Takeaway Truth: McDonald's Chicken Big Mac

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Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: McDonald's Chicken Big Mac.

Last year, McDonald's briefly added the Chicken Big Mac to its official menu, legitimising a "secret hack" that customers had been enjoying for years. This week, the burger is once again available for a limited time.

As its name suggests, the Chicken Big Mac contains all the ingredients of a regular Big Mac but with the beef patties substituted for McChicken. It's been possible to enjoy this burger mashup as a bespoke order for years.

Here's the marketing description from Macca's:

Customers loved the Chicken Big Mac when it was on the menu, and Aussies have been asking for it to come back ever since. So from today, the Chicken Big Mac is returning to restaurants nationwide.

The Chicken Big Mac teams everything you know and love about our Big Mac - the Special Sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and sesame seed bun - with our famous Chicken pattie.

And here's the nutritional info for all the calorie counters out there:

Average Quantity Per Serve

Energy (kJ): 3020

Protein (g): 36.0

Fat, total (g): 38.0

Saturated (g): 7.9

Carbohydrate (g): 57.0

Sugars (g): 7.3

Sodium (mg): 1160

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We picked up one of these burgers from a McDonald's outlet in Sydney's Westfield. Here's how the real thing compares to the image on McDonald's website:

As always, the kitchen hand who made our burger did a pretty slipshod job of putting the ingredients together. Nevertheless, this isn't the worst likeness we've ever seen.

For perhaps the first time ever, the advert's oversized, bun-dwarfing patties actually have similar dimensions in real life. (Usually, this is just a trick of perspective.) So well done on that score, we guess. If a modicum of effort had been put into the assembly, this could have scored higher.

Truth Rating: 6/10

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    IO used to like Big Macs but these days i cant stand them.

    I wish they would bring back chicken bites, my daughter loves them and so we often have to get KFC Popcorn Chicken which can be very hit and miss.

      Aren't chicken bites just smaller chicken McNuggets? They also do chicken tenders now, which might serve as a replacement.

        Nope their nuggets are awful, and very battery, the chicken bites were much like popcorn chick but a lot softer (and were great for a kid with texture issues, and a downright pain to get to eat)

        I haven't actually tried the tenders, it might work, but she can be very particular about taste, texture, shapes at the moment.

      Domino's has the best Chicken Bits out of the QSR restaurants. :P

      Little Bites too

      Last edited 11/01/18 6:18 pm

    That is some real sloppy burger building. I would have been let go if I did that back in the day when I worked in a Macca's kitchen.

      Was that back in the days where WE didn’t have to wait for our food. When it had been sitting there for about 10-20 minutes. Now they make it “fresh”

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