The Chicken Sandwich Taste Test: Who Wins?

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man at table with 5 different chicken sandwiches from fast food restaurants

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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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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    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks for sharing with us, A! That does look yummy!

  1. Autumn

    Chick Fil A is my favorite chicken sandwich as well.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s my favorite too! 🙌

  2. Kathy

    Totally Chick-fil-A!!!!

  3. Rachel

    I can’t wait to try the new Popeyes chicken sandwich. I agree with you, Stetson… Chick-fil-A is always consistent, but I would like an alternative for a good chicken sandwich on Sundays. Thank you for your review. 😋

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the kind comment, Rachel! I’ll be sure to pass that along to him!

    • J

      The Popeyes chicken sandwich is delicious! Especially for those who can’t take the spices at Chick-fil-A (not me, but I know people with food sensitivity). This chicken sandwich at Popeyes tastes like good ole juicy, crispy, flavorful chicken. It’s become so popular they’re selling out all over my state. By the way, this was my first time tasting anything from Popeyes.

    • Sue

      Your making me hungry!!!

  4. Noelle

    Tried the Popeyes last night. To my surprise it was really good. Chick fil a is still better because maybe it’s the cleanliness of the store and their customer service. No one can touch that with fast food.

    • Garfield

      Speaking of cleanliness, my husband refuses to go to our neighborhood Popeyes because he saw the manager cleaning the hood of the warmer with wet sponge and who knows what chemicals and dirty water was dripping down the chicken that was ready for sale.

      • FLmomma

        I told my husband the same thing! I don’t care how good the sandwiches, the cleanliness and service of Chick-fil-A cannot be topped by Popeyes!

  5. Lesomom

    Chik-Fil-A all the way!!!! My favorite

  6. Mg05

    Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich is their best.

  7. MN_Jen

    My all-time favorite fried chicken sandwich is at Hattie B’s in Nashville. It is amazing, and I wish it was available in more places! (And at less than $10 for the sandwich and fries, it is one of the best deals in Nashville, too!)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks so much for the suggestion!

    • MissLauraLou

      Love Hattie B’s!!!

  8. J.H.509

    Awesome job Stetson!! Way to take one for the hip2savers!! I’m still all about Chick fil A

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, Thanks so much! I’ll be sure to let him know you enjoyed the review!

    • J

      I agree, I too appreciated the review. I’ve never had the chicken sandwich from Wendy’s or McD’s, happy to know I’m not missing anything.

  9. Kelly K

    Chick-fil-a is consistent and that’s what makes them the best! You know what you are going to get everytime !

  10. Heather

    I have to say that Raising Cane’s has one of the best chicken sandwiches out there. And this is coming from a huge Chick-fil-A fan!

    • Niece333

      I agree!

    • Joanna

      Love Cane’s too!!! ♥️♥️ Can’t find them everywhere… so when you can’t, then Chick Fil A ALL DAY!
      Cane’s is always fresh and clean.

  11. Kim

    Arby’s has a really good crispy chicken sandwich. My favorite.

    • Wren

      I like Arby’s too but the stores around us have been closing down 🙁

  12. rosa

    My husband loves Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich too!

    • shop4mybabies

      my husband loves the spicy chicken sandwich at wendy’s. typically, we are ordering on a budget and getting the 4 for 4 but he always asks “if its too much i’d love a spicy chicken” he’s a man of simple needs

      • irene

        That 4 for $4 is an amazing deal! Hubby and I share a set when we get the munchies.

      • Lo

        The app usually has $2 off a premium meal which in my area would bring the meal down to $5 so just a lil above the 4 for $4 and make the hubs happy. Also you can sub the fries for chili or a salad.

  13. Ivan

    CFL has the best hands down!

  14. Stacey

    Chick fil-A is my favorite. However, when I go back home I always get Zaxby’s Grilled Blackened Club best grilled chicken for fast food, hands down. Wish I had a Zaxby’s near me.

  15. KS

    I think it is a little unfair to include McDonald’s value sandwich (the McChicken) in this comparison. Probably should have used their more comparable chicken sandwich that is priced around the same. Although my kids do love the McChicken – it is a great value for kids!

    • Amanda

      I agree!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, KS! My kids enjoy that one too!

    • woopdee

      Right, have a separate comparison of $1-$2 sandwiches.

    • Laura

      I was wondering the same thing. McDonald’s has a crispy chicken sandwich for around $5 – why get the $1 mcChix?

      He needs a redo! 😂😂

    • Lisha

      I agree.

    • Elizabeth M

      I said the same when I watched Stetson’s review. That being said, the McDonalds buttermilk chicken sandwich is inconsistent. I like the flavor but sometimes it’s really dry.

  16. Cristine

    Love that Chick- fil-a!!!

