Amanda weighs in on the chicken sandwich debate

If you haven’t heard or read already, there is a battle happening in the fast food chicken sandwich world. Well, the new Popeyes chicken sandwich is creating quite the competition for the Chick-fil-A classic chicken sandwich. I decided to take a bite from each and answer the burning question: Which chicken sandwich is better? 

Catch up on the whole story here

Now, you should know, the Chick-fil-A sandwich is my buddy, my pal. The original chicken sandwich is my go-to snack when I’m in the middle of a super busy day. A sandwich paired with Chick-fil-A lemonade just makes my day better. So, when Popeye’s announced its release of its own chicken sandwich, I didn’t even think it would compare to my Chick-fil-A buddy. 

However, my interest in Popeye’s sandwich peaked when I saw the social media fights between the two fast food restaurants. Then, all of these other chicken sandwich bearing brands joined in the Twitter feud and I just became confused. Which one really has the best chicken sandwich?

So, just to settle my own internal conflict, my coworker was so kind to pick up one of each: the new spicy Popeye’s chicken sandwich and the original Chick-fil-A sandwich. I didn’t even bother with trying the other brands (i.e Wendy’s, Zaxby’s, etc.) because, honestly, I felt like Popeye’s is the only possible competitor. 

 

First, I tried the Chick-fil-A sandwich. 

I knew what this one tasted like before entering the taste-off. The chicken is always thick and juicy and the pickles are crisp and salty. They are the perfect combo. And while this sandwich is plenty flavorful on its own, you can add any sauces you like. My personal favorites are the honey mustard or zesty.

Then, I tried the Popeye’s sandwich. 

If you listen closely to the video, you can hear the initial crunch. The chicken is crispy and very true to the traditional Popeye’s chicken tenders. This sandwich also comes topped with pickles, so you can see the similarities between the two brands’ versions. The Popeye’s sandwich, though, comes topped with a spicy Cajun sauce. This sauce is SPICY. The texture of the chicken and the kick in the sauce make this a very different sandwich from Chick-fil-A.

 The verdict. 

Ultimately, I chose the Popeye’s sandwich to be better because I was so surprised by how different it tastes. I wasn’t expecting such a kick and that worked out in its favor. However, I’m not sure if it’s something I would come back to over and over again, like I would the Chick-fil-A sandwich. So, the Chick-fil-A sandwich is still my tried and true snack and I’m sure we will be seeing more of each other. The Popeye’s sandwich — you’re cool, but I think it’s better if we keep our time together pretty limited.