Chick-fil-A recently announced the addition of a new menu item – the Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich. This sandwich puts a unique twist on their classic chicken sandwich recipe with some savory and spicy ingredients. Here’s an inside look at the new offering and how it tastes.
What’s in the New Sandwich?
According to Chick-fil-A, the Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich features their original chicken filet topped with a pimento cheese spread and sliced pickled jalapeños. The toasted bun is drizzled with a bit of sweet honey to bring all the flavors together.
Pimento cheese is a popular Southern ingredient made with shredded cheddar, mayonnaise, and pimentos. The pickled jalapeños add a mild heat to contrast the rich and creamy pimento cheese. The honey provides a subtle sweetness to balance out the other strong flavors. Source
Why Pimento Cheese?
Chick-fil-A experimented with around 30 different sandwich concepts before landing on the pimento cheese version. In consumer tests, the Honey Pepper Pimento sandwich rated higher than other options and was comparable in popularity to their original chicken sandwich. Source
The company wanted to offer a unique flavor profile for customers looking for something different from the classic sandwich. The pimento cheese and honey pepper pairing achieved the goal of creating a menu item with both sweet and savory qualities.
How Does It Taste?
Those who have tried the new sandwich say the pimento cheese is the dominant flavor. The creamy, cheesy spread overtakes the chicken breast flavor. But the pickled jalapeños provide a nice contrasting heat. Source
Reviewers note that the honey, while tasty, is subtle. You don’t get an overly sweet flavor. The jalapeños also aren’t present in every bite depending on the number of slices added. But overall, the combination of ingredients balances spicy, savory, and sweet.
Fans of pimento cheese will likely enjoy the strong, cheesy flavor it provides. Those unfamiliar with the spread may find it overpowering compared to a traditional chicken sandwich.
The Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich comes in at 570 calories and 28 grams of fat. That’s significantly higher than the original Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich with 420 calories and 18 grams of fat. The increase is not surprising given the addition of the calorie-dense pimento cheese spread. Source
Pricing and Availability
Chick-fil-A’s new sandwich went nationwide on August 29th. But as a limited-time seasonal menu item, it will only be available while supplies last. The Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich is priced at $6.79, compared to $4.69 for the original sandwich. Source
New Caramel Crumble Milkshake Too
Along with the sandwich, Chick-fil-A also welcomed a new Caramel Crumble Milkshake. It’s made with butterscotch caramel ice cream, blondie cookie crumbles, whipped cream, and a cherry.
Early reviews say it provides a smooth caramel flavor with nice crunch from the blondie bits. At 690 calories it’s the highest calorie shake option, butworth the indulgence for milkshake fans. Source
Chick-fil-A’s new Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich brings a decidedly Southern flavor to their menu. Fans of pimento cheese will welcome the creamy, cheese-forward profile. Those unfamiliar with the spread may find it overpowering. But the pickled jalapeños and honey provide complementary flavors to round it out.
Along with the sandwich, the Caramel Crumble Milkshake also impresses with its rich butterscotch flavor and texture from the crumbled cookies. Both new items provide bolder, indulgent flavor compared to Chick-fil-A’s usual offerings.
Have you tried the new Chick-fil-A sandwich or milkshake? Share your thoughts on these limited-time menu additions!