The Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Fast Food, Ranked (2022)

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Welcome to The Fasties, Thrillist’s third-annual fast food awards! The awards feature more than a dozen categories celebrating all the best foods that came out of drive-thru windows over the past year—from the Best Coffee Nuggets to the Best Spicy Chicken Sandwich, and many more. Check out the full list of categories and winners.

Chicken sandwiches can be a touchy topic. What type of batter works better—tight coats of seasoning and flour that shatter into oily little flecks, or popcorn-like blossoms of crackle and crunch? Does a chicken sandwich need pickles, or do tomatoes and lettuce suffice? Most importantly, which fast food chain makes the chicken sandwich to rule them all?

These are the questions that weighed on us as we set out on a quest to find the best chicken sandwich in fast food. We got our hands on chicken sandwiches from more than a dozen popular chains across the country—from Carl's Jr. to Culver's. Our rules were simple: The chicken sandwich had to be fried. It had to be similar in shape; only round buns, not squares of sliced bread or subs, were allowed. Finally, the sandwich had to have similar components to its competitors, meaning we didn't go around comparing spicy sandwiches to regular ones or smaller value menu offerings to those higher up the pecking order.

After devouring every chicken sandwich we could find at major fast food chains (sorry, Shake Shack, you're fast casual)—and definitely feeling some sodium-induced bloat—we can officially proclaim a winner and some runner ups, including a few that may surprise you.

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15. Wendy’s: Classic Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Toasted bun, dry chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise

Wendy’s. We're not angry, we're disappointed. Your prior contender, the Homestyle Chicken Sandwich, was a tragedy. And while we thought you may have learned from your previous fumbles, the new Classic Chicken Sandwich is equally sub-par. The chicken is still bone dry, with a batter that's completely forgettable. The only redeeming qualities are the addition of tart pickle chips and the same crisp lettuce that once graced the retired Homestyle sandwich. We tried to give you the benefit of the doubt by sampling the new Spicy Chicken Sandwich as well; surely, we just received a bad batch? But the spicy version was a meager step up with slightly more flavor. At more than $5 a sandwich, the whole thing feels wrong.

14. Checkers/Rally’s: Mother Cruncher Sandwich

The Build: Toasted bun, battered chicken breast, tomato, lettuce, meh pickles, and new Squawk Sauce

With a name like Mother Cruncher, we were really hoping for a life-altering bite. Checkers and Rally’s chicken sandwich, however, is average at best. The alleged “mega crunch” isn't all that crunchy, the chicken breast itself is okay, but slightly flavorless, the pickles are standard fast food pickles—pucker-inducing, but slightly shriveled—and the tomato and lettuce neither add nor detract from the overall experience. The Squawk Sauce, which comes on the Mother Cruncher, is creamy and delicious. But the sandwich itself falls flat.

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13. Arby's: Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Star cut bun, buttermilk breaded chicken fillet, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, mayonnaise

From here on out, we want to make it clear that we enjoyed all these chicken sandwiches. Some are just better than others, and that's the case for Arby's.

Arby's Crispy Chicken Sandwich isn't a revelation, but it's a solid attempt. The chicken patty is juicy and has a nice pepperiness to it, while the fresh tomatoes are plentiful and succulent. Meanwhile, the iceberg lettuce doesn't provide much of anything for the sandwich, other than a slight crunch. Our main reason for ranking this sandwich so low is the lack of sauce or mayonnaise. Though the chicken patty itself isn't dry, the sandwich as a whole was.

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This Crispy Chicken Sandwich could be improved with some pickles. Anice tang could really tie the entire sandwich together and make it feel whole. And, of course, not as dry. Again, it's a tasty sandwich—just don't expect it to leave you fist-pumping with joy at your desk or dinner table. That'd be kinda weird anyway.

12. Culver’s: Crispy Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Kaiser bun, crispy chicken patty, lettuce, tomato, and pickles

Culver’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich has some good things going for it. The batter is crispy and well-seasoned, the interior of the chicken is juicy, the pickle chips are tangy, and the Kaiser bun is fluffy. But all of this is lost beneath mealy slices of tomatoes and limp lettuce. That's excusable, but a complete lack of sauce—not even a smidge of mayonnaise—renders the sandwich completely dry and lackluster. If there were a melted slice of cheese, a squeeze of mayonnaise, or a pat of butter as Culver’s is famous for, maybe this sandwich would be bumped up a few notches.

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11. McDonald’s: Crispy Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Potato roll, crispy chicken fillet, pickles, salted butter instead of sauce

We were wondering why this sandwich didn’t have any sauce on it. Turns out, McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich is served with a pat of butter—though all of it had melted and seeped into the squishy, rather flavorless potato roll McDonald’s selected for this sandwich by the time we had our first bite. Even with the butter, the sandwich overall is spectacularly dry. We'd prefer a spread of mayonnaise or some form of aioli. We can appreciate simplicity (see Chick-fil-A later in this ranking), but we'd prefer the added flavor and juiciness a sauce could add here.

The chicken fillet doesn’t measure up to that of other contenders in the chicken sandwich arena, especially Popeyes’. Literally. It’s much smaller and thinner, though we found it to be well-seasoned. The batter isn't anything memorable and certainly doesn't taste as if it were dipped and fried in-house like Popeyes or Church’s.

10. Jack in the Box: Cluck Sandwich

The Build: Brioche bun, white meat chicken fillet, a single pickle (but I hear it’s meant to be two), mystery sauce

The first thing we noticed when we pulled Jack in the Box’s Cluck Sandwich out of its heat-preserving bag (yes, it comes in one of those thermal insulated paper bags like Chick-fil-A) is how perfect the brioche bun looked. It honestly felt like something out of a cartoon: glossy, perfectly toasted, yet still spectacularly soft. If we were ranking on buns alone, this would take the cake.

Alas, chicken is the star of the show—but the Cluck Sandwich also shouldn’t be overlooked in this department. The chicken is well-battered without being too greasy, giving way to a pleasant crunch. Inside, the breast meat is shockingly juicy. The patty marries well with the “mystery” sauce, which tastes like the love child of honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and mayonnaise.

The downsides: the Cluck is a bit smaller—and pricier—than its competitors. And in our entire sandwich, we only received one measly pickle chip.

