Is the new KFC Cheetos chicken sandwich any good? It depends

The KFC Cheetos Sandwich introduced Monday includes a fried chicken breast drizzled with neon orange sauce that a WTOP staffer described as looking radioactive, but it doesn’t pack that powerful of a punch.

“I wish there was heat, because there’s good crunch. I would like the hot sauce,” WTOP Traffic’s Jack Taylor said.

WTOP digital editor Teta Alim agreed: “If it was a hot Cheeto, maybe I would be more…”

Jumping in to agree, WTOP assistant editor Alicia Abelson added, “If they had crusted the chicken in hot Cheetos, that would have been (better),” while Taylor summed up with, “I would love that if that was crushed Cheetos for the breading of the chicken.”

The KFC Cheetos Sandwich introduced Monday includes a fried chicken breast drizzled with neon orange sauce that a WTOP staffer described as looking radioactive, but it doesn't pack that powerful of a punch. (WTOP/Kristi King)
The KFC Cheetos Sandwich introduced Monday includes a fried chicken breast drizzled with neon orange sauce that a WTOP staffer described as looking radioactive, but it doesn’t pack that powerful of a punch. (WTOP/Kristi King)

One WTOP staffer ranked it "a solid 1." (WTOP/Kristi King)
One WTOP staffer ranked it “a solid 1.” (WTOP/Kristi King)

Taste testing the sandwich on air, WTOP anchor Debra Feinstein's first reaction was, "Wow! That's really good!" (WTOP/Kristi King)
Taste testing the sandwich on air, WTOP anchor Debra Feinstein’s first reaction was, “Wow! That’s really good!” (WTOP/Kristi King)

The sandwich costs $4.79 and will be available for a limited time. WTOP/Kristi King)
The sandwich costs $4.79 and will be available for a limited time. WTOP/Kristi King)

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The KFC Cheetos Sandwich introduced Monday includes a fried chicken breast drizzled with neon orange sauce that a WTOP staffer described as looking radioactive, but it doesn't pack that powerful of a punch. (WTOP/Kristi King)
One WTOP staffer ranked it "a solid 1." (WTOP/Kristi King)
Taste testing the sandwich on air, WTOP anchor Debra Feinstein's first reaction was, "Wow! That's really good!" (WTOP/Kristi King)
The sandwich costs $4.79 and will be available for a limited time. WTOP/Kristi King)

Overall, Taylor thinks the sandwich is good.

Taste testing the sandwich on air, WTOP anchor Debra Feinstein’s first reaction was, “Wow! That’s really good!”

Feinstein said the sandwich is tangy, but not spicy and definitely crispy. “It’s very crunchy from both the chicken and the Cheetos, so you’ve got some good crunch. And, there’s nice mayo going on there.”

Feinstein thought the sandwich would be enhanced by pickle slices that would give the flavor a bit of a bite. Overall, she rates the sandwich a 4.5 out of 5, while co-anchor Mark Lewis was less enthused.

“Debbie likes it a lot more than I do. I’m going to give it a 3.5,” Lewis said.

Alim’s ranking: “A solid 1.”

Abelson’s ranking: “1.7, closer to a 2.”

Taylor: “A good strong 4, but I wish there was heat.”

Asked what he thought might make the sandwich better, Lewis agreed with Feinstein: pickles.

The sandwich costs $4.79 and will be available for a limited time.

Kristi King

Kristi King is a veteran reporter who has been working in the WTOP newsroom since 1990. She covers everything from breaking news to consumer concerns and the latest medical developments.

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