  17. Samples

    Yes…Totally Chick-Fil-A…..My favorite Place…Thank you….It was my pleasure…very courtesy Employees…The best…🌺

  18. Kellie

    Had the Popeye’s sandwich yesterday and it was fabulous! I already love their fried shrimp and the Cajun Sparkle seasoning. Definitely recommend!!

  19. Jessica Romero

    I like the original chicken from BK, but it is more of a McChicken thing, not real meat probably. I used to love the spicy chicken from Wendy’s, but remember when it was bigger? Personally I would probably have to pick chick-fil-a also 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      My husband likes the original chicken from BK too!

  20. Mandy

    Going to Nashville next week and there is a Hattie B’s across the street from hotel. Have not had there chicken Sandwich though… guess I know where I’ll be eating at least one night 🙂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How exciting! Hope you have a wonderful trip and enjoy your chicken sandwich!

    • TooManyKids

      I had no idea there was a Hattie B’s. One of my 22 month old twins name is Hattie. Her middle name starts with t and her nickname is Hattie T!

  21. Marie

    I’m obviously in the minority, but I tried chickfil-a once and was not impressed at all. Chicken sandwiches are my go to, always, so maybe it’s just harder to impress me, but I wouldn’t even give it a second chance because it was really that bleh.

    • Daniela

      I am not a fan either. I find their chicken over spiced and dry but that could be from chicken sitting. This is the first location in my area and I never see a line. I am still a Roy Rogers girl even though the only locations I have are on the NJ Turnpike and Popeyes is my second fave.

    • T

      I have tried chick fil a once and was also not impressed. Chicken sandwich was boring and did not like the lettuce they use. Sauces were not good either. The fried tasted good though. Would not order again. In my opinion culvers has the best chicken sandwiches for fast food.

      • Diane

        Oh, I definitely don’t recommend the grilled sandwich. The fried sandwich is the original one, and in my opinion the only one to order.

    • Lisha

      I’m in the minority too. I tried it years ago in Fl, was not a fan even after relatives rave about it. They recently entered the NYC market. I tried twice – and this is their largest location – I was not jmpressed. U fortunately for my stomach, hips and thighs, I thoroughly enjoyed their shake.

    • smellyann

      My kids and I agree with you. Something just tastes… WEIRD with the chicken sandwich, esp the grilled over the fried. And since they are soooo anti-LGBTQ, I don’t mind a bit giving up going there altogether! 😉

  22. Denise

    Chick fil A for me all the way! I do really like some of the others too.

  23. Anna

    Yes! Hands down chic fila for us too

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)


  24. Andrea U

    “Chick-fil-A has asserted itself as the best chicken sandwich of all time” … of course! Though I also like spicy chicken and find their version to “tabasco-y”. I’ll try Popeye’s if spicy is an option – now they do spicy nice! 🙂

  25. M

    Today, the line to get into Popeyes was blocking traffic. People were stopped in the road to get into the restaurant. It wasn’t even lunchtime.

  26. Jules

    The Shake Shack Chicken Sandwich – Chikn Shack is to die for!!! I love Chick-fil-A but this beats theirs!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      YUM! Thanks for sharing, Jules! I haven’t tried that one!

    • mel

      Shake Shack just opened up in my area. We got the burgers and while my husband enjoyed his, I didn’t find it was anything special, that everyone seems to rave about. Will give their Chicken Sandwich a try next time he wants a burger!

  27. riss

    Raising Cane’s, anyone? Never heard of them, but they just opened one up in our area and passed by it couple of times. Someone said it’s reallly good. I don’t know if they have chicken sandwiches, but since they are a chicken place, I’m assuming they do.

    • Amy

      My husband and I tried one in Texas. Having been from the Pacific Northwest, we had never heard of them. In my opinion, just average. Like a scaled down Red Robin for comparison.

    • mel

      Cane’s is more like a chicken finger sandwich, made with 3 fresh fried chicken tenders rather than a huge piece of breast. Their chicken is really good, esp with the sauce!

      • Denise

        Mel I agree chicken and their sauce was great. We were in Texas last week and decided to eat there. Wish they had one in Ohio I would eat there over kfc

        • Jessica

          Here in central ohio we have several Cane’s 😊

        • Rachael

          There are a couple in CLE area. Strongsville and one is opening soon in Lakewood!

    • M

      Raising Canes🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

    • Jackie F

      I had them a few times in Louisiana while I was there and was not impressed with anything they served.

    • *Angela-Miles*

      Love Canes, the Box combo is my jam lol. I use their sauce with the bread and fries also. Delicious!

  28. Kevin

    Chick-fil-A is the best!

  29. MCouzens

    I just don’t understand the hype behind Chik-fil-A. I have only eaten there twice as they are new to my area. Both times the bun was way bigger than the piece of chicken. I bite into the sandwich and get nothing but bread, both times. The chicken was fresh and juicy but not very flavorful and not enough of it. I just don’t get it.

