Fast Times: Chik-Fil-A Chicken Breakfast Burrito

When my parents made their first trek to Houston after we relocated, they had a long list of things they wanted to do -- that is, my mother had a long list of things. My father's list contained one item: go to Chik-Fil-A. "I've seen their ads for years during football games, and I have to try a sandwich," he explained. So off we went to Chik-Fil-A -- despite my distaste for its campaign of purposely misspelled words -- and my dad got his sandwich. (Verdict: "It's good." My dad, he's verbose.)

I haven't been back since ... until now.

Last week's Fast Times was a review of the Starbucks Egg Muffin Sandwich, and while it is not the most attractive sandwich, it tasted better than it looked. This week I searched online for a pretty fast-food breakfast item, and settled on the Chik-Fil-A chicken breakfast burrito based solely on its looks. I'm so shallow.

The Chik-Fil-A Chicken Breakfast Burrito consists of "chicken gently mixed with scrambled eggs, fire-roasted onions and peppers and a subtle blend of Monterrey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, all wrapped in a soft flour tortilla and served with our spicy salsa."

The texture of the eggs is actually pretty incredible, very soft and fluffy. Peace out, Starbucks egg product -- you and me? We're over. Tasted alone the eggs aren't great, but this is Fast Times, not Gourmet Breakfast Eggs, so whatever. They are well above average. The chicken is obviously good -- it's what Chik-fil-A is known for -- and the cheese they use is really nice. It's not too salty and was all melty by the time I got my to-go order home and on the plate.

There are nice bites of onion and pepper throughout the burrito, though I don't think I would call the flavor "fire-roasted." "Kind of sauteed" is more accurate. Still, they do add nice flavor. I wouldn't complain if Chick-fil-A threw some diced tomatoes into the mix, particularly because the "jalapeno salsa" they include is HEINOUS. If your idea of delicious is the inside of a tin can, this salsa is for you. I repeat: Do not eat this salsa. Go without or start carrying your own or something.

Nutrition stats: 450 calories, 20 grams fat (8 saturated), 2 grams fiber, 43 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams sugar, 24 grams protein, 990 mg sodium.

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Christina Uticone