The Chicken Sandwich Taste Test: Who Wins?

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We have a winner in the battle for chicken sandwich dominance.

With reports of Popeyes’ new chicken sandwich selling out all over the country, we knew that we had to find out first-hand whether this newcomer to the chicken sandwich fast food scene was worth all the hype.

As a result, we sent Stetson, our very own taste-tester and chicken sandwich-lover, to sample the Popeye’s chicken sandwich and let us know how it stacks up against some of the other fast food favorites (Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, KFC, and McDonald’s).

fast food chicken sandwich lineup

Our Chicken Sandwich Showdown included sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, KFC, McDonald’s, Popeyes, and Wendy’s. That’s a lot of poultry for one guy, not to mention the heavy responsibility of naming a winner in this battle of the birds. Stetson’s a total pro though, so we knew he’d be up to the task.

Stetson says: I knew this would be hard as I love chicken sandwiches, mainly Chick-fil-A. I wanted to put the others to the test against it. I did my best to be upfront with each item as I wanted to give you my honest thoughts on each review.

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Stetson with Popeyes chicken sandwich

Stetson says: Coming in at $3.99, I thought this was a flavorful, juicy sandwich, especially at the price point. It comes with 2 pickles and mayo. I honestly understand the hype with this new addition to their menu. Would definitely recommend.

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Wendy’s Homestyle Chicken Sandwich

Stetson with Wendy's chicken sandwich

Stetson says: I really wanted to like this sandwich. I know lots of people brag on Wendy’s and their sandwiches. This personally wasn’t the best, coming in at $4.79. I thought it was just a bland, “meh” taste. Don’t get me wrong – it wasn’t terrible, just not a go-to for me personally.

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KFC Crispy Colonel Sandwich

Stetson KFC chicken sandwich

Stetson says: First time ever trying this sandwich. It took me by surprise, as it was layered with 4 pickles and mayo on top of juicy, crispy chicken. I didn’t expect to like this sandwich at all, and it became my runner up!

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McDonald’s Classic Chicken Sandwich

Stetson with McDonalds chicken sandwich

Stetson says: For $1.50, I wasn’t expecting too much out of this sandwich. I’ve had these numerous times in my life, and I can be honest that sometimes they can be tasty! This go around was awful though – it didn’t even taste like chicken. It was really hard and I thought it was a disappointment, but I wouldn’t ever count McDonald’s out as I know these sandwiches are good sometimes. It’s about consistency!

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Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich (Still our #1 Pick!)

Stetson with Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich

Stetson says: Speaking of consistency, Chick-fil-A came in as my winner. Priced at about $4, it came out fresh and juicy. I love the fact that it has that extra pickle punch to it and I can honestly say I haven’t really had a bad experience with their chicken sandwiches, which makes me like it more and leaves me wanting more. Oh Chick-fil-A. However, it was a close call between this and KFC surprisingly – but I had to stick with my honest gut feeling and go with Chick-fil-A as the winner.

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There you have it – Chick-fil-A has asserted itself as the best chicken sandwich of all time, at least in the eyes of our fearless taste-tester! Have you tried Popeye’s new chicken sandwich yet? Is it deserving of all the hype? Share your favorite chicken sandwich in the comments below!

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About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 119

  1. joann

    Hands down popeyes! Chic fil a peeps are shoooOk!

  2. Sara

    The Hot ‘n Spicy McChicken is much better than the regular McChicken.

  3. Tammy

    The KFC is the only one not priced in the discussion. How does it compare cost wise?

  4. Bryant

    This whole taste test is invalid unless he ate the Spicy Chicken Sandwich options from Wendy’s and Popeye’s. The regular chicken sandwiches are nothing compared to the spicy option, hands down. Now until I try the Popeye’s Spicy, Wendy’s still reigns supreme at #1.

  5. Gloria

    Sam’s Club Members Mark southern chicken sandwiches and nuggets taste just like Chick-fil-a!!
    Try it!

  6. mulash

    McDonald’s is definitely not real chicken breast. It’s just a bunch of weird meat by-products glued together… ANd I think the same goes for Wendy’s….

  7. *Angela-Miles*

    Agree with him on this one. Chick-fil-A first, then Kfc close behind second. Ive been getting the KFC ones when i do the surveys and they are pretty tasty sandwiches. Better then i expected.

  8. D

    I love Chick fil a, but recently tried PDQ and was pretty impressed. I’m not a fan of Wendy’s, MC Ds, or KFC but highly recommend PDQ!

    • Lisha

      What’s PDQ? Tia.

      • D
        Opened about 10 years ago and they’re starting to pop up all over. Real chicken – no McMystery meat 😂. Their milkshakes taste great too!

  9. SunnyK

    I’ve been a loyal chic-fil-a junkie and eat there at least twice a week. I have to say, I may never go back. Popeyes did it for me! Jill, you may be having a reaction to the MSG in chic-fil-a’s sandwich. I was disappointed to learn that they used the spice. It’s a silent killer!

  10. Fiona

    Recently tried Popeyes Spicy Chicken sandwich. Hubs and I loved it. We both agreed that Chikfila has a great chicken sandwich but we are craving to go back for another Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich! We both agree that Popeye’s chicken sandwich is thicker (meatier) has thicker crunchy pickles, and juicy with a spicy kick to it .

  11. Pinky

    You really need to add Arby’s chicken sandwich to the taste test. It is actually really good. When they have their seasonal version around lent that has the Hawaiian bread it is hands down not contest when it comes to flavor.

  12. Cat

    Luv the taste of CFA but had to quit eating there as they use a ton of preservatives and MSG and it makes us all feel sick after eating there.

  13. susancullenneves

    To me CFA Deluxe is #1…no contest. I did try a Popeye’s spicy chicken sandwich and it was good but SOOO HUGE Could not finish it. KFC is OK and better with the nashville hot stuff on it. McD’s NO BUENO.

  14. Laura L Donovan

    Popeyes best item is the fried chicken sandwich. It’s crispy good! It is satisfying to my throat which also wants to swallow the spicy version.. a crispy, spicy, twin option!

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