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Chick-fil-A’s new spicy chicken biscuit

IMG_0292After eagerly waiting through the holidays for December 27th to roll around, I made my reservation at my local Chick-fil-A to sample the newest of their spicy offerings, the chicken biscuit.

Those of you that followed my blogging before I joined the AJC team already know this, but for those that don’t, you should understand something: I’m a complete slave to fast food breakfast. You know when you’ve been with someone for so long that they can finish your sentences? Well, I can name more than one drive-thru operator in Atlanta that will cut me off mid-order and finish it for me.

I’m not a proud man, just being honest.

I also love spicy food, so the new spicy chicken biscuit immediately piqued my interest. But I had many questions about how successful this would be, not the least of which being “Will people want to eat spicy food first thing in the morning?”

As I unwrapped the spicy chicken biscuit, I searched for any visual clues that would set this apart from the original. For all appearances, it looks almost the same, save for a few noticeable flakes of black pepper. Unlike the spicy chicken sandwich, which has an orange tint to it that screams “spicy”, the chicken biscuit looked just like the ones that I grew up eating. Even as I took my first bite, that telltale ring of cayenne that I expected was nowhere to be seen.

IMG_0293The first thing that I noticed is that the breading lacked the same level of spices that they use for the sandwich. After my first few bites, I noticed no semblance of heat. It tasted just like the original.

But, as is usually the case when dealing with a cayenne heavy spice rub, it caught up with me. It is a slow heat that catches you in the back of the throat just when you think that this one may be a dud. The flavors were familiar, but by the time I’d finished, I found myself returning to the counter to get a refill on my water.

Dialing back the spice was a wise move on Chick-fil-A’s part, as only the hardcore chili heads want their tops blown off before starting their day. I think that the level of heat is just right. There is enough spice to satisfy the capsaicin lovers, but not so much that it will ruin the average person’s morning.

One complaint that I hear often about their chicken biscuits is about the biscuit itself, and I agree that it is the weakest link in the dish. It was always more about the chicken for me, so it never really bothered me, but if you can’t stand the biscuit on the original, don’t expect anything different here.

Overall, I really enjoyed it – not surprising, since I like the original – and will probably add the spicy chicken biscuit into my rotation of “chasing an early grave” breakfast items.

I know that some of you have claimed your free spicy biscuit already…what did you think?

P.S. In other awesome fast-food breakfast news, the Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting that Bojangles’ will open at least 25 more stores in the metro Atlanta area over the next few years.

 - By Jon Watson, Food & More Blog

- Jon Watson writes about Popular Eats for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Live To Feast

67 comments Add your comment

StephieZ

January 5th, 2011
1:37 pm

I don’t like the spicy chicken sandwich, but did like the spicy chicken biscuit. I don’t think either the sandwich or biscuit is particularly hot, but did notice that the biscuit was less hot than the sandwich. I like that about it, but probably because I don’t like the “flavor” of heat of the sanwich. That didn’t bother me in the biscuit. I would probably order the spicy chicken biscuit over the regular if I ever pick up a chik-fil-a breakfast.

Rusty

January 5th, 2011
1:41 pm

My wife and I made reservations and got to try it on Tuesday, and I pretty much had the same assessment as you did – mildly spicy, but not offensive for morning taste buds. I’ll underscore their lousy biscuits — I rarely go there for breakfast for that reason.

WreckIt

January 5th, 2011
1:45 pm

FoodFan

January 5th, 2011
2:11 pm

You know, I didn’t like it nearly as much as the regular chicken biscuit. And imagining eating this with a cup of cofee in the morning = heartburn city. However, I love their biscuit, and I would order this spicy chicken biscuit over the spicy chicken sandwich for a lunch item (if it was available)

Maybe I’m a purist – but you just can’t improve on the perfection that is the original…

Ivan S.

January 5th, 2011
2:13 pm

I’ve been eating spicy chicken biscuits for the past few months. Just go at 10:30am and you can order a spicy chicken on a biscuit. Sounds like I’ll keep doing that since I like the current heat in the spicy fillet and don’t want it dialed back.

