McDonald’s Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich

McDonald’s just added their new Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich to menus nationwide and everyone’s going crazy over it. But the big question now is, will it make me fat? And, how many calories does it have?

As with most fast food menu items, fried chicken sandwiches can cause problems if you eat them regularly. However, these foods are not necessarily bad and unhealthy when eaten occasionally, but they can sabotage your weight-maintenance or weight-loss efforts if you eat too many too often.

I know we’ve said this many times already, but it bears repeating: Portion control is key.

With that said, the McDonald’s Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich has 530 calories, and most of those calories come from carbs. It consists of a crispy buttermilk chicken filet made with all white meat chicken, silvered onions, pickles, and a smoky BBQ sauce on a sesame seed bun.

McDonald’s is also offering new Spicy BBQ Glazed Tenders. If you’re interested, you should check them out here Spicy BBQ Glazed Tenders.

McDonald’s Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich Nutritional Information

Calorie breakdown: 32% of the calories are from fat, 48% from carbs, and 20% from protein.

Here we can see the full nutritional values for the spicy chicken sandwich, including the calories and the macronutrients.

Nutrition Facts
Calories From Fat170
Total Fat19g
Saturated Fat3.5g
Trans Fat0g

Although it’s not low in calories, you can burn off the sandwich relatively quickly. Fifty minutes of aerobics would be enough to burn 530 calories. No one said it would be easy.


The Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich contains the following allergens:

  • Wheat
  • Milk
  • Soy

Ingredients in McDonald’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Fillet

Water, Vegetable Oil, Potato Starch, Chicken Breast Fillets with Rib Meat, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Corn Starch, Bread Crumbs, Spices, Salt, Citric Acid, Buttermilk (Cultured Nonfat Milk, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3), Rice Starch, Palm Oil, Rice Flour, Yellow Corn Flour, Natural Flavors, Baking Soda, Garlic Powder, and Maltodextrin.

Quarter Pound Bun

Water, Yeast, Sugar, Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), and Soybean Oil. It also contains 2 percent or Less: Sesame Seeds, Salt, Wheat Gluten, Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Guar Gum, Vinegar, Natural Flavors, Vegetable Proteins, Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, May Contain One or More Dough Conditioners, and Modified Food Starch.

Spicy BBQ Sauce

Tomato Paste, Sugar and Brown Sugar, Water, Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Soy Sauce, and Corn Starch. It also contains less than 2 percent of Jalapeno Peppers, Salt, Natural Flavor, Spices, Garlic, Chipotle Peppers, Molasses, Soybean Oil, Garlic Powder, Paprika, Preservatives, Natural Smoke Flavor, Onion, Pepper Pulp, Lime Juice Concentrate, Xanthan Gum, Bell Peppers, Onion Powder, Acetic Acid, Celery Seeds, Yeast Extract, Carrot Powder, Tamarind, Sesame Oil, Torula Yeast, and Extractives of Turmeric (Color).

Pickle Slices

Water, Cucumbers, Alum, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate which works as a preservative, Natural Flavors, Polysorbate 80, and Extractives of Turmeric.


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