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Chicken Sandwich War Challenge: Chick-fil-A's Chicken Sandwich - Bachelor on the Cheap

Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

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. 

Chick-fil-A drive through
Check out the rain gear

Today I sampled Chick-fil-A's Original Chicken Sandwich.  Full disclosure, I've had this sandwich a few times, so I know what I'm getting, but it had to be sampled again for the purpose of this challenge and in the name of yes, you read it right the first time.....(cough), food science.

Chick-fil-A is THE #1 chicken joint in the country and the LONG drive through lines are a measure of proof.  It took me 20 minutes to get through the line today during the noon lunch hour.  It's actually TWO lines of traffic being served going WAY beyond the perimeter of the restaurant property and my neighborhood restaurant is ALWAYS busy like that! Chick-fil-A has this down to a science, having employees actually out in the lanes taking orders and delivering food.  If they did drive through the traditional way, the ordering process and wait would be FAR longer.  It was raining today, the help had rain bubble gear on and I'd say there were a good 12 - 15 people working those drive through lanes it was that busy during the lunch hour.

Chick-fil-A open shot
You have to order mayo if you want it

Enough about the drive through process, "What about the sandwich?" you ask.....  Two things that make this sandwich work are that the chicken is seasoned well and the meat to bun ratio is spot on.  Two things that need work:  You don't get pickle in every bite and you have to order mayo or sauce, this sandwich comes 'naked' otherwise. Overall, it's a good sandwich, but not a great sandwich.  It's prepared efficiently, chicken is juicy, tender, but there's no 'WOW' factor to it.  Let me put it this way, if the state fair had a chicken sandwich contest, Chick-fil-A would not earn a blue ribbon.

I paid $7.62 for my Chick-fil-A combo meal - gotta love those waffle fries! - a reasonable price that is Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly.  This chicken sandwich scored 53 out of 63 possible points, putting in the middle of the pack as far as fast food chicken sandwiches go.  It's a decent sandwich and reasonably priced, the service is top notch polite, but it's not the best chicken sandwich out there.  I have to say it's not even close.  The Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, it's worthy of a repeat buy, but it's a Plan B kind of thing. 

4 stars

The Chick-fil-A restaurant visited on this occasion is located at 7990 E Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67206.  The service at Chick-fil-A is second-to-none, very polite, very efficient, but due to the volume of traffic it took 20 minutes to get my meal at the noon hour.  Yes, that's kind of a testimony to how popular Chick-fil-A is with that much traffic, but we're talking fast food here and there are better chicken sandwiches out there.

$pend Wisely My Friends..... 

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Chicken Sandwich War Challenge: Church's Chicken Sandwich - Bachelor on the Cheap

Church's Chicken, chicken sandwich
Church's Chicken, chicken sandwich

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. 

Church's Chicken
Look at that bun!

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. 

Today I sampled Church's Chicken, chicken Sandwich.

Church's Chicken Sandwich
Pickle in every bite

Church's puts a big dent in Popeye's armor!  Church's has put together a very fine sandwich, it's got excellent visual appeal, the chicken was juicy, tender and had a nice crunch.  The meat to bun ratio was good, there was pickle in every bite and that bun!....  The brioche bun brushed with Church's honey butter makes this sandwich bun the best of the challenge so far.  It's going to come down to the spreadsheet scorecard vs. Popeye's.....

Church's Chicken Sandwich
Church's comes in a close second to Popeye's

I paid just $3.99 for my Church's Chicken, chicken sandwich and it scored 60 out of 63 possible points, a near perfect score and second best in the challenge.  Yep, Popeye's is tops.  Church's is right there with Popeye's but for the slightly smaller chicken breast and a mayo that's not quite as good.  But you can't go wrong with this sandwich, it rocks and is very reasonably priced - Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly  - and it's another dose of YUM!  The Church's Chicken, chicken sandwich gets 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.   Repeat buy!

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends..... 

The Church's visited on this occasion is located at 3824 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67218.  The drive through service as fast and friendly, from time to order to receiving my sandwich at the window took about 2 minutes.  Thank you Church's!

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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Introduces the Spicy Chimi Fajita Taco to its Menu for a Limited Time

Wichita, KS – Fuzzy's Taco menu additionFuzzy’s Taco Shop announces the addition of the Spicy Chimi Taco to its menu, available for a limited time. The new taco features the vibrant, flavorful characteristics of the popular Argentinian sauce, made with a Fuzzy’s twist.  

The Spicy Chimi Fajita Taco features a lightly fried flour tortilla with Fuzzy’s signature garlic sauce, shredded cheese, grilled fajita beef, and pico de gallo, topped with a house-made spicy chimichurri sauce. Fuzzy’s Spicy Chimichurri is made with fresh parsley, cilantro, and jalapenos, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt.

Guests will be able to enjoy the new taco at all participating Fuzzy's Taco Shop locations* from Wednesday, May 19 through Sunday, June 27.

“We’ve been making our Spicy Chimichurri in-house daily for years, and while many guests have never tasted it, it’s become an underground favorite for those who have. With chimichurri gaining popularity on menus over the last few years we wanted to bring attention to ours with this new taco, and hopefully introduce more fans to it,” says Laura Purser, Vice President of Marketing. “As we get into the warmer part of the year, the spicy kick from the chimichurri will perfectly complement an ice-cold margarita or beer on one of our patios.”

The taco is available for a limited time for dine-in, takeout, and delivery (where available). Skip the line with Fuzzy’s online ordering placed through the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop website and app. 

Follow Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Instagram and Facebook for your daily share of good vibes and craving-inducing images. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 17 states. For a full list of locations please visit www.FuzzysTacoShop.com.

*The Spicy Chimi Fajita Taco will not be available at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Taqueria (Minneapolis, MN).

About Fuzzy’s Taco Shop:

Founded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 17 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was recognized in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 Ranking, was named Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017 and was one of QSR magazine’s Top 6 “Best Franchise Deals by Franchisee Satisfaction” in 2016. For franchising information, please visit www.MyFuzzys.com.