Shake Shack has a new chicken sandwich in its lineup -- here's how it tastes

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  • Shake Shack‘s new grilled chicken club sandwich is being rolled out nationwide after being tested in Brooklyn, New York locations.
  • It will be available for a limited time starting Friday.
  • The sandwich is decent, but the chicken itself leaves something to be desired.

Shake Shack has a new grilled chicken sandwich in its lineup.

The “Griddled Chick’n Club” is a decidedly healthy item for a chain that serves cheese fries, hot dogs, and double cheeseburgers. Of course, this isn’t the first chicken item on Shake Shack’s menu – that honour goes to the deliciously crispy and near-perfect Chick’n Shack fried-chicken sandwich.

The sandwich will be rolled out nationally, excluding airport and stadium locations, for a limited time starting Friday. But is it as good as the rest of the chain’s chicken? We grabbed one from a Brooklyn Shake Shack to find out.


Right off the bat, the smell is intoxicating. The smoky aroma of bacon dominates the senses — always a good thing.

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The sandwich follows Shake Shack tradition and is embraced by the chain’s dense, ever-so-lightly sweet, potato bun. It’s a rare bun that goes with nearly any sandwich, and this bun is one of them. It’s even good with Shake Shack’s breakfast sandwiches.

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Let’s look at the mechanics. It’s a simply constructed sandwich — a club is a club is a club, and simplicity is a good thing here. The tomatoes are firm and vibrant, which is no surprise given Shake Shack’s creed of quality ingredients and sourcing.

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The bacon is top-notch, per usual. The slices are thick and wide, so three slices doesn’t feel too skimpy.

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Then there’s the chicken. It looks perfectly charred, dappled with pepper and other seasonings, and it rests atop a smear of buttermilk herb mayonnaise.

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But the taste of it is … odd. It’s not necessarily a bad taste, but there’s something off. The entire ensemble is incredibly salty, and the chicken breast is salty even without the bacon.

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Eater’s Ryan Sutton complains of a “gentle mealiness” in the chicken, and while I wouldn’t say the sandwich is as mediocre as his review does, I have to agree that there’s something texturally off about it.

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Source: Eater NY


It’s not terrible, but it doesn’t sit right. The bacon is really its saving grace — and that doesn’t jive all that well with the health-conscious vibe of a grilled chicken sandwich. Plus, $US7.69 (the price in Brooklyn, at least) is way too much for a chicken club from a fast-casual restaurant chain.

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