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Review: The Clash of the Chicken Sandwiches

PC: Thrillist

Many topics can spark a debate, but I’m going to settle a specific one that has many wondering: Who has the best chicken sandwich? I chose the three best fast food places to narrow it down to: Popeyes, KFC, and Chick-fil-A. So let’s see which one comes out on top. Here are my results: 

#3: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich: 5/10.

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich (PC: The New Yorker)

Description: Served on a buttery brioche bun, with Popeyes’ house mayo, tangy pickles, and its chicken breast marinated in Popeyes’ seasonings in between.     

Maybe surprising to most, but Popeyes takes the #3 spot. Not the worst presentation, but not the best either. Maybe it wasn’t the workers’ day but when I took the first bite, it felt like it had been left out sitting on the counter for hours. It was dry and just tasted really chewy and was really tough on the teeth. Their sandwich had the most mayo out of the three, and it was overpowering. Maybe I’m not doing it justice because the chicken wasn’t obviously freshly made, but I’m not going to visit the restaurant again to get a freshly made sandwich. Two bites were enough for me, it was simply unenjoyable overall.

#2: Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich: 8/10

Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich (PC: Chick-fil-A)

Description: A boneless breast of chicken seasoned to perfection, freshly breaded, pressure cooked in 100% refined peanut oil and served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips.

At first glance, the presentation of the sandwich was the worst out of the three. The bun looked smashed, and it didn’t look appealing. Besides the presentation, the taste redeemed its appearance as it was hard to resist eating the whole thing. The chicken was very juicy, tasted natural, and less processed than the others since they use 100% real, whole, boneless breast of chicken that contains no fillers or added steroids or hormones. Its chicken breasts are not separated or ground, unlike many other fast-food chains whose chicken is mechanically separated. It has a tangy, sweet flavor to it, and you can really taste the butter, in which they dip the chicken in before breading. Overall, the sandwich is simple, and I’m not surprised the lines are filled with people who have their minds on this menu item. 

#1: KFC Fried Chicken Sandwich: 9/10

KFC Fried Chicken Sandwich (PC: Yum! Brands)

Description: A  double-breaded and extra-crispy chicken breast filet, thick-cut pickles, and your choice of Colonel’s real mayo or spicy sauce—all on a toasted, buttery brioche bun.  This is rather identical to the Popeyes chicken sandwich.

Of course, this leaves the winner to the last chicken sandwich: KFC. Presentation was the best, as the chicken breast was the most massive, overflowing the bun. The bun did not look smashed like the others, but rather stable. The chicken was very crunchy, and was tender on the inside. There was a perfect amount of sauce which left a cajun-flavored and perfect spice to it. Some may say that KFC has an uneven breading to chicken ratio, but in my opinion, it was the perfect amount of breading for me. Overall, KFC takes the crown for the best chicken sandwich.

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Selene Nunez
Selene Nunez, Staff Reporter
Hi my name is Selene and this is my first year contributing to The Growl. I wanted to test my skills in writing and see how far I can take them. In my free time, I like to do something active, read the Bible, work, watch Netflix, and spend time with family and friends.
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