Spicy chicken sandwich showdown: Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-A

Hellooo, everyone. I hope you are safe. I hope you are well and I hope you aren’t going insane from being quarantined.

I’m excited about this blog. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time for a couple reasons. First off, I love comparing and ranking things, clearly. Also, Chick-fil-A and Popeyes are two of my favorite fast food restaurants, and their respective spicy chicken sandwiches are my favorite items at said establishments.

Enough chatter, let’s get into it.

I’ll start with the classic. The OG. The spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A, which is on the right (naturally) in the poorly taken photo above. It’s simple, it’s delicious, it’s affordable. Chick-fil-A does not cut corners on quality. From the nuggets to the strips to the chicken sandwiches, the quality of the chicken is very good, especially for a fast food joint.

The chicken is seasoned nicely and the breading has a reasonable crisp. Unless you opt for the deluxe, which adds cheese, lettuce and tomato, the classic spicy chicken sandwich is finished with a few pickles and placed in a bun. And that’s it. Simple, classic and delicious.

When Popeyes announced a chicken sandwich, the food world was lit on fire. The hype was so ridiculous, people were throwing hands in Popeyes restaurants over a CHICKEN. SANDWICH. It got to the point that Popeyes temporarily removed sandwiches from the menu.

And you know what? The hype was justified.

The spicy chicken sandwich from Popeyes is wonderful. When something has that much hype, it almost can’t come close to living up to it. But it does. It is so good and has shot up onto my Mount Rushmore of fast food items.

Chick-fil-A probably has the slight edge in quality of the meat, but the Popeyes breading is so good and crispy. It has the perfect level of spice. Another point goes to Popeyes for their spicy mayo. It would still be a great sandwich without it, but that sauce is the cherry on top. Like its counterpart, the large, delectable chicken fillet is placed on a standard bun with crisp pickles.

Time for some scores. You can probably tell where this is headed. The Chick-fil-A sandwich I will rate a 7.9. It’s a good, tasty, classic sandwich that is always a safe, satisfying bet. HOWEVER, Popeyes, the newcomer in the chicken sandwich game, just does it better. I’m going 8.7. It’s a really, really good sandwich and is in elite territory. And, like I said, it immediately earned a spot on my fast food Mount Rushmore. I encourage you beautiful readers to try it for yourselves.

Thanks for tuning in. I know times are tough. The world is in a strange place right now. If reading these dumb things makes even one person smile or laugh, I tally that as a success. Take care, wash your hands, we’re gonna be alright.


Author: thrillswithjmills

Food lover located in Fargo, N.D. Chicken strip aficionado; blogger; aspiring TikTok superstar.

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