9. Sonic Drive-In: Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Thinly breaded chicken breast, tomatoes, mayo, and a brioche bun that can barely hold in all of Sonic’s bizarrely cut lettuce

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Sonic’s vast menu is admirable. Where else can you get a double bacon cheeseburger, hefty patty melt, Footlong Quarter Pound Coney dog, and a side of jalapeño poppers—and wash it all down with a Cherry Limeade Slush? Having a crispy chicken sandwich on the menu among these more unique offerings almost seems perfunctory. At least, that’s the sentiment we detected upon tasting one.

To be clear, Sonic is great at a lot of things on top of having a delightfully expansive menu. Look no further than the awards we gave it for having the best onion rings and soft serve ice cream. Its TV commercials are consistently amusing. And don’t forget the servers on roller skates. They’re fantastic. The Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich, however, just isn’t one of those great things. This is largely due to the chicken breast and it’s thin, generic breading. The toppings don’t do much to save it (we’re looking at you, pale tomato slices). And, frankly, Sonic needs to cool it with the way it chops lettuce. Nobody wants giant, roughly hewn clumps falling onto their laps mid-sandwich. It finds some redemption in a liberal application of mayo and the warm brioche bun.

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8. Jollibee: Original Chicken Sandwich

Price: $3.99
The Build:Fried chicken fillet, spectacular umami mayo, toasted brioche bun

Bless Jollibee for this tender, juicy, and well-seasoned chicken patty with all the right fixings. The crispy fillet in of itself is excellent, thanks to a fried batter that retains a high level of crunch throughout the eating experience. The umami sauce, meanwhile, adds a show-stopping of creamy texture and savory flavor that earns this sandwich extra points—and places it above sandwiches from much bigger chains like McDonald's and Wendy's.

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7. Church’s Chicken: Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Honey butter-brushed brioche bun, fried chicken breast, pickles, mayonnaise

Church's answer to the Popeyes chicken sandwich appeared to be a mighty contender, when it hit the increasingly crowded chicken sandwich scene. We were impressed in our initial taste tests, but after subsequent tastings, we've found that it doesn't quite hold a candle to the Popeyes sandwich—or many other chicken sandwiches for that matter. That's not to say that it's bad.

The subtly sweet brioche bun, brushed with a layer of Church’s beloved honey butter and featuring an X design reminiscent of hot cross buns, is the perfect foil to the seasoned batter and tart pickle chips. A generous spread of cool mayonnaise is also there to tie it all together. The batter, garlicky and peppery, shatters upon your initial bite, revealing tender and juicy chicken breast inside.

Is it a good chicken sandwich? Hell, yes. Is it magical? Not really.

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6. Raising Cane’s: The Sandwich

The Build: Three of the chain’s damn good chicken fingers, lettuce, and, of course, some beloved Cane’s Sauce—on a big toasted bun

Thrillist’s annual fast food awards, The Fasties, named Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers the best in all of fast food in 2020. That shouldn’t be much of a shock, considering that’s basically all the chain serves besides crinkle-cut fries and Texas toast. The fingers are shockingly tender and covered in a crispy, non-greasy batter that falls in the sweet spot between the flaky kind you’d get from a fried chicken chain like KFC and the typically thinner fast food batter you’re used to from, say, Chick-fil-A. Seasoned with just salt and pepper, they’re exemplary. That’s why we were so excited to put Raising Cane’s chicken sandwich, which is made with three of its Chicken Fingers, to the test.

Given all of the above, we went into tasting the sandwich with high expectations, and, well, we were not disappointed. The Raising Cane’s sandwich is sizable—built on a toasted bun that's big enough to house all three fingers and thick enough to hold together with each bite. The fingers, of course, are a delight, with the kick of pepper shining brightly among the other ingredients. However, the little lettuce present is sad and adds nothing in the way of flavor or texture. You might as well remove it.

Just a few bites in, it becomes clear that Raising Cane’s relies on its category-leading fingers and Cane’s Sauce to do all the hard work in the absence of other ingredients, like tomatoes or pickles. And they do to an extent. The fingers achieve this well, while the sauce doesn’t quite carry the overall package to the high bar set by others in this category. It needs more, like pickles. Hell, maybe even some of its creamy coleslaw (available in combos), would do the trick.

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5. Chick-fil-A: Original Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Buttered bun, boneless chicken breast, two very small pickles

We understand the hype around Chick-fil-A and its decidedly simple fried chicken sandwich. It's a great chicken sandwich. But unlike many other chicken sandwich enthusiasts out there, we're not comfortable with claiming that it's the best in the game.

Here’s the good: The chicken itself is gloriously juicy, with a light, well-seasoned batter. We like the idea of customizing this no-frills chicken sandwich with the myriad of sauces offered—and Chick-fil-A sauce is undoubtedly delicious. The two pickle chips pressed between the chicken and bottom bun provide some appreciated acidity.

But here’s the bad: The chicken batter is almost always soggy, as is the bun. The sandwich steams within the confines of its foil bag, rendering it soft all over and borderline wet on the outside. And yet, the interior of this sandwich is surprisingly dry without a dousing of the aforementioned sauce. Theflavor of the pickles is respectable, but they're the smallest pickle chips of any of the sandwiches—easily devoured within a bite and a half.

If this were purely a judgment based on the piece of fried chicken alone, then perhaps Chick-fil-A could have gone for the bronze. But since we’re discussing chicken sandwiches, we have to note that not all the components worked.

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4. Bojangles: Bo's Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Juicy chicken with a crispy coating, creamy may, a couple of thick-cut pickles, all on a buttered bun

If you've ever experienced the delights of Bojangles' cajun fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, then you don't even have to eat one of its fried chicken sandwiches to know that its delicious. But you should absolutely eat one. Or eight. It's one of the best your money can buy.

Like many of the top-ranking chicken sandwiches on this list, it's a simple one that follows the traditional southern fried chicken sandwich playbook. When your chicken as well-seasoned, flavorful, and crispy as Bojangles, you don't need a bunch of toppings to lean on for help. So, the pickles and mayo on this sandwich end up being bonuses; extra layers of goodness that take the overall package to the next level.

Next time you find yourself in the South or otherwise near a Bojangles outpost, don't miss this sandwich. We will find out. And shame you forever.

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3. KFC: KFC Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Brioche bun, fried chicken breast, pickles, mayonnaise

KFC's previous crack at a fried chicken sandwich, the Crispy Colonel, was merely solid, not exceptional. So, when the chain unleashed the all-new KFC Chicken Sandwich in early 2021, it arrived to somewhat low expectations and the extremely high bar set by Popeyes. How could it defy the former and, at the very least, get near the latter? The colonel found a way.

