Im-Peck-Able or Nah? A Roadtest of Jollibee's New Fried-Chicken Sandwich

Here's our verdict on the new Chick'nwich.

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PHOTO BY Patricia Baes ILLUSTRATION Warren Espejo

(SPOT.ph) ICYMI, Jollibee—a.k.a. the local fast food chain best known for their Chickenjoy—recently went the fried-chicken sandwich route as they introduced their own version to the menu, dubbed the Chick’nwich. And as fried chicken fans ourselves who know the happiness-inducing abilities of a good sandwich, we knew we had to give it a go to see how it fares.

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Also read: Top 10 Tastiest, Crunchiest Fried-Chicken Sandwiches in Manila

Here's what we think of the new fried-chicken sandwich of Jollibee:

The Chick’nwich is officially described by the happy bee to have a 100% whole chicken fillet that's double hand-breaded for double the crunch, plus a special mayo dressing and dill pickles on a buttery brioche bun. Pretty standard so far, but Jollibee also adds that it's "twice the size of your average chicken sandwich"—which makes for a totally drool-worthy premise.

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The Chick'nwich is conveniently packed in a box.
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The sandwich arrived on our doorstep, and we're happy to report that the chicken fillet is, in fact, quite large—it's at about a one-is-to-one ratio to the bread! The chicken fillet is a tad different from their famous Chickenjoy, bearing a lighter, cracklier skin makes it easier to eat, plus a slightly more spiced (but not spicy) profile that gives it a more memorable character if you ask us.

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Check out that thicc chicken fillet.  
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As for its accompaniments, our feelings are mixed. The "special" mayo dressing turns out to be what seems to be a mustard-mayo mix that does the job of contributing richness to each bite, though it could use more zip. The pickles are pretty standard, but dang, we wish there were more of them. And then there's the bun part of the equation—it's said to be brioche but we can't taste much of the butteriness or richness that the classic bread is known for. We also couldn't help but wish there were some shredded cabbage or lettuce or other veggies in there, at least in so far as they would have contributed more freshness and crispness (not to mention color!) to the mix.

Still, everything comes together more or less cohesively as you take a bite—and the chicken is the star here, what with its crispy, savory character and juicy interior. Note, though, that this is the kind of dish you'll want to consume as soon as your order arrives—that's when the chicken is at its crunchiest, which is to be expected of any fried food really, but this is especially true in the case of the fillet in this sandwich. Unlike the Chickenjoy that still retains a hint of crispness as it cools, the chicken here can get quite soggy, which isn't exactly the most enjoyable to eat. Still, dig in right as you get your sandwich and you'll be in for a good time.

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The Chick'nwich goes for P130 for just the sandwich and P175 with fries and a drink. You can get your fix at their shops, or order for delivery via Jollibee's delivery app, website, or hotline. It's also available via GrabFood and Foodpanda; just note that prices may vary.

Jollibee is a fast-food chain in the Philippines with stores all over the country plus more than 270 international branches in countries that include the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Macau, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, and the United Kingdom—plus they're expanding to open even more branches in Europe.

Jollibee has branches at G/F Agustin Building, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City and Andres Soriano Street, Intramuros, Manila. See a list of Jollibee branches. For delivery orders, download Jollibee's delivery app on iOS or Android. You can also visit Jollibee's websitecall #87000, or find Jollibee on GrabFood or Foodpanda. For more information, check out Jollibee's Facebook page.

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