VickiL

January 5th, 2011
2:32 pm

I guess you do have to like their biscuits, which I don’t. Too much biscuit and just a little bitty piece of “spicy” chicken. :(

Ivan Cohen

January 5th, 2011
2:34 pm

Do you carry Pepto Bismo around or a fire extinguisher? Hostage to spicy food, hostage to heartburn.

Jim R.

January 5th, 2011
2:42 pm

My Mother says they put way too much sugar in the biscuit…Who am I to argue? Mimi,l’ll see your smiling face at the drive-thru tomorrow as usual. Make it a spicy biscuit and add a cup of water.

love me some boj

January 5th, 2011
2:43 pm

and I don’t mean bank of japan

Kar

January 5th, 2011
2:44 pm

I’m getting my free one tomorrow.

Muffin

January 5th, 2011
2:46 pm

I’m more excited about Bojangles!

RK

January 5th, 2011
2:51 pm

Bojangles said that years ago, and I’m still waiting.

Charles R

January 5th, 2011
3:03 pm

sure wish chick-fil-a would fix their bread situation all around. the biscuits fail and have always gotten in the way of the delicious chicken (i think they make them out of discarded wood shavings).

Biscuit Fan

January 5th, 2011
3:32 pm

I’ve always really liked the biscuit and don’t totally understand the criticism. But, I had one in Stockbridge heading out of town one day that wasn’t as good as usual so I wondered if different location can have slightly different biscuits. More likely though it was just an off day, for them or me.

Jim

January 5th, 2011
3:52 pm

Any true southerner knows the biscuits are awful at Chic-fil-A. That being said, I wonder if they will put the spicy chicken in the breakfast burrito?

Jenn B

January 5th, 2011
4:51 pm

Had it this morning. Totally agree, much less spicy than the sandwich. It was quite good, but like the sandwich, I prefer the original chicken. It’s just so good I hate to have it overshadowed by the spices. Plus, I like a LOT of spice which would just over power the whole thing. I had my free sandwich, but haven’t had one since. It’ll be the same with the biscuit. I’ll stay with the old school favorites at Chick Fil A, well, those and the minis!

Mr. M

January 5th, 2011
5:17 pm

I claimed my free spicy biscuit on Monday. I agree with Jon’s assessment that the chicken wasn’t as spicy as it is in the sandwich. The biscuit was just too doughy for me, which is why I prefer their chicken minis. I plan to go back next week and see if they’ll make me a breakfast burrito with the spicy filet instead of the regular one – that should be good.

Johnboy

January 5th, 2011
6:36 pm

I am a huge fan of the spicy chicken sandwich. I tried the spicy breakfast biscuit this morning and was very disappointed. It is no where near as good at the spicy chicken sandwich. I must agree too that the biscuit is very disappointing. I basically wore it out of the restaurant from it crumbling apart all over me and my clothes.

Jalapeno

January 5th, 2011
9:11 pm

That S%*T was hott!!!!! They should give you a pint of milk for free!!

chick is the trick

January 5th, 2011
9:14 pm

Had to wait to hear if the biscuit was the same before getting my free one.
Reading that it was, in fact, the same old ’sweet’ biscuit they’ve served for years, I’ll pass on getting one for free.
Chick Fil A biscuits are the worst you can buy, a real shame since the chicken that goes in ‘em, and apparently the new spicy offering also, is the best.

Finn McCool

January 5th, 2011
9:15 pm

If you haven’t tried the breakfast biscuits at Martin’s you are missing out on a real treat. The large biscuit – whether you choose chicken or pork tenderloin – is exceptional.

Martin’s is a chain concentrated (I believe) in the West Cobb area but there is one location on Jimmy Carter. Worth the drive.

AJ

January 5th, 2011
9:21 pm

I’ve found that both the spicy chicken sandwich and spicy chicken biscuit vary is hotness. One day it is hot one day it is mild. Perhaps depending upon the amount of breading on it. Either way Chick-fil-a is my favorite.

OldTimer

January 5th, 2011
9:31 pm

The chicken is wonderful. However, the biscuit collapses quicker than a French man in a duel.
Fix the biscuit and we’re good to go.