The sandwich is blessed with a generous slather of mayo that made its way into every bite, leaving no part of the sandwich too dry. The chicken itself has that unique flavor characteristic of KFC's standard fried chicken offerings, likely thanks to its famous 11 herbs and spices. While the meat isn't as inexplicably juicy as the top two sandwiches we tasted, it's decidedly moist and tender with an above-average amount of crunch that holds up through most of the eating experience. However, it suffers from the same downfall as its predecessor: the whole thing is a tad too salty—even by fast food fried chicken standards. Meanwhile, the pickles are an absolute delight (how could they not be, just look at them), though they're certainly guilty of adding to the overall saltiness. As for the brioche bun, well... we can't find a single fault. It's a fantastic vessel.

Did KFC manage to one-up Popeyes? No. But nobody really expected it to anyway, right? But it meeting Popeyes and other rivals at the frontlines of the chicken wars, it put out a damn-good chicken sandwich. Easily among the best you can get.

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2. Popeyes:Chicken Sandwich

The Build: Brioche bun, a hefty piece of buttermilk battered chicken, huge pickles, mayonnaise

This is it. The chicken sandwich that changed the game. The one that upended fast food and left every other chain scrambling to somehow catch up... even though the race had already been won. Hell, even to this day, fast food chains continue to launch their own new and improved chicken sandwiches to take a bite out of Popeyes' success, but only one has managed to best it—and only by a paper-thin margin (keep reading to find out who).

This legendary menu item has everything you'd want and expect from a classic fried chicken sandwich, and—get this—at one of the lowest prices in the pack.The sandwich's balance of crunchy buttermilk batter; cloud-like and sweet brioche bun; and crisp, tangy pickles come together like a symphony of fat, salt, and zest. The mayonnaise is velvety, while the two sizable pickles fill the surface area of the bottom bun, ensuring a kick of vinegar in every bite. The glorious chicken breast—the center of it all—has the perfect amount of salt, spice, and seasonings in one of the crunchiest batters of all the chicken sandwiches we ate, while still maintaining a juicy, succulent interior.

It's an awe-inspiring chicken sandwich.There's a reason why Popeyes wasselling out of the sandwich left and rightat first. It may no longer top this ranking, but the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich will forever be a fast food icon.

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1. Burger King: Ch’King Sandwich

The build:Extra-crispy chicken, thick crinkle-cut pickles, signature sauce, potato bun (!)

When Burger King finally launched its updated chicken sandwich, aptly dubbed the Ch'King, in mid-2021, it was late to the game. But clearly, the King was spending all that extra time perfecting it. No, really. This sandwich is damn-near flawless.

It's so good that we're going to go so far as to say that it's the only fast food chicken sandwich that bests that of Popeyes. We repeat: Burger King's Ch'King sandwich is better than Popeyes' game-changing Chicken Sandwich. But only by a hair.

Burger King’s crispy chicken fillet is a substantial piece of chicken, with the most perfect golden-brown hue to it that's—dare we say it—a bit more visually appealing than Popeyes'. The crunch you get with every bite is perfect and lasts noticeably longer than what you get from the Louisiana-style chain. The chicken itself is the definition of juicy, a marvel of fast food engineering. The potato bun—and its sweet, buttery softness—elevates the entire sandwich and, frankly, sets this thing above the rest. The generous smear of mayo-based sauce adds a creamy note to the lean chicken while foiling the fried, greasy notes with its slight acidity. The thick, crinkle-cut pickles add to the tang and send the whole thing over the edge, leaving you wondering, How in the world is this chicken sandwich from Burger King?

Well, that shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering Burger King and Popeyes are owned by the same company, Restaurant Brands International. They're clearly sharing some research and development secrets behind the scenes. And you know what? That's fine by us. The more insanely great chicken sandwiches to choose from, the better.

Sure, the Ch'King is almost certainly based on the successes of the Popeyes sandwich, but it can proudly stand on its own. Right here at the top.

Fast Food Fried Chicken Sandwich FAQ

When did Popeyes first introduce its game-changing fried chicken sandwich?
Although Popeyes wasn’t the first fast food chain to sell fried chicken sandwiches, it’s safe to say its entry was the most memorable. The Louisiana-style chain first released its fried chicken sandwich on August 12, 2019. The sandwiches quickly drew a viral following, causing supply shortages that prompted their suspension from the menu for over two months. They reappeared on November 3, 2019 to coincide with National Sandwich Day.

Which fast food chain takes credit for inventing the fried chicken sandwich? And when did it happen?
Chick-fil-A frequently credits its founder, S. Truett Cathy, with inventing the fried chicken sandwich in the 1940s and bringing it to mass-market audiences in the 1960s. But while he can certainly be credited with successfully doing the latter, his claim to the former is unsubstantiated.

Does Taco Bell serve a fried chicken sandwich taco?
Taco Bell wasn’t content to sit on the sidelines just because its cuisine doesn’t typically include fried chicken. The chain introduced its Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco in August 2021 featuring a jalapeño buttermilk marinade and a tortilla chip coating wrapped in a puffy flatbread shell. It was a limited-time menu item, however, and isn’t currently available, although the chain’s Cantina Crispy Chicken Taco released in 2022 hits many of the same notes.

When is National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day?
Fast food lovers and home chefs alike celebrate National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day each November 9. That’s not to be confused with National Fried Chicken Day, which falls on July 6 each year.

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Which fast food chain makes the best spicy chicken sandwich?
The fast food fried chicken sandwich competition is fierce. But the competition for the best spicy chicken sandwich in fast food is, well, even hotter. Not only do you need to create a delicious overall chicken sandwich to serve as a strong foundation, you also have to infuse it with a delightful kick of heat that will please the masses. Who does it best? Check out our ranking of the best spicy chicken sandwiches.

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FAQs

The Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Fast Food, Ranked? ›

The Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches in Fast Food, Ranked
  • Wendy's: Classic Chicken Sandwich. ...
  • Checkers/Rally's: Mother Cruncher Sandwich. ...
  • Arby's: Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich. ...
  • Culver's: Crispy Chicken Sandwich. ...
  • McDonald's: Crispy Chicken Sandwich. ...
  • Jack in the Box: Cluck Sandwich. ...
  • Sonic Drive-In: Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
Apr 19, 2022

Who makes the most popular chicken sandwich? ›

Sales leveled off soon after, and Chick-fil-A has held the top spot ever since. It fulfills about 45% of all online chicken sandwich orders among the top chains.

