Lately, it seems like Jack in the Box has been liberally experimenting with its menu, creating all sorts of crazy concoctions and promoting them via commercials that push the boundary between commercialism and plain old silliness. Seriously, have you seen those Munchie Meals? It’s like the company isn’t even trying to hide that they’re made specifically for stoners. Anyway, today’s product review focuses on another new menu item from the fast food chain, one that represents another attempt by Jack to reach spicy food lovers. This time, they’re serving up Jack’s Blazin’ Chicken Sandwich, a spicy twist on a classic sandwich recipe.
Spicy chicken fillet topped with Ghost Pepper Ranch sauce, grilled onions, spicy jalapeños, Swiss-style cheese, lettuce and tomatoes all on a jumbo bun.
I copied the above directly from the company’s website, so it should tell you all you need to know. As is par for the course for these things, I got mine without onions, because grilled onions are gross. But hey, look at that Ghost Pepper Ranch sauce! That’s pretty awesome, right? You don’t see that at too many mainstream places. On a side note, it’s funny that the list specifically says “spicy jalapeños.” I guess we can rest assured that Jack in the Box isn’t tossing us some weak non-spicy jalapeños
As tends to be the case with fast-food products, the actual result is somewhat lacking compared to the advertising image, which you can see to the right. Still, it looks like a chicken sandwich should, and all of the pieces are in their proper place. My only real complaint, presentation-wise, is that the ranch sauce makes the lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapenos extremely slippery, leading to one messy sandwich.
Smell and Taste:
There’s no surprise here: it smells like a chicken sandwich. The ghost pepper ranch sauce doesn’t lend the thing any more of a spicy scent than it already would have (considering it has a spicy chicken fillet instead of the regular one), but the overall smell is appealing. It also tastes like it should. The veggies go quite well with the ghost pepper ranch, and nothing clashes or fights to dominate the experience.
I really like this thing. The heat on it is Mean enough to give chileheads a surprising amount of bite, but not so unbelievably hot that the mainstream crowd can’t conceivably enjoy it. That’s smart. It helps, too, that the overall flavor works so well. I wish my chicken patty had been bigger, but I’m not going to knock the score here just because my local restaurant is stingy. I am seriously giving this one a Notable, and I want another.
Even though this sandwich doesn’t live up to true ghost pepper-levels of heat, it’s still a great grab from a fast food restaurant. It’s always good to see spicy food gaining more mass appeal, and this is another step in the right direction.