Kim

January 5th, 2011
9:32 pm

I liked the biscuit, but at over 12 weight watchers points, I will be going back to my chicken minis. I did feel the let down of getting a dud, and then it hit me!
As for Finn, I agree with the Martin’s statement, how I miss the days when my husband worked on Buford Hwy and I worked on Shallowford!

BehindEnemyLines

January 5th, 2011
9:42 pm

Hard to top Bojangle’s steak & egg biscuits, at least as far as f.f. breakfast goes. For that matter, hard to top a couple of them for dinner.

Patrick

January 5th, 2011
9:44 pm

I stumbled across one of the few remaining Mrs. Winners over the weekend and once again was reminded that they make a darn fine biscuit, light-years beyond anything CFA has ever come up with. There is NO comparison. If CFA was smart, they’d buy out Mrs. Winners just to get their hands on the biscuit recipe. The Winners chicken is not important. Get the biscuit. Heck the steak biscuit too. Those are the things that need to be saved from that company. CFA can drop their terrible biscuit and gain a good steak biscuit too. Forget the cows. Sell the beef.

kennensaw mom

January 5th, 2011
9:46 pm

I will stick with the spicy chicken sandwich….somehow the spicy chicken biscuit was kinda ackward for the morning!!! Enjoyed the free one, but would not buy.

Darlene

January 5th, 2011
9:54 pm

Y’all! Maybe the Flying Biscuit should make a Flying Chicken Biscuit! Y’all! That would be awesome!

angela

January 5th, 2011
9:57 pm

I tried the new spicy chicken biscuit yesterday and was not impressed. The biscuit was sweet and the chicken has only a hint of spicy. I don’t plan on eating this again. There are other options on the breakfast menu that I rather have.

Drew

January 5th, 2011
9:58 pm

I’m intrigued, but I’ve never liked Chick-Fil-A’s biscuits… thick, dry hockey pucks. Too bad, since I like the spicy sandwich.

JIMBOB (aka James Robert)

January 5th, 2011
10:03 pm

I’ll be getting my freebie in Doraville on Saturday. The spicy sandwich struck me as being pretty medium heat. So I guess that this will be mild, but it sounds good b/c the heat will contrast a bit with the biscuit.

Drew

January 5th, 2011
10:03 pm

Now Bojangles? THEY can make a biscuit!

Kapoonka

January 5th, 2011
10:37 pm

Hate to be a buzzkill, but here goes….Breakfast should be an easily digestible meal. I would never eat this or anything that is fried or this heavy. Breakfast should be natural foods like pineapple, apples, bananas, oranges, berries, oatmeal, juice etc.. it makes a big difference. I find it odd that people care more about the gas that goes in their car than the fuel for their body. No one would put regular fuel in a car that specifies premium, and the human body deserves the same attention. Food = fuel for the body. Why don’t people get that? Okay..let me have it…

mrclean

January 5th, 2011
10:37 pm

I pass on the biscuits and always get mine on a bun. Way much better.

jason

January 5th, 2011
10:38 pm

OK. First, I’m a biscuit addict. On Bojangles, great! Love their spicy chicken egg and cheese biscuit all day too. Wish there were more of them. Ms. Winners, biscuit is like stop leak for your radiator! The best biscuit from a chain is Hardees! Loaded Omelet is perfect for my appetite! Had my spicy chicken this morning at the Winder location and first thought is, Spicy as all get out! Maybe there is not alot of consistency here because my biscuit made my nose run! It was good though. And I eat really hot stuff all the time, for fun! If I were to rate it, I give it a standard 7. Thought it was good but nothing I would come back for. JMHO

Cornfuzed

January 5th, 2011
10:42 pm

I am a big CFA fan, but not of their biscuits. I tried the spicy one yesterday and while the chicken is fine, the biscuit leaves much to be desired. I much prefer the Bojangles chicken biscuit for breakfast. Any other time of the day, give me CFA.

Patrick

January 5th, 2011
10:53 pm

@Kapoonka actually you are right. I went vegetarian on Jan. 1 and so far, so good. That chicken biscuit was the last meat I will ever eat. Feeling great about this.

