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Here’s my thoughts on the ongoing Chicken Sandwich War between several Fast Food Giants   Leave a comment

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They say war is bad for business unless it’s a Food War. Actually I just made that up ^_^

All of the top US-based Fast Food chains have chosen Chicken Sandwiches as the subject of an ongoing Food War they have pulled the public into since the summer and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Excluding the above sandwiches, I have sampled Chicken Sandwiches from almost all of the top chains. Before I get to that, I do want to confirm almost all the sandwiches are a variant of the Friend Chicken Sandwich.

 

Ok here we go. I used pictures of how they really look instead of the promotional pictures for the sake of accuracy. I am also only including sanwiches that a part of the regular menu BUT not the smaller value menu sanwiches

 

Burger King

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In order they are the Classic Chicken Sandwich, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Grilled Chicken Sandwich (formally known as the Chicken Whopper). The bread and meat are the main parts of the sandwich while the mayo, iceberg lettuce (which actually has little to no nutritional value believe it or not), onions and tomatoes are toppings included. I have eaten all three myself. BK has released gourmet specialty versions of all four types over the years and currently has a few variations of the Crispy Chicken Sandwich. I always request pickles be added for a little extra crunch.

Of the four, the Spicy Chicken Sandwich is my personal favorite. The breaded patty has a noticable kick but it’s not too overpowering even if you get it with no veggies and no mayo. In other words, I kid could eat it if they wanted to. Adding pickles mitigates the afterburn as well actuallly. Thanks to BK’s current 2 for $6 promotion I just buy two of them instead of a combo, saving money I would’ve spent on Fries and a Drink.

By the way. The chicken patties for the last 3 sandwiches are the same ones used in salads and wraps.

 

McDonalds

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In order they are the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Classic Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich and the McChicken. It’s fairly easy to see what’s in all of them. All of them have Mayo. All but the Classic Chicken also has romaine lettuce mayo. The Classic Chicken Sandwich (3rd picture) has a spicy sauce and pickles and that’s why it looks bigger than the first two. Yes, I add pickles to all. McDs has a McChicken + Small Fries for $3 Deal so you save almost a dollar.

The chicken patties for the first 3 sandwiches are the same ones used in salads and wraps.

 

KFC

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They are the Chicken Little and Crispy Chicken Sandwich. KFC’s market testing or also selling a lot of gimmick sandwiches such as their Donut Sandwich and the Chicken and Waffle Sandwich but I decided to exclude them. KFC has actually only been offering chicken sandwiches for about 25 years now believe it or not. Both types of sandwiches were actually introduced around the same time. They are more known for their fried chicken so…yeah.

 

Wendy’s

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Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich is the only thing pictured here that actuallly looks like the promotional pictures as soon as you unwrap it and tastes like it too. I usually add pickles, which brings out the kick from the spice even more Same with the non-spicy version.

The Crispy Chicken Sandwich (pictured) is from the value menu and is one of the options for Wendy’s 4 for $4 Meal (the other 3 being burgers along with a drink, fries and 5-piece chicken nuggets). It’s nothing to call home about and you’ll probably want to add more toppings if you want it to feel filling. I usually add pickles, onions and tomatoes.

 

Popeyes’

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…I haven’t tried Popeye’s new Chicken Sandwich yet myself but will at some point. The 3 Popeyes in Boston I know of are all hard to get to from where I live so…yeah. No real rush. It looks very similar to MicDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sanwich though with the pickles and sauce. Like everywhere else, there are regular and Spicy versions. As of November 3 2019, it is now a permanent menu item.

From what I’ve been seeing online while getting these pictures, the Chicken Po Boy (second picture) has been discontinued. It was the same as KFC’s old Zinger Sandwich where they used their Chicken Tenders as well as a sub roll as a base with pickles, iceberg lettuce and mayo. It didn’t look as impressive as the Shrimp version and didn’t sell well. It was basically just there as a kosher alternative to the Shrimp version (which I appreciated since I don’t eat Shrimp myself).

Chick-Fil-A

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The only item listed I not only never have eaten but never will because it’s a corporate chain that touts Christian values and beliefs when it’s convenient for them. I can’t stand that kind of hypocrisy and to this day, I have never given Chick-Fil-A a cent of my money. I tried their food twice and I wasn’t impressed personally. I get those who like the fact the chain encourages Christian Speak and even lets evangelists take over a table in their restaurants all day (provided you stay there) but people go to Fast Food chains specifically so they don’t have to think about things like that. I get those who like it but to each their own.

…Whew.

Of the items listed that I have tried, my personal favorite is Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich followed by Burger King’s version. Presumably, Popeyes’ will round out my Top 3 once I’ve tried it. I do like the McChicken but just when you start getting into it, you’ve finshed eating it. Same with KFC’s Chicken Little. I miss the Zinger Sandwich they had on that note. I LOVED it.

While Wendy’s, Burger King and McDonalds are more known for their burgers, their chicken sandwiches are holding it down. I did rank two of them over KFC and Popeyes, which both specialize in fried chicken so…yeah. Clearly I think they’re doing something really good but that’s just my opinion on the Chicken Sandwich Food War.

See the Poll below if you’d like to weigh in. Please comment if you pick certain Poll Answers ^_^

 

 

 

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