What is the best chicken sandwich from Wendy's? ›

As we have said, the homestyle chicken sandwich is one of the best options that Wendy's offers. But, if you prefer something a little spicier, then you will love the 'Spicy Chicken Sandwich'.

Is Popeyes or KFC better? ›

While Popeyes does consistently delivery stronger flavors, if you prefer the simpler flavors of KFC, there isn't too much difference in price. Overall, two restaurants are similarly priced and you can expect the same value from both, so we're calling this one a tie.

What chicken sandwich is better Popeyes or Chick-fil-A? ›

Now, we know that Chick-fil-A has been America's favorite fast-food chain for years and has been leading the fast-food chicken sandwich game for decades, but the Popeyes chicken sandwich still manages to stand out with its buttery brioche buns encasing crispy chicken, and customers are enjoying the sweeter flavor.

What is the famous chicken sandwich? ›

The KFC Famous Chicken Chicken Sandwich is made with 100 per cent Canadian farm raised chicken; it is buttermilk marinated and hand breaded in KFC's famous Extra Crispy seasoning, and is then topped with sweet chunky pickles, creamy mayonnaise and sandwiched between a lightly toasted potato bun.

Is Burger King crispy chicken sandwich real chicken? ›

Our Crispy Sandwich is made with 100% white meat chicken filet, seasoned and breaded and carefully layered with fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, and creamy mayonnaise on a potato bun.

Which is better Popeyes or Zaxby's? ›

Popeyes vs Zaxbys Chicken Sandwich Taste Test - YouTube

Is Arby's chicken sandwich good? ›

Some are just better than others, and that's the case for Arby's. Arby's Crispy Chicken Sandwich isn't a revelation, but it's a solid attempt. The chicken patty is juicy and has a nice pepperiness to it, while the fresh tomatoes are plentiful and succulent.

Who has the new chicken sandwich? ›

Enter Wendy's new hot honey chicken sandwich. The sandwich includes an all-white meat chicken breast, melted Pepper Jack cheese, three strips of Applewood smoked bacon and crispy pickle chips. It's topped with hot honey and served on a premium bun.

Who is winning the chicken sandwich war? ›

There's One Clear Winner in the Chicken Sandwich War, But Is It the Best? San Angelo, TX – The Chicken Sandwich War is being won by Popeye's Chicken and McDonald's according to surveys conducted in 2021.

Is Wendy's crispy chicken sandwich good? ›

The lettuce and tomato were fresh-tasting and crisp, the sauce was tasty and not overdone, the chicken was plentiful, and the bun was delicious. While Wendy's Crispy Fried Chicken did have lettuce, tomato, and pickles, it simply didn't compete with the flavors offered by Burger King's offering.

Are Wendy's chicken sandwiches real chicken? ›

Watch This Before You Eat Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich Again

Is Wendy's or Mcdonalds better? ›

But Wendy's excels through its simplicity and consistency: it has better patties, fresher toppings, more reliable fries, and chili that passes for homemade. But there are going to be people who prefer the McDonald's burger, and that's alright too.

Who has the healthiest fried chicken? ›

1. Church's Chicken Original Leg: “This has fewest calories and is the most 'naturally-occurring' product on the list, meaning the leg isn't overly-adulterated, except with the addition of some flour and a lot of salt,” Hunnes explains.

What oil does KFC use to fry? ›

No, Kentucky Fried Chicken does not use peanut oil. They are dedicated to being able to offer food for as many consumers as possible by looking to avoid a few of the most common food allergies, including peanuts. Instead, the fast-food chain uses canola oil and hydrogenated soybean oil.

Is Chick-fil-A or KFC better? ›

Our KFC sandwich weighed 90% more than Chick-fil-A but officially has only 50% more calories. The KFC sandwich is fattier than Chick-fil-A, and because fat contains more calories that protein and carbs, it's tempting to conclude that our sandwiches didn't match the official calorie count.

Which is healthier Popeyes or Chick-fil-A? ›

While neither sandwich should be considered healthy, Popeyes' appears to be the bigger nutrition bomb, clocking in at 690 calories versus Chick-fil-A's 440 calories. KFC also released a new item that quickly sold out: a plant-based chicken from Beyond Meat.

Which is better Chick-fil-A or McDonald's? ›

Chick-fil-A was Rated the Top Fast-Food Restaurant Once Again. What's the Appeal? The results are in and Chick-fil-A wins big (again) with a score of 83, and McDonald's pulls in last, scoring 70, according to findings recently released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI).

Which is cheaper Chick-fil-A or Popeyes? ›

They're similar in price: Popeyes is $3.99; Chick-fil-A is $4.29. So how could one be so much better than the other?

Which is the best KFC sandwich? ›

KFC Crispy Colonel Sandwich

The Crispy Colonel Sandwich is fantastic by all possible measures — starting with its size. This thing is big enough to fill you up completely.

What is the name of the new KFC chicken sandwich? ›

KFC's giant, nearly three-foot Chicken Sandwich Snuggler features a realistic looking double-breaded, Extra Crispy™ chicken breast filet, buttery brioche bun, thick pickles, and the perfect amount of Colonel's real mayo.

What is the famous chicken sandwich at KFC? ›

Triple breaded, 100% Canadian, buttermilk marinated chicken fillet, drizzled with buttery garlic oil, 3 sweet pickles, and double mayo on a potato bun.

How good is Burger King crispy chicken sandwich? ›

The savory sauce, the spicy glaze, the wide pickles—BK hits all the right notes with its toppings. But where it really shines and impresses is with the chicken. It's as juicy as a fast food white meat filet can be and its breading is shockingly crunchy, coming from a burger chain.

What is Mcdonald's new chicken sandwich? ›

Meet the Crispy Chicken Sandwich

It's CrispyJuicyTender, a new word to describe a different kind of delicious—with our crispy chicken fillet made with all-white meat, crinkle-cut pickles and buttered potato roll—did we mention it's delicious?

What happened to Burger King's crispy chicken sandwich? ›

CNN Business notes that the fast food chain chose to rebrand its sandwich creation, opting for the Ch'King moniker over the original Hand-breaded Crispy Chicken Sandwich. When you visit the restaurant, you have four options of the Ch'King Sandwich at your disposal.

