If you’re like me, you’ve heard all the hype surrounding the new Popeye’s chicken sandwich. If you’re also like me, then you haven’t had the chance to try it yet.
As a person who pretty much only eats chicken sandwiches when they go out to eat, I might just be the most qualified person to judge where to get the best chicken sandwich. If we must wait out this countrywide shortage before getting to try the notorious Popeye’s sandwich, we can at least weigh our other options.
First, we have the Chick-Fil-A original sandwich. Considering that Chick-Fil-A primarily sells chicken as their food product, I would expect their chicken sandwich to be top-notch. It’s pretty minimal with just the chicken and the pickles, but for some reason, this franchise really knows what they’re doing if the constantly long drive-thru lines are any indication. Considering this sandwich serves as my lunch at least twice a week, I have to rate it a 4 out of 5 stars. But the spicy chicken sandwich is a whole different story…
Another chicken centered eatery whose sandwich can stand the test of time is Raising Cane’s. The locations to this fast food joint aren’t as easy to find as the previously mentioned Chick-Fil-A, but once you hunt one down, you get to try the widely talked about Cane’s sauce. The sandwich itself has the sauce slathered on the inside of the bun, which pairs nicely with their homestyle chicken. Only because I don’t go there as often as other chicken places, I have to give it a solid 3 out of 5, because in the end, it’s just three Cane’s tenders on some bread.
I can’t really have a discussion about fast food menu items without mentioning the chain restaurant that everyone thinks of first. With the iconic golden arches, comes a chicken sandwich with just as much power to it. Of course, McDonald’s is typically known for its Big Mac, but the Crispy Chicken Buttermilk Sandwich really does things that some other chicken sandwiches cannot. Maybe it’s just because the sandwich reminds me of my childhood, but it’s a solid 4.5 out of 5 in my book. The artisan roll paired with the special sauce and the tomatoes really did something for the fast-food chicken sandwich game. Not to mention that their specialty chicken sandwiches do not disappoint. I tried the new tomato mozzarella sandwich as part of their around the world special, and besides the overflow of onions they layer on, it also deserves a 4.5 out of 5.
One of my personal favorite fast food joints has to be Wendy’s (not that I go eat fast food that often I swear…) and after having tried almost every chicken product they could give me, I can vouch for the fact that nothing can taste better after a late night or a workout than the Wendy’s 4for4 with the Crispy Chicken BLT. When I tell you that I practically lived off of those in high school, there is no exaggeration. When you’re eating the sandwich part of the whole ordeal, it makes you forget about how bad it is for you (even if the aforementioned Big Mac is twice as much as this), and you get yourself lost into the mixing flavors of bacon, tomato, and crispy chicken. For the simple fact that this sandwich is such a fulfilling meal and I can go back wanting more, it is a solid 4.5 out of 5.
I’ve never really gotten into the excitement that seems to generate around Whataburger. Even though I would join my fellow students after a high school football game back in the day, I only ever ordered the Whatachick’n sandwich twice. The first time, it was relatively okay, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the wheat bun. Thus, the next time I got it and asked for a regular bun, but there was just something that was still off. No, I can’t really put my finger right on it, but from now on, I stick to the chicken tenders over the sandwich when I end up in a Whataburger. Just for the lack of experience and the innovating not helping the situation, I would give it a 2.5 out of 5. Now that I think about it, it might have been the WhataSauce that was causing the problem…
Overall, you may be wondering why no chicken sandwich had reached a perfect 5 out of 5 on my impromptu scale. Well, I hate to say that I have yet to try the perfect chicken sandwich from a fast-food chain. Sure, I have had plenty of sandwiches made from actual sit-down restaurants that I could define as a five, but I’m still waiting on a quick and easy meal that’s just as good. Who knows? Maybe when I get my chance with Popeye’s, it will
Featured image is of Sydney Rose; staff writer of Cooglife and The Daily Cougar.