrong; Arby's has the resources to develop and improve upon their offerings, which is evident in their recent addition of the Angus Three Cheese and Bacon sandwich (see our review here) -- which did put me in a fairly good mood (followed by a food coma). Perhaps there isn't much to this new Jr. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich because it's one of their cheaper Value Menu items, which probably doesn't get as much of a budget for marketing and therefore development. The taste is pretty standard; it's a salty fried chicken fillet topped with mildly spicy Buffalo sauce with a tanginess one would expect, with shredded lettuce to give it a little texture, and a bun that just holds everything together. The chicken fillet at its core isn't as plump as it could be, but then again, it's "value sized." Perhaps this is what they were going for. Perhaps it really is just a way to add a new option to the Value Menu without much effort. If their Value Menu items merely exist for quick, inexpensive snacks to satisfy your hunger -- this time with a twist of tang and spice -- then mission accomplished; you can always find something to put you in a good mood elsewhere.