What fast-food chicken is the healthiest? ›

1. KFC Chicken Littles. No matter which beloved comedian is dressed up like the Colonel lately, the nutritional facts on the healthiest fast-food chicken sandwich are staying the same: fewest calories than any other sandwich (310), fewest grams of saturated fat (3), and fewest milligrams of sodium (590).

Does Popeyes still have rip n chicken? ›

Popeyes® RIP'N CHICKEN™ BIG BOX 2021 Review - YouTube

Is the Shake Shack chicken sandwich good? ›

While Shake Shack will always be known primarily for their burgers, the Chick'n Shack itself makes this restaurant worth a visit. It's not the best chicken sandwich you can find anywhere, but you won't be unsatisfied with the quality.

What is the best meal to get at mcdonalds? ›

Best McDonald's Menu Items
  • Filet-o-fish.
  • McRib.
  • Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
  • Baked Apple Pie.
  • Egg McMuffin.
  • Happy Meal.
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
  • Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich.
May 12, 2022

What is the most popular sandwich at Arby's? ›

The Classic Roast Beef sandwich is the best-selling item on Arby's menu — and that's not much of a surprise at all. Arby's is known for its roast beef and getting this sandwich is the most straightforward way to acquire their roast beef.

Why is the Popeyes chicken sandwich so good? ›

Popeyes uses a "buttery brioche bun" for its sandwich, according to Reader's Digest. This goes against the standard bun of most fast food chicken sandwiches and helps to give the bread a slightly sweeter flavor.

What chicken sandwich is everyone talking about? ›

If you've been living under a rock the past 24 hours you've probably missed out that Popeyes has a New Chicken Sandwich but don't rush out to grab one just yet. It's pretty much sold out EVERYWHERE. What is this? Yes, Everyone is Talking About Popeyes New Chicken Sandwich and How it's Basically Heaven in a Bun.

Is Mcdonald's chicken sandwich real chicken? ›

First, there's the chicken fillet, made with all-white meat. It's the exact same kind of chicken fillet you'd buy from the grocery store to prepare at home. The fillet on our Crispy Chicken Sandwich is so thick and juicy, it earns its place as the star of the sandwich (we're talking a perfect bread-to-meat ratio).

Why are so many fast food places making chicken sandwiches? ›

The answer to why so many chains are making chicken sandwiches right now appears to be simple: supply and demand. Customers want the very best fast-food chicken sandwich, so every chain is vying to make it — or at least something close enough to what fans already like from other chains.

Is Arby's chicken sandwich good? ›

Some are just better than others, and that's the case for Arby's. Arby's Crispy Chicken Sandwich isn't a revelation, but it's a solid attempt. The chicken patty is juicy and has a nice pepperiness to it, while the fresh tomatoes are plentiful and succulent.

Is CH King sandwich good? ›

Overall, Burger King's Ch'King Sandwich makes for an excellent fried chicken sandwich. The quality and size of the fried chicken filet is really, really good (although I think I might have lucked out on the king of Ch'King filets on this visit but I've had the Spicy Ch'King before and it was also really nice).

Is Burger King crispy chicken sandwich real chicken? ›

Our Crispy Sandwich is made with 100% white meat chicken filet, seasoned and breaded and carefully layered with fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, and creamy mayonnaise on a potato bun.

Is Wendy's chicken sandwich healthy? ›

Wendy's: Better Bet

Wendy's Grilled Chicken Sandwich boasts only 350 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, and 850 milligrams of sodium. This simple yet satisfying sandwich of grilled chicken, lettuce, and tomato adds tangy honey mustard instead of high-fat mayo -- for a dietitian's delight.

What is the best meal to get at mcdonalds? ›

Best McDonald's Menu Items
  • Filet-o-fish.
  • McRib.
  • Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
  • Baked Apple Pie.
  • Egg McMuffin.
  • Happy Meal.
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
  • Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich.
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Is Wendys new chicken sandwich good? ›

Wendy's NEW Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich Review! - YouTube

What is the most popular sandwich at Arby's? ›

The Classic Roast Beef sandwich is the best-selling item on Arby's menu — and that's not much of a surprise at all. Arby's is known for its roast beef and getting this sandwich is the most straightforward way to acquire their roast beef.

Is Burger King Original Chicken Sandwich real chicken? ›

Burger King® ORIGINAL CHICKEN SANDWICH 2020 Review - YouTube

Is Burger King spicy chicken sandwich good? ›

Burger King Spicy Ch'King vs Popeyes Spicy Chicken - YouTube

What sauce is on spicy CH King? ›

The glaze/coating presented a novel contrast to the spicy mayo-based sauce that most fast food competitors seem to be going with. The Signature Sauce tasted like a lightly-sweetened mix of mustard and mayo that added just a hint of extra flavor and richness to the proceedings.

Who has the new chicken sandwich? ›

Enter Wendy's new hot honey chicken sandwich. The sandwich includes an all-white meat chicken breast, melted Pepper Jack cheese, three strips of Applewood smoked bacon and crispy pickle chips. It's topped with hot honey and served on a premium bun.

How good is Burger King crispy chicken sandwich? ›

The savory sauce, the spicy glaze, the wide pickles—BK hits all the right notes with its toppings. But where it really shines and impresses is with the chicken. It's as juicy as a fast food white meat filet can be and its breading is shockingly crunchy, coming from a burger chain.

What is Mcdonald's new chicken sandwich? ›

Meet the Crispy Chicken Sandwich

It's CrispyJuicyTender, a new word to describe a different kind of delicious—with our crispy chicken fillet made with all-white meat, crinkle-cut pickles and buttered potato roll—did we mention it's delicious?

Who has the healthiest fried chicken? ›

1. Church's Chicken Original Leg: “This has fewest calories and is the most 'naturally-occurring' product on the list, meaning the leg isn't overly-adulterated, except with the addition of some flour and a lot of salt,” Hunnes explains.

Which is healthier Popeyes or Wendys? ›

Wendy's wasn't even in the running. Nutrition-wise, nearly all the sandwiches' fat and sodium counts were high. But fat-wise, Popeyes has 42 grams — nearly twice the amount of all others — and the highest amount of saturated fat at 14 grams. But it is, after all, a fried chicken sandwich.