OkNow97

January 5th, 2011
10:57 pm

Love the original Chick-fil-A biscuit. A consider it a “treat” to stop a grab one on the way to work. I like the biscuit, too, though I agree it breaks apart easily, leaving a mess on the suit and in the car. Tried the spicy chicken sandwich. Did NOT like it. Won’t order again. Wet, messy, didn’t care for the taste. Haven’t tried the breakfast spicy yet.

OkNow97

January 5th, 2011
11:00 pm

Oh, and agree with readers’ comments on Bojangles. Wish they would expand more in ATL.

Jeff

January 5th, 2011
11:10 pm

I think the biscuits at CFA are gross, but I do love the spicy sandwich. Finn is right, though, if you aren’t familiar with Martin’s, it’s seriously one of the best biscuits I’ve ever had. Their chicken biscuits run circles around Chick fil A’s.

SophyB

January 5th, 2011
11:15 pm

Chick fil A’s biscuit are awful indeed – I always just eat the chicken if I’m stuck with one at a morning meeting. I prefer the Chicken Minis but have the feeling they are REALLY bad for me! What I’m waiting for are the spicy chicken nuggets!! Bring ‘em on…..

SophyB

January 5th, 2011
11:17 pm

Chick fil A’s biscuits are awful indeed – I always just go for the chicken if I’m stuck with one at morning meeting. I prefer the chicken minis if the rolls aren’t over done; sometimes they are baked hard as a rock!

What I’m waiting for are spicy chicken nuggets! Bring ‘em on….

ATL Cook

January 5th, 2011
11:21 pm

I had my spicy biscuit Monday morning. About like the sandwich. I always put mayonnaise on mine. No one has better bisucits than Hardee’s. Too bad most closed. But, they were responsible for 10lb gain ine year. One opened up and they put coupons in teacher boxes every week.

But, I always keep multiple Chick fil A calendars in my truck. That way they are always handy to use. The soup for this month will be most welcome in a day or two.

The Eagles Landing Chick fil A has the worse service of any I have ever eaten at.. Sure are not out to please the customer. So, I stop at one at a different exit on I-75 as I head to Macon each day. One day a week is my usual.

Quagmire

January 5th, 2011
11:22 pm

chazeck

January 5th, 2011
11:32 pm

Looking forward to trying one of these. I used to pass Chic-fil-A on my morning route to work and ate there everyday. Jobs change as does routine. If it’s as good as the spicy chicken sandwich I may have to return to an old routine. As for the biscuits themselves, I think they’re better than any other fast-food biscuits out there. I always preferred them to McDonald’s biscuits which haven’t been the same since they stopped making them from scratch in the late eighties.

jasonthecloser

January 5th, 2011
11:40 pm

Hardees has the best biscuits. A Chick fil A chicken breast on a Hardees Biscuit would do the trick. And throw in some McDonalds fries while your at it. And then a donut from Ingles-yeah, that’s right-Ingles. Best donut on the planet…better than Krispy Kreme.

Biscuit police

January 6th, 2011
12:04 am

You guys are nutz. Chick fil a makes a bomb biscuit. Granyed some of the chains have slipped but, ser….this guy says the biscuits are what people normally dont like- and everyone jumped on the bandwagon. I have never heard of anyone not liking the biscuit till today. Now, bojangles makes a good biscuit too, so too ms winners. Martins are great too but the chicken blows.

In summation chick fil a chicken biscuit is the best breakfast food of all time.

Kapoonka

January 6th, 2011
12:05 am

@Patrick….good for you! Hang in there, and your body will thank you. I think about everything that goes in my mouth..no soda..no meat…no fried foods. It’s not that hard, and it’s actually cheaper to eat healthy. I’m up late, and I just devoured a grapefruit.

bake

January 6th, 2011
12:11 am

i’m with jim. when can we throw a spicy chicken burrito kapoonka’s way?

M

January 6th, 2011
12:45 am

I disagree regarding the spiciness of the biscuit. I had one on Tuesday, in Brunswick and considered it MUCH hotter than the multiple spicy chicken sandwiches I’ve had.

I think generally the spiciness should come across stronger on the biscuit since there should be proportionally more breading on the smaller chicken patti (biscuit) vs. the patti (sandwich), but I’m not a self-professed fast food breakfast nut either.