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    • Laura


  30. Dave

    McDonalds Tomato Mozzarella chicken sandwich was my favorite of all. It was a limited time item on the international menu so I really hope they bring it back sometime….it was soooo good.

  31. Lk

    McDonald’s is our go to for lunch when traveling and my husband always orders 2 mcchickens. Where else can 2 adults eat lunch for about $6. Of course we only eat there when we’ve gone through out take along meals. McDonald’s are on every highway it seems too.

  32. Fish

    Anyone try Jollibee chicken sandwich? I like Jollibee the BEST! The chicken itself a lot more juice than Popeyes and chick-fil-A.

    • riss

      I haven’t had Jollibee fried chicken in a looooong time, and i’m from the Philippines, where it came from. But i remember from when I was young that it was really good!

  33. GG

    Chick-fil-A is my favorite! I think it’s not only the food is also the cleanness, environment and CULTURE SERVICE 🙂 smiles go a long way 🙂

  34. Diane

    I agree with Chick-fil-A. No other chicken sandwiches can compare. Plus the employees are all so friendly and polite. I definitely recommend if you haven’t tried it.

  35. Emily

    I read this this morning and just had to go to Chick-fil-A for lunch. When I went to pay their drive through register was having a random issue so the cashier said lunch was on them and they tossed in a cookie!! I always have loved Chick-fil-A!!

  36. Annie

    Same. Won’t eat there. Hopefully the Popeyes one is good so I can enjoy a chicken sandwich without the social guilt.

  37. Beth

    I’ve never had Chick-fil-A but ours opens on the 28th! I’m so excited to try it! I love supporting companies that have morals and values!

    • Megan

      That’s the reason I WON’T support them.

      • Jessica


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      • Mere

        Agree. Gross.

    • Mima

      I agree Beth, I like the company values. I find the service in CFA better than any other fast food place. So nice to hear please, thank you and my pleasure.

  38. Jane

    I don’t even have a Chick-fil-A in my area but I would love to try one. I absolutely LOVE their tv commercials, they make me crack up and tear up at the same time. That older one where the 2 guys find out they both play trumpet is so cute. The newer one where the girl brings food to the new mommy in the hospital wen she has here baby is neat too. See what an impression they leave on me!?

  39. Britt

    Should have done a blind test!

  40. Kimberlyn

    do you have Raising Canes where you are? I heard theirs is super tasty but have not tried it. Their strips are yummy. The only negative to me is that I think its chicken strips on a bun. LOVE Chik-Fil-A.

  41. Jackie

    Chick-fil-a all the way!!! Glad to hear you liked that one the best. I think they do have THE best chicken sandwich and on top of that their service is amazing and the drive tru is always super fast. Win,win,win 😉👍😁

  42. Hena

    Love Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich!!
    So good and perfectly crispy.

  43. Shirley

    We love Chick-fil-A as well but sadly found out recently that it actually contains MSG!☹

  44. Missi

    I worked at Chick fil a a few months & I still eat there 😀. I don’t do spicy but all the other food is really good. I also like the chicken fingers from Raising Canes.
    Now for some reason I want a chicken sandwich.

  45. Rachml

    My favorite “cheap” chicken sandwich is the ~$1 chicken sandwich at Wendy’s. Compared to the dollar menu chicken sandwich at Jack in the Box & McD’s I think theirs is the best. I also really like the Chicken Littles at KFC, and back in July KFC’s Cheetos Chicken Sandwich was my absolute favorite. My favorite more expensive fast food chicken sandwich used to be a crispy bacon ranch sandwich that was either at BK or Carl’s, it’s been forever since I had one that I can’t remember anymore haha

  46. Ann

    I love this post. I can’t recall, but have you done a post similar to this but for burgers from some of these fast food joints? I would be interested in knowing those results. Thank you.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You might be thinking of this post, Ann!

  47. JILL

    So disagree. Chick Fil A makes me ill every.single.time I eat it. I had to quit getting it because there was never a time I didn’t get sick from it. Haven’t tried Popeye’s yet but most people online are raving over it more than CFA. I guess for a change they’d both work (just not CFA) for me. I don’t care for the McD’s ones. So I pretty much quit eating them at fast food restaurants.

    • Denise

      Jill I think they cook their chicken in peanut oil. You said you feel ill after eating just curious if you have a peanut sensitivity

  48. laura

    The Popeyes chicken sandwich was way to greasy for me. The sour pickles and grease made my acid reflux act up and threw up all night. Worst sandwich ever and the combo comes with greasy spicy fries.

  49. Sunflower

    Popeyes can’t compete until they are able to keep up with supply and demand. All of the restaurants in my area have signs posted being out of chicken sandwiches. Poor marketing in my opinion.

    • Mel

      But doesn’t that say something about their chicken sandwich?!?

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