Which is better Chick-Fil-A or Wendys? ›

Chick-fil-A has a negative social sentiment, when analyzing social media channels and online mentions. Wendy's's brand is ranked #- in the list of Global Top 1000 Brands, as rated by customers of Wendy's.
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But otherwise, this is a damn fine double-hand breaded fried chicken sandwich (shout out to the crispiness around the edges of this massive sandwich, too).. CarlHow is it that an establishment that has such good chicken tenders could have such bad chicken sandwiches?. The BK Crispy Chicken Sandwich is served on a soft and light potato bun, which is good, because each bite never feels too bready, which allows you to focus on the chicken.. Jack in the BoxJack in the Box has a few iterations of their chicken sandwich but it doesn’t get more exciting than the Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club.. Ask for the Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club with the Spicy chicken patty and the sandwich becomes significantly better thanks to a blend of garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and Jack in the Box’s crispy spicy batter.. McDonaldMcDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich comes in three form factors: The Crispy, which consists of little more than a fried chicken filet and thick-cut pickles, the Spicy, which is built the same as the Crispy but features a spicy cayenne pepper spread, and the Deluxe, which ditches the pickles for tomatoes and lettuce.. Raising CanesRaising Cane’s could have one of the best chicken sandwiches in the game, but they’ve decided that all they make is chicken tenders, and that’s all they’ll ever make.. WendyAll of Wendy’s chicken sandwiches are delicious, but my favorite is the Asiago Ranch Chicken Club, which is served up with Asiago cheese and bacon.. When I set out to make this ranking I was ready to give this sandwich the number one spot, it was only after tasting each sandwich that I had to recognize that while this sandwich is good, and is sometimes my favorite, it’s a good distance away from being “the best.”. ChurchClearly inspired by Popeyes chicken sandwich, Church’s chicken sandwich comes incredibly close to the real thing.

Does a chicken sandwich need pickles, or do tomatoes and lettuce suffice?. Turns out, McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich is served with a pat of butter—though all of it had melted and seeped into the squishy, rather flavorless potato roll McDonald’s selected for this sandwich by the time we had our first bite.. The chicken fillet doesn’t measure up to that of other contenders in the chicken sandwich arena, especially Popeyes’.. Church's answer to the Popeyes chicken sandwich appeared to be a mighty contender, when it hit the increasingly crowded chicken sandwich scene.. That’s why we were so excited to put Raising Cane’s chicken sandwich, which is made with three of its Chicken Fingers, to the test.. If you've ever experienced the delights of Bojangles' cajun fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits, then you don't even have to eat one of its fried chicken sandwiches to know that its delicious.. Like many of the top-ranking chicken sandwiches on this list, it's a simple one that follows the traditional southern fried chicken sandwich playbook.. But it meeting Popeyes and other rivals at the frontlines of the chicken wars, it put out a damn-good chicken sandwich.. Hell, even to this day, fast food chains continue to launch their own new and improved chicken sandwiches to take a bite out of Popeyes' success, but only one has managed to best it—and only by a paper-thin margin (keep reading to find out who).. This legendary menu item has everything you'd want and expect from a classic fried chicken sandwich, and—get this—at one of the lowest prices in the pack.The sandwich's balance of crunchy buttermilk batter; cloud-like and sweet brioche bun; and crisp, tangy pickles come together like a symphony of fat, salt, and zest.. The glorious chicken breast—the center of it all—has the perfect amount of salt, spice, and seasonings in one of the crunchiest batters of all the chicken sandwiches we ate, while still maintaining a juicy, succulent interior.. It may no longer top this ranking, but the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich will forever be a fast food icon.. We repeat: Burger King's Ch'King sandwich is better than Popeyes' game-changing Chicken Sandwich.. Although Popeyes wasn’t the first fast food chain to sell fried chicken sandwiches, it’s safe to say its entry was the most memorable.. Which fast food chain takes credit for inventing the fried chicken sandwich?

It’s still a bit strange to eat chicken patties formed into rings, but at least the bun is soft and petite.. Because Burger King hasn’t updated its fried chicken sandwich lineup in years, the chain has fallen far behind.. Spicy Crispy Chicken sandwich at Burger King. Crispy Chicken Sandwich at McDonald’s. Because that has changed, this offering doesn’t stand out as much.. I do prefer the spicy version, thanks to the kick it gives each bite, but the classic is not a bad place to start.. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Popeyes

To be clear, most fast food and fast casual joints have been offering chicken-based sandwiches for decades, but many have stepped up their game since 2019 by focusing on four basic components: thick and juicy breaded chicken breast, pickles, mayo and/or spicy sauce, and a pillowy brioche bun.. Judging on those attributes, The Takeout has reviewed the major players’ new chicken sandwiches one by one.. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco features a puffy bread folded around a spicy chicken tender with creamy chipotle sauce and jalapeno slices.. That focus on poultry ends up being this sandwich’s strength: the chicken breast is ultra-thick, juicy, tender, and flavorful even without the assistance of breading and toppings.. Yes, there are pickles.. The chicken is both crispy and juicy.. But the Zax Sauce, a species of fast food salmon-colored sauce, lets it down.. The fast food juggernaut released its chicken sandwich in three different forms: Regular (pickles), Spicy (pickles and spicy pepper sauce), and Deluxe (lettuce, tomato, mayo).. The spicy pepper sauce is satisfyingly PG-13 in its burn levels, but it’s a bit of a Goldilocks situation: too much hot sauce drowns out the other components.. But you’ll want to make sure to get some pickles on that thing.. While many chicken sandwiches try to distract you with their bells and whistles, the three sandwiches in the Jollibee lineup—Original Chicken, Spicy Chicken, and Spicy Chicken Deluxe—all feature a chicken breast that nails the basics.. Whatever the case, it’s still undefeated in the fast food chicken sandwich arena.

They are just chicken patties shaped into rings, and they taste slightly less good than White Castle's other option.. 13: Spicy Crispy Chicken sandwich at Burger King. Of all the spicy fried chicken sandwiches I tried, none came anywhere near the spice level of Wendy's spicy chicken sandwich.. Plus, instead of boring mayo, the sandwich gets a liberal drizzle of Cane's sauce, the restaurant's own tangy, spicy concoction.. 3: Chicken Sandwich at Chick-fil-A. The white meat chicken is always tender and juicy, and the bun is always steamed until soft and pillowy.. While the pickles are small, the sandwich is blessedly free of mayonnaise and iceberg lettuce.. 2: Fried Chicken Sandwich at Popeyes. Shake Shack's offering had the crackliest crust, the juiciest meat and the best toppings.

