You Should Never Order The Grilled Chicken Sandwich From McDonald's. Here's Why

Associated with greasy cheeseburgers, salty fries, and decadent milkshakes, fast food has long been considered something to avoid if you're trying to be health-conscious. However, in the last few years, many fast food chains have begun adding healthier options to their menus, like salads, fruit, and low fat and lower-calorie dishes. One chain that has been working diligently to offer healthier foods to patrons is McDonald's. While you can still find the iconic Big Mac and famous fries at the Golden Arches, you can also find a variety of lighter fare. There's the garden salad with chicken, the fruit and yogurt parfait, the Egg White Delight McMuffin, and apple slices to swap out for fries (via Women's Health).

Another popular pick for when you're craving a burger alternative is the grilled chicken sandwich. It clocks in at 380 calories, with 37 grams of protein and just 7 grams of fat compared to the original cheeseburger's 15 grams of protein and 12 grams of fat (via Fast Food Nutrition). However, despite the fact that its nutrition information looks good on paper, the McDonald's grilled chicken sandwich might not be worth ordering — here's why. 

The McDonald's grilled chicken sandwich may not be fresh

While the McDonald's grilled chicken sandwich may be a healthier option the next time you hit the drive-thru, it might not be the most delicious — or the freshest. It's so questionable, in fact, that according to some Reddit users, it's one of the menu items that even McDonald's own employees won't eat. In one Reddit thread, an employee admitted that because not many people order the sandwich, the chicken is sometimes sitting for more than two hours before it's sold. A McDonald's manager concurred in a separate AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread, saying, "DON'T order... the grilled chicken. It's horrible frozen chicken that we defrost and steam and it's a bit gelatinous." 

Customers haven't given the grilled chicken sandwich great reviews, either. The blogger behind TheImpulsiveBuy dubbed it "boring and plain," going on to explain, "The chicken isn't dry, but it has a stringy interior and still suffers from a somewhat chewy texture." A reviewer at Insider agreed that the chicken filet was very dry. Not exactly an appetizing endorsement.