There’s a twist in this Chicken Sandwich Showdown. It’s more of a chick’n than chicken review, if you know what I’m saying.
For those of you who are in the loop with that lingo, that’s right, this is a vegetarian review.
The chicken — or chik’n — patties are vegan, but my addition of mayo to the sandwiches made them not so vegan.
Before I get into it, shoutout to Christina Palmer for the request. She makes some of the finest shakes in Fargo and Moorhead. And shoutout to any vegan or vegetarian readers out there. I’m happy to provide some content that’s a little more relatable than the norm.
But let’s dive into what’s important here, which of these frozen patties is preferred?
I prepared both the same way — eight minutes in the air fryer and placed on a bun with lettuce, dill pickles and mayo. A good, classic sandwich.
I’ll start with the Boca, the OG, per its labeling. I think this was my first time having a breaded vegan chick’n patty, so I really don’t know how this ranks among others of its kind, but it tasted fine. Texture-wise, it was similar to a standard frozen, breaded chicken patty. The breading wasn’t quite as crispy as I wanted, but the overall flavor was not bad.
The Morningstar Farms patty looked like it would be crispier, and, breaking news, it was crispier. Though similar, it featured almost a more crumbly breading. However; despite the crunchier exterior, I didn’t like the taste as much as the Boca patty. It was just a bit more on the bland side than its counterpart.
I will say, though I certainly prefer a classic chicken patty, these vegan options were not bad. If I were to put a regular frozen chicken patty next to either a Boca or a Morningstar frozen chicken patty, I don’t think it would be a landslide victory for the regular chicken. This is a viable alternative for those who have dietary restrictions but still wants something close to a chicken sandwich.
It was a close bout, but I’m putting the Morningstar patty at a 4.6 and Boca at a 4.9. You may see those scores and think “wow, those were BAD,” but that’s not the case. Were they as good as a standard chicken patty? No. But were they were a fine alternative? Absolutely. I’m not gonna throw the rest of them away; I’ll eat them at some point.
(Also, unless a restaurant really goofs, pretty much every restaurant-served chicken patty is going to be better than one found in the grocery store’s freezer aisle. It would be difficult for a store-bought patty to compete with one served in a restaurant.)
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