The crispy chicken competition has even spread from the fast food arena into the world of fast casual chains, a whole other league of chicken sandwich to consider and, as we are wont to do, rank.. We all know who makes the best fried chicken sandwich in fast food .. To determine the absolute best fast casual fried chicken sandwich, we activated our fast casual experts around the country to hit each major chain.. In the increasingly competitive chicken sandwich wars, this one looked like a real contender once we opened the box to reveal a plump, golden-brown fried chicken breast poking through the rest of the ingredients.. This California-based regional chain's version of a crispy chicken sandwich places a sizable chicken breast—complete with a crunchy breading that gives way to a plump and juicy interior—on a sponge-dough buns, plus shredded lettuce, tomato, and mayo.. Six years later, the Chick'n Shack has long since earned a secure position among the top fried chicken sandwiches available from a chain restaurant, fast casual or otherwise.. The cultural moment of the chicken sandwich was still far off, and so the spicy fried chicken sandwich Fuku offered up existed in a league of its own.. Fast forward to 2022, and there’s now so many options we at Thrillist have had to divide our Fasties ranking into fast food and fast casual chicken sandwiches.. Which fast food chain has the best fried chicken sandwich?. At this point, it seems like just about every major fast food chain has released new and improved fried chicken sandwiches to better compete against that of Popeyes.. We went there—and settled the fast food chicken wars—in our ranking of the best fast food fried chicken sandwiches .. Which fast food chain has the best spicy chicken sandwich?. Thankfully, there are plenty of spicy chicken sandwiches out there to put to the test, and we found the absolute best one in our ranking of the best spicy chicken sandwiches .

McDonald’s came out with their Crispy Chicken Sandwich in 2020 , and it sells for $4.49.. It’s served on a toasted bun with sliced pickles, but without mayonnaise or other sauce.. Again, we felt this sandwich was a bit overcooked and lacked moisture.. The Culver’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich sells for $4.29.. Even before taking a bite, we appreciated this sandwich being served in a box rather than a bag because it helped protect the bun and kept the sandwich from being crushed in transport.. Bottom Line: The fresh vegetables were a nice contrast to the fried chicken in this sandwich, but the balance of veggies to chicken just felt distracting.. Culver’s did, however, do a lot better in our best fast-food burger taste test.. For $5.39, Wendy’s sells their Classic Chicken Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and pickles on a toasted bun.. The chicken patty was on the thinner side, but the balance with the veggies helped the chicken shine through.. Bottom Line: Wendy’s sells a solid chicken sandwich, and we are excited to try other flavors in the future.. A few more tweaks to their recipe and they could be a real contender in the chicken-sandwich game.

After Popeyes dominated the summer with its own fried chicken sandwich, we say the more chicken, the merrier!. Photo Courtesy: Checkingfax/Wikimedia CommonsThe main problem with this sandwich is that the promise of a buttermilk fried piece of chicken should have a rich, creamy flavor with each crunchy bite.. Jack in the Box promises to lure you into flavor country with Jack’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, but this sandwich only takes you to the desert.. Photo Courtesy: Whataburger.comThe filet is fine, but the wheat bun takes the fun out of eating of a fried chicken sandwich.. Photo Courtesy: chestersinternational.comThe Chester Breaster sandwich bills itself as a “juicy boneless breast of chicken specially marinated, double hand-breaded, fried and served with lettuce & mayo on a sesame seed bun.” But if you ask the neighbors, it’s a dry, dull sandwich.. Photo Courtesy: @ChurchsChicken/TwitterThe only trouble with eating Church’s fried chicken is that the chicken is too juicy .. Photo Courtesy: @tamsam07/TwitterIt’s the bare minimum, but it’s also the top-selling fried chicken sandwich in the country.. Their crispy, buttermilk-battered and hand-breaded white meat chicken with pickles and spicy Cajun spread is a zesty, flavorful take on fried chicken sandos across the country.

No grilled sandwiches are in this test either—crispy (NOT fried) chicken sandwiches only.. Luke Gralia / Eat This, Not That!I've always found Shake Shack's burgers and fries overrated, so I didn't exactly have high expectations for their chicken.. Luke Gralia / Eat This, Not That!This is Burger King's basic chicken sandwich.. Luke Gralia / Eat This, Not That!Wendy's basic chicken sandwich was the cheapest one on the list, coming in at just $1.59, and in Midtown Manhattan, no less.. Luke Gralia / Eat This, Not That!Burger King's latest chicken creation is pretty similar to McDonald's.. This was the only spicy sandwich without spicy mayo, but it did have a noticeable and enjoyable spicy seasoning on the chicken.. Luke Gralia / Eat This, Not That!This sandwich was overflowing with toppings, stacked with lettuce, tomato, and pickles.. Luke Gralia / Eat This, Not That!KFC is very clearly trying to replicate Popeyes' sandwich, from the chicken to the sauce.. I'm not the biggest fan of KFC's chicken, but nonetheless, this is a pretty good sandwich.. Luke Gralia / Eat This, Not That!The self-proclaimed original chicken sandwich still has magic the others have been unable to capture.. Luke Gralia / Eat This, Not That!This is hands-down not just the best chicken sandwich, but the best fast-food item available right now.

Another classic fast food chicken sandwich is the Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich.. Raising Cane’s Chicken Sandwich is your answer, combining the two options with three chicken fingers sandwiched in between a kaiser roll and topped with lettuce and Cane’s Sauce.. We almost feel guilty for placing the Wendy’s Chicken Sandwich a few ranks below its spicy chicken counterpart.. Nobody goes to Arby’s for their chicken sandwich, but if you ever get tired of the same ole roast beef sandwich, opt for the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich.. Whataburger’s chicken sandwich is a refreshing change that looks nothing like the rest of the sandwiches on our list.. It a world full of fried chicken and globs of mayo, BurgerFi is our saving grace with its Grilled Chicken Sandwich.. In fact, it’s almost as if the restaurant is admitting to its sub-par-ness, describing the Chicken Sandwich as a “breaded chicken patty, real mayonnaise, and lettuce, all on a regular bun.” Glad to know we’re not eating fake mayo on an extraordinary bun.

