From the mind of famed chef/television personality Guy Fieri comes the Disney Springs quick-service restaurant “Chicken Guy”. Like it’s name suggests, Chicken Guy features chicken tenders and sandwiches along with sides and desserts. As far as quick-service restaurants go, Chicken Guy is one of the most affordable options in all of Disney Springs, which makes the fact the food is delicious that much better! You’ll find it attached to Planet Hollywood just as you’re entering the covered mall.
Chicken Guy’s entrees are about as simple as you can get: Tenders, sandwiches or salads. As far as chicken goes, you have the option to have it crispy fried or grilled and…well…that’s about it. The biggest variety of meal choices come on the sandwich and salad sides of the menu but even those choices are a bit limited.
The reason for the limited food choices is because Chicken Guy’s real claim to fame is its sauce variety. There is a sauce for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you like smokey, sweet, spicy or any combination of the three, each entree option comes with your choice of two of Chicken Guy’s 20+ house-made sauces.
The sauce choices can be a bit overwhelming, so the best way to try them is to order the tenders. The sandwiches consist of a few tenders between slices of bread and when you order your sauces the tenders are already dipped in those sauces on the sandwich. This makes the sauce flavors blend together in a way that makes the sandwich just taste like generic sauce. The best way to get a full taste on the sauces is to get tenders. Tenders are given to you plain, allowing you to dip a tender in a sauce one at a time.
Can’t decide on a sauce? That’s OK because Chicken Guy has a few of it’s workers walking around with a sash full of sauces. You’ll be able to try some of the other sauces on your list without requesting them when your ordered.
Each combo meal comes with your choice of sides and Chicken Guy’s sides are good, if not terribly original or healthy. You have the choice of fries, loaded fries, fried pickles, mac & cheese and coleslaw. We’ve never been disappointed in the sides, but they aren’t anything to write home about either. However, the kid’s meals feature sides of applesauce or a fruit cup, so if you’re trying to stay a bit on the healthy side you can try and request one of those.
Keeping up with its fast food theme, there isn’t much drink variety at Chicken Guy. They have a regular (i.e. non freestyle) soda machine and two choices for milkshakes. The milkshake flavors are the Triple Double Mint milkshake (think of it as a mint chocolate chip with Oreos) and the Cinnamon Apple milkshake. The cinnamon apple shake is vanilla ice cream with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Apple Jacks cereals in it, so it’s less of a warm apple pie kind of shake and more of a crunchy bowl of cereal.
Chicken Guy is a quick service restaurant in every sense of the word. The interior has a small seating area and can feel a bit crowded during the rush times. There is outdoor seating as well for those who love being in the sun or who want to take advantage of the cooler winter air. The best piece of atmosphere has to do with Chicken Guy’s signature sauces.
The first bit is how the sauces are presented. Chicken Guy’s mascot/logo is Guy Fieri himself as a chicken and each sauce features a different corresponding image of the literal Chicken Guy as it relates to that sauce. It’s pretty funny seeing all his different iterations.
The second bit of atmosphere are the workers who come to your table asking if you need some additional sauces. Half the fun of Chicken Guy is trying all the different hand-made sauces and knowing you can sneak a taste of a third or fourth sauce helps bring the stress of which two sauces you’re choosing with your meal down a level. Every time we’ve been there the sauce-somaliers have been friendly and knowledgeable about the sauces.
Chicken Guy’s fulfills a really important role at Disney Springs, and it fills it well. It’s a quick, affordable and simple meal option. It may seem like we’re criticizing Chicken Guy by comparing it to fast food, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Just because you can get food quickly, doesn’t make it fast food.
Chicken Guy may not have a massive menu with fancier options like you’d find at the Wolfgang Puck quick service restaurant for example, but it does one thing and does it extremely well. The chicken is always juicy and flavorful, the sauces make for a great variety of flavor and definitely enhance the repeatability of the restaurant. The lower price tag means you can get great food without breaking the bank.
We love a good burger or pasta, but when it comes to quick service at Disney Springs, we’re just a couple of Chicken Guy…er…Guys.