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Popeyes, Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s: Who comes out on top in the #ChickenSandwichWars?

Lucas Cuni-Mertz & Caleb Wilson

For those unaware, our country is in the midst of an all-out Chicken Sandwich War.

The fighting began when Popeyes released its new fried chicken sandwich, which quickly took social media by storm with its deliciousness. People even began going so far as to say the sandwich tops those from Chick-Fil-A, often considered the holy grail for fried chicken on a bun. The drama reached a fever pitch when both restaurants began exchanging shots on Twitter, with Popeyes implying its new sandwich had Chick-fil-A feeling nervous. Wendy’s, whose social media team is notorious for grilling restaurants (and regular citizens) on Twitter, soon entered the fray, and just like that, the #ChickenSandwichWars were upon us. 

Luckily, U-News is here to help you through these dark times, as we bravely set out to determine which of these chicken sandwiches is truly the best in the game. For our review, we graded the sandwiches on four criteria: crispiness, flavor, quality of the condiments and size. 

Wendy’s Homestyle Chicken Sandwich

Unlike Chick-fil-A and Popeyes, which feature actual chicken breasts on their sandwiches, Wendy’s opts for an underwhelming chicken patty, giving the sandwich a bit of a manufactured feel. We enjoyed the crispiness of the chicken, but we found the patty to be a bit dry and lacking in flavor. The sandwich’s toppings of lettuce, tomato and mayo do help with this, however. Wendy’s talks the most smack out of any restaurant on social media, but their chicken sandwich had us thinking they would’ve been better off sitting this one out. 

Crispiness: 4/5, Flavor: 3/5, Condiments: 4/5, Size: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3/5

Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

Chick-fil-A keeps things simple with its iconic sandwich: juicy chicken, perfectly steamed buns and crisp pickles are all it takes to create near perfection. Our only real complaint is that the chicken is not very crispy, resulting in a rather one-dimensional texture. Still, this one dimension is pretty damn good, and it’s clear why this sandwich was seen by practically everyone as the one to beat.

Crispiness: 2/5, Flavor: 5/5, Condiments: 4/5, Size: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Popeyes Fried Chicken Sandwich

We’ll cut straight to the point: the hype is real. This sandwich takes what Chick-fil-A’s does well and manages to make it that much better. The chicken is every bit as tender and flavorful, but it outshines Chick-Fil-A’s in terms of crispiness and overall size. The sandwich’s condiments are an improvement as well—the mayo is a welcome addition, and the pickles are thicker-cut than Chick-fil-A’s. 

Crispiness: 5/5,  Flavor: 5/5, Condiments: 4/5, Size: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Is the Popeyes chicken sandwich delicious? Yes. Is it better than Chick-fil-A’s? We think so. Was a Chicken Sandwich War necessary? Probably not, but it’s what we’ve come to expect from 2019. Go out and try these sandwiches for yourself, and let’s hope the fighting ends soon. 

lac2m2@mail.umkc.edu ccwykr@mail.umkc.edu

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