Spicy this, spicy that, spice is hitting fast food menus in a big way. You could say it’s THE big thing right now. From McDonald’s new Spicy Nuggets through to Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich and KFC’s Colonel Sandwich – the heat is here!
Lurking amidst the menu boards of McDonald’s though, is this stalwart, that personally I think is hugely underrated. Behold the McDonald’s Hot N Spicy McChicken – a superstar of the value menu:
The Hot N Spicy McChicken is a relatively thin sandwich, its not much bigger than the basic McD burger overall. The exterior of the patty has a slightly crisp finish from the breaded coating, which is where you’ll find the ‘spicy’ part of this dish.
The heat level won’t worry any chilli heads at all. It lies a little bit between black pepper and cayenne, and can generate just a little forehead and brow sweat. The heat dissipates quick and for me never becomes unappaleaing.
The interior chicken is reformed and processed but I don’t find it too spongy. Every single Hot N Spicy McChicken I’ve sampled has been plenty juicy. The kicker is that this sandwich is usually just a buck. A measly dollar.
The bargain price of a buck means you can double or triple up this burger and not hurt your wallet. I love to make a Double Hot N Spicy McChicken for example:
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic Salt Lake City, and a former freelance restaurant critic. I’ve worked extensively with local, regional and national food and drink organizations. I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have been writing about food and drink for more than fifteen years. I’m largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of big words I don’t understand. I don’t mind admitting to a certain secret obsession with fast food as well – and that’s where Menu And Price comes in…