The fried chicken sandwich war: McDonalds, Popeyes, etc.

Albertine Combs, Junior Editor

The original chicken sandwich was invented back in 1946, when Truett Cathy grilled a piece of boneless chicken and sandwiched it between two buns at his Atlanta restaurant. This popular hamburger alternative was then named the Chick-fil-A. Today, the chicken sandwich is an iconic fast food staple, and is almost as popular as hamburgers. 

1) McDonald’s McChicken ($1.29)

You know that one reliable friend in your biology class that explains all the labs and is overall pretty nice even though you guys don’t talk outside of that class. Well, that’s McDonald’s McChicken in the form of a chicken sandwich. The McChicken is overall almost perfect in a sense, with a soft smooth bun with a light crispy patty that’s the perfect (on the smaller side) portion size. It’s probably not the best chicken sandwich that you can get, though for its fair price point of $1.29 it’s decent. 

Score: 8.5/10.

2) Popeye’s ($3.99)

Popeye’s was on the saltier side. It may just be me growing up in a low sodium household, but whatever was in that patty was s-a-l-t-y. However, I will credit them for having such a crispy patty and having actual real chicken meat rather than the ground up chicken nugget sandwiches served at Walmart. The bun did feel a little bit mushy, but I think I accidentally smashed the sandwich on the drive back home, so I won’t dock any points. I had both the original and spicy chicken sandwich, though both were equally salty and delicious. Also, those biscuits deserve a shoutout. 

Score: 9/10

3) Chick-fil-A ($3.75)

My review on Chick-fil-A is going to be controversial. The sandwich was mediocre. The patty was mushy and the bun was deflated. I also don’t recommend those with a severe nut allergy to try the sandwich as they cook their chicken in refined peanut oil and I had a small reaction (I will not doc any points from my final verdict since not everyone has a nut allergy). Overall, Chick-fil-A only earns four points because of the sauce. 

Score: 4/10 

4) KFC ($3.99)

KFC’s chicken sandwich is definitely one of the better chicken sandwiches for a fast food restaurant. The bun was pretty standard, quite similar to Chick-fil-A’s bun but a little denser. The patty was basic with real chicken meat like Popeye’s, though it did lack a true crunch. Of course, the mayonnaise and pickle combination helped with the flavor.

Score: 8/10


Between all the sandwiches listed, the overall winner of this fried chicken sandwich war has to go to Popeye’s, with the McDonald’s McChicken as the runner up. It could be time for you to change up your favorites from hamburgers to one of these fried chicken sandwiches!