Don’t Call It Chicken: The Burger King Spicy ‘Chick’n’ Crisp Sandwich

Burger King’s Spicy Chick’n Crisp Sandwich is so cheap (at $1 on Burger King value menus across the nation), they couldn’t even afford the “E” in chicken… Or is the missing letter due to the fact that Burger King can’t legally call the food substance it’s serving “chicken” because it contains so many byproducts?

Listen closely to the Burger King ads on television, and you will hear this sandwich described as “chicken-y” or “chick’n,” but Burger King is careful never to use the word “chicken” whenever describing this sandwich. Look closely at the fried patty of meat-stuffs that Burger King is selling as chick’n (if you dare) and you will see that this ultra-thin fried patty is a far cry from a real breaded and fried piece of chicken.

By now, everyone should know that fast food chicken is not the same as the fried chicken you make at home. Homemade fried chicken is made from chicken, flour, egg, oil and spices – a handful of ingredients.

At 460 calories, 30 grams of fat (5 grams saturated fat), 4 grams of sugar, 30 mg of cholesterol and 810 mg of sodium, the Spicy Chick’n Crisp Sandwich is no deal for your body. But the poor nutrition is just the start of the horrors of this chick’n patty, which starts with mechanically reclaimed meat and then throws in dozens of additives, including:

MSG – The Chick’n patty doesn’t just contain monosodium glutamate, but it’s the fourth ingredient listed!

Partially Hydrogenated Oils – Soybean & cottonseed oils go into the patty long before it is deep fried at the restaurant.

Artificial Colors – Yellow 6 and Red 40 brighten the color of the processed patty – and have both been linked to behavioral problems in children.

Silicon Dioxide – Don’t inhale silicon dioxide, which is added to prevent caking – it irritates the lungs and can lead to bronchitis and cancer.

What else lurks beneath the guise of “chick’n?” Read for yourself (from the Burger King website):


Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat, Water, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Chicken Flavor (Sunflower Oil, Flavors, Chicken Fat, Artificial Flavors, Polysorbate 80, Chicken Powder, Chicken Broth, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean & Cottonseed Oil, Papain, and Thiamine Hydrochloride), Flavoring.

Breaded with: Bleached Wheat Flour, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Enriched with Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Spice, Dextrose, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Extractives of Paprika, Soybean Oil.

Battered with: Water, Bleached Wheat Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Spices, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Soybean Oil, Onion Powder, Dextrin, Extractives of Paprika, Yellow 6, Red 40, Natural & Artificial Flavor (Including Butter Flavor), Lactic Acid, Not more than 2% Sodium Silicone Aluminate added to prevent caking.

Predusted with: Wheat Flour, Modified Corn Starch, Salt, Wheat Gluten, Spice, Extractives of Paprika, Soybean Oil, Onion Powder, Less than 2% Silicon Dioxide Added to Prevent Caking.

Breading Set In Vegetable Oil.

Whether or not Burger King has chosen the label “chick’n” for their fried food-stuff patty due to government regulation or not – this sandwich is not healthy for anyone. The Spicy Chick’n Crispy may “taste like chicken,” but its effects on the human body and brain are not the same as grandma’s fried chicken.

Choose wisely for yourself and your family, choose real food. 

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