SAN ANGELO, TX – The over-hyped and downright bad Chick-fil-A Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich has hit San Angelo, and I'm telling you now, don't waste your time.
The nation's favorite chicken joint, occasionally known as God's Chicken, Chick-fil-A, launched the twist on their original and spicy chicken sandwich by adding honey, pimento cheese, and pickled jalapeños. An unholy combo, to say the least.
However, with the hype, I felt the need to wander outside of the norm and try the sandwich every news media site in the country was raving about. From the jump, the sandwich is just plain awkward. Because of the hype, and of course, the 12 p.m. lunch traffic, even getting into the parking lot was a feat.
Once in the drive-thru, I was greeted by a smiling worker who had to hear my struggle to get through, "Chick-fil-A Honey Pepper Pimento Spicy Chicken Sandwich," a name longer than the drive-thru line itself.
After scooting through the rest of the drive-thru, I made it back to my apartment with just enough time to try what I hoped would be the new sandwich of choice. There, I carefully removed the sandwich and inspected it. Here is what I found:
In an honest opinion, the sandwich was mediocre at best. If you've seen any cooking competition on TV, then you know that any dish can be overdone. This is the perfect example of that. If you had pimento cheese on a sandwich, great. If you add honey to a sandwich, great. If you add pickled jalapeños, great. However, adding all three just makes a clash of flavors on your palate.
The sweetness of the honey, the savoriness of the cheese, and then the sourness of the pickling on the jalapeños really make a weird tangy sauce that does not bring out the flavors that everyone loves in a Chick-fil-A spicy sandwich.
The price point on the sandwich with a medium fry and drink will run customers $11.25. This is $2.17 more than the original sandwich with a medium fry and drink. In my opinion, that's giving God's Chicken two extra bucks for ruining your sandwich. Then again, I guess for you Chick-fil-A nuts, you'll just mark it up as paying tithes.