Wendy’s sandwich and salad take on the classic Jalapeño Popper app get the Fast Food Geek review treatment.
Wendy’s describes the Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich like this:
A juicy chicken breast marinated and breaded in our unique, fiery blend of peppers and spices made even spicier with jalapeño cream cheese, shredded pepper jack cheese, and, of course, jalapeños. Then we added some applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese sauce for good measure. One bite and you’ll be like “Oh, jal, yes!”
With fried chicken sandwiches trending at an all time high, Wendy’s decided to drop a true gimmick sandwich into the fray. A traditional popper, consists of a hollowed out jalapeño pepper, stuffed with a cream cheese blend, then typically wrapped in bacon and then air fried, smoked, or baked to sultry goodness.
Wendy’s take with the sandwich can utilize either of their three chicken breast options (Spicy, New Classic, and Grilled), but to me it didn’t make any sense to go with anything besides the Spicy. With not only cream cheese and the cheddar cheese sauce, this sandwich had the opportunity to be a slip n’slide of sloptastic proportions, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Whenever your sandwich is oozing on first reveal, you know you should probably put on the gloves to eat. The sandwich was absolutely tattooed with ingredients. Almost to the point where I needed a forensic expert to detail what was what.
With the cheese sauce running askew and the jalapeños literally popping out of the bun, I cannot say that Wendy’s skimped on the toppings. The sandwich was quite flavorful and by flavorful I mean spicy. Combining spicy chicken, with raw jalapeños, and a jalapeño cream cheese, there was quite a bit of mouth exhaust behind exhaled while eating.
The bacon was pretty much drowned out of existence so it was hard to tell just how crispy or impactful it really was. The cheese sauce was everywhere but was definitely tasty. I’ve always been a fan of the Spicy Chicken from Wendy’s so it was a proper vessel for this Titanic sized load of ingredients.
With great spice and an absolute mess, I still got the jalapeño popper vibe from the sandwich. It would have been nice for it to be just a tad more organized, but still a very solid gimmick to try.
Wendy’s Jalapeño Popper Chicken Sandwich 7/10
Wendy’s describes the Jalapeño Popper Salad like this:
Made fresh daily with Wendy’s signature lettuce blend, spicy, crispy chicken breast, diced tomatoes, shredded pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and, of course, jalapeños, all topped with a crispy jalapeño & cheddar crouton mix and jalapeño ranch. If you’re reading this, you must like jalapeños so, yes, this is the one you should get. Promise.
To me it is quite rare that a fast food establishment will make a salad offering as an option for their gimmick of the month. Intrigued enough to try it, the Jalapeño Popper salad was loaded to the gills.
I was quite surprised that upon ordering the salad it was in fact made then and there, with the line cooks in the back clearly learning on the fly how to construct the relatively new salad offering.
The salad, once topped with the bags of jalapeño and cheddar crouton mix and lathered in dressing, was too much for the provided bowl to contain. To get a really good “toss’ one needed to dump the salad onto another plate. Once mixed around, I was quite impressed with the premium ingredients on top of the lettuce blend.
The salad had a very premium feel, with an actual spicy chicken fillet, cut up and sprinkled in, whole strips of bacon were also diced and smattered around, the ingredients were high end and hot. Combine that lettuce that was far from solely iceberg, raw jalapeños, alongside of the custom made crouton blend, and we had a pretty stellar fast food salad. The Jalapeño Ranch dressing was a relatively ideal choice, although I’m not sure that it truly represented a jalapeño popper due to the lack of any cream cheese component.
Regardless, I was quite impressed with the relative quality and creativity a fast food salad could have, even if it really wasn’t by definition a popper.
Wendy’s Jalapeño Popper Salad: 7/10