By Mike Thayer
There's been a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food, it started in 2019 and it's still going on today.
Shots fired! Chick-fil-A made headlines in 2019 becoming the third largest fast food chain, led with their classic chicken sandwich. Popeyes reacted by putting a new chicken sandwich on the menu and consumers went crazy over it, so crazy in fact, Popeyes ran out of ammo. Already armed with a spicy chicken sandwich, Wendy's entered the battlefield that year by bringing back their spicy chicken nuggets, fans of the item went in a Twitter frenzy.
Popeye's Chicken Sandwich has been so popular, it is now considered THE gold standard for a chicken sandwich. So how do all the other fast food joints stack up? In the name of 'food science' (cough), I intend to find out.
In this Chicken Sandwich War Challenge, sandwiches are evaluated and scored on the following criteria: Visual appeal, the meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, crunch factor, the pickle/mayo and of course, overall taste. There are 1-9 points available for each category for a total possible total score of 63.
I recently sampled Popeye's Classic Chicken Sandwich, yes, that one, THE Gold Standard, the sandwich that is used to measure others.....
This sandwich flat out ROCKS! It had a great visual appeal, just look at the size of that chicken breast! The meat was crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside and seasoned perfectly. Wrapped up in that puffy Brioche bun and complimented by tart pickle and creamy mayo, this sandwich combination is genius in it's simplicity and packing all that flavor in just a few ingredients.
I paid just $3.99 for my Popeye's Classic Chicken Sandwich and it scored 62 out 63 possible points. The only knock I've got against the sandwich is that it could have used one more pickle, I didn't get that nice tartness in every bite. Popeye's sandwich deserves Gold Standard status and it's most definitely a repeat buy getting 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. It should be your go-to chicken sandwich.
The Popeye's restaurant visited on this occasion is located at: 3131 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67226.
Lousy drive through service. It wasn't all that busy on a Thursday evening around 6:45pm, there were just a couple cars ahead of me, but from the time I pulled into the drive through lane, then getting to the menu board and finally picking up my meal was over 13 minutes. The lady taking my order didn't try to up-sell me (I ordered just the sandwich) and when I pulled up to the window I watched as the gentleman who I assume prepared my sandwich, throw, yes, throw my bagged sandwich from about 10 feet to the lady at the window and she nearly dropped it, it wasn't a good toss. Highly unsatisfactory service.
$pend Wisely My Friends.....
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