I tried 9 items off McDonald's 'secret menu,' and it turns out the best item could also be the hardest to get

Irene Jiang / Business InsiderThe Chicken McGriddle tastes like the classic combination of chicken and waffles.
  • Business Insider recently tried nine items on McDonald’s legendary secret menu, which it turns out it mostly unofficial.
  • We found the Chicken McGriddle, a combination of a McChicken and a McGriddle, to be the best item on it.
  • It’s also one of the hardest items to acquire because both breakfast and lunch items must be available at the same time.
  • McDonald’s franchises will soon individually decide their breakfast menus and hours, meaning the availability of the Chicken McGriddle could differ from franchise to franchise.
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Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort.”

This rings true for the item most worth having on McDonald’s secret menu: the Chicken McGriddle. A combination of a McGriddle and a McChicken, the Chicken McGriddle packs a crunchy, salty, chicken center in between two pillowy and sticky-sweet McGriddle buns.

Of all the items on the secret menu – which, as I recently found out, is more a collection of DIY fan recipes than an actual menu – this slapdash chicken-and-waffles proxy was by far my favourite. I would not say no to a Chicken McGriddle. I’d probably even let someone bribe me with one. Not that they’d have to: the combination costs a relatively affordable $US5.29 plus tax in New York City.

Chicken McGriddle McDonalds biteIrene Jiang / Business Insider

The result is a sandwich that hits all the high notes of a show-stopping chicken-and-waffles duet – sweet and savoury, fluffy and crunchy – but at a matinee price.

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Customers can also choose to include egg, cheese, or any other McGriddle component for an extra dose of DIY to their brunch.

However, since McDonald’s plans to end its standardised all-day breakfast, the availability of breakfast items will soon vary from franchise to franchise. Like the Mc10:35 am – a secret-menu combination McGriddle and McDouble – the Chicken McGriddle will only be reliably available during the brief, brilliant overlap between breakfast and lunch that happens around 10:35 am.

But if your favourite franchise keeps the McGriddle on its all-day breakfast menu, that means you can have your brunch sandwich – and eat it too – for dinner.

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