While many fast-food chains were inspired by Popeye's now-iconic chicken sandwich, it seemed that McDonald's actually decided to take a page out of Chick-fil-A's book when approaching their own take.. The chicken can also be a bit small, as well as dry, which isn't helped by the use of butter on the sandwich rather than a sauce.. (via McDonald's) Arby's tends to march to the beat of its own drum, so its chicken sandwich doesn't really resemble any of the others on this list.. (via Arby's) KFC's Chicken Sandwich has most of the makings of a great chicken sandwich.. The downside is that, while the KFC website says this sandwich makes use of a chicken breast, whenever we order it locally, we get chicken strips inside, instead.. (via KFC) Chick-fil-A really doesn't follow the rules when it comes to their chicken sandwich, but maybe that's why it hits the spot so perfectly when you're in the mood for it.. (via Chick-fil-A) When we think of Jack in the Box and chicken sandwiches, we tend to imagine the sad breaded patty of ground chicken and wilting, soggy lettuce you used to be able to get for a buck.. With its soft brioche bun, a pretty juicy chicken breast and its crisp batter, this one's surprisingly great, especially with its pickles, and a secret sauce strangely reminiscent of Chick-fil-A Sauce.. While a lot of other sandwiches don't benefit much from the addition of veggies, we think the pickles with the fresh tomato and lettuce in this one all bring out the best in the chicken, especially paired with a generous amount of mayo.. The chicken itself is huge, crispy and tender, and served on a slightly sweet potato bun that works beautifully with the chicken.. (via Burger King) But Popeye's is the fast-food restaurant that really turned the chicken sandwich into a hot trend, and they're still the best of the best.

The ironic thing about the chicken sandwich is everything that makes it great has nothing to do with the chicken itself; it’s the spice blend, it’s the breading, and the perfect combination of bun-to-patty ratio that makes it all worthwhile.. By now, most fast food chains capitalized on the chicken craze, with plenty offering some form of a breaded chicken sandwich on their menu.. They might take some flack for their flattened-football-shaped chicken patty, but Burger King makes a respectable chicken sandwich.. The Junior Chicken is the superior choice when it comes to McDonald’s chicken sandwiches, which might explain why the United States version of the McChicken is the Canadian Junior Chicken Sandwich.. Here’s a McDonald’s chicken hack; order two junior chicken sandwiches (which costs less than ordering a McChicken sandwich), double up the patties on one bun and call it a day.. A&W has a reputation for their burger family, but don’t sleep on their chicken sandwich (not literally — that would be weird and would ruin a decent chicken sandwich.). The Chubby Chicken sandwich is where it’s at; the iceberg lettuce is crisp, the bun is lightly toasted, and the chicken flavour is on-point.

390 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 970 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (1 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 29 g protein. Chick-fil-A/Yelp320 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 680 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (4 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 28 g protein. 680 calories, 36 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,430 mg sodium, 56 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 33 g protein. 660 calories, 40 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,170 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (2 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 28 g protein. 600 calories, 29 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 980 mg sodium, 58 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 27 g protein. 510 calories, 25 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,230 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (4 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 24 g protein. 550 calories, 30 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 870 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (4 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 21 g protein. 550 calories, 28 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 980 mg sodium, 49 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 25 g protein. 451.8 calories, 30.1 g fat (5.2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 780.5 mg sodium, 33.9 g carbs (1.7 g fiber, 4.6 g sugar), 11.6 g protein. 440 calories, 22 g fat (3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 910 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 19 g protein. Per mini sandwich: 300 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 620 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 14 g protein. Chick-fil-A/Yelp 440 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,400 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (1 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 29 g protein

Two of McDonald’s revamped chicken items, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich and the Chicken Selects (tenders), are inconsistent in size and freshness, and really lacking a flavor punch.. Church’s Chicken sticks to what they know — bone-in, hand-battered and deep fried.. Wingstop is one of the few fast food restaurants committed to the art of the wing — and they are onto something.. If you are surprised that Shake Shack made this list, you haven’t tried their Chick'n Shack sandwich.. Yes, all of this is available, and actually good, at a fast food chain.. Chick-fil-A. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is home to America’s best fast food fried chicken.. Thank goodness for meat and sides that compliment each other rather than compete.

Before you head out for a chicken sandwich, check out The Best Fast Food Chicken Sandwich Rankings … from Hardee’s to Bojangles, and more.. When my brother came to visit a couple months ago, we took my dad on a “chicken crawl.” We went to a bunch of joints that sold chicken sandwiches to come up with our fast food chicken sandwich rankings.. We start with our least favorite chicken sandwich and end up with our top fast food chicken sandwich.. KFC’s chicken sandwich is the Kourtney Kardashian of chicken sandwiches … the least interesting to look at.. Popeyes chicken sandwich started this whole craze, which is great for people like me who almost solely orders chicken sandwiches.. Because the spice is in the breading, that makes it a true spicy chicken sandwich as opposed to a chicken sandwich that can become spicy with a condiment.. But, why do we answer the “Which fast food has the best chicken sandwich?” question with Bojangles if it’s not the top selling chicken sandwich nationwide?. There’s other good fast food chicken out there, even if it doesn’t come in a proper chicken sandwich form.

Courtesy of KFCPer nugget: 45 calories, 3 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium. "The 8-count nugget order contains 360 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 1,080 mg sodium.. Courtesy of KFC Per bowl: 660-790 calories, 36 g fat, 57 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 2,270 mg sodium. "While a side of mac and cheese might fit in nicely with a meal at 140 calories and 6 grams of fat, the Mac & Cheese Bowl might take you over your calorie, fat, and sodium count for a meal," Goodson explains.. "With up to 790 calories, 36 grams of fat, and 2,270 milligrams of sodium, this is way more than most individuals need in a sitting.". This meal would have significantly less total fat, sodium, and calories than the full Mac and Cheese Bowl.". ShutterstockPer McFlurry: 640 calories, 21 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium. "Everyone should enjoy dessert every now and again, but with 640 calories and 21 grams of fat, the Hershey's Mix McFlurry might be a bit much," says Goodson.. Courtesy of Burger King Per Impossible King Sandwich: 552.2 calories, 21.7 g fat (11.2 g saturated fat, 0.2 g trans fat), 34.6 mg cholesterol, 1,998.9 mg sodium, 56.6 g carbs (5.1 g fiber, 10.3 g sugar), 29 protein. Per Impossible Southwest Bacon Burger: 795.7 calories, 42.3 g fat (14.7 g saturated fat, 0.2 g trans fat), 36.9 mg cholesterol, 1,604.3 mg sodium, 73.3 g carbs (7.2 g fiber, 12.2 g sugar), 37.4 g protein. "If you are looking for a healthier option for a meat alternative, the Impossible King and Impossible Whopper have less fat and calories than the Impossible Southwest Bacon Burger.. Courtesy of Zaxby'sPer serving: 800 calories, 62 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 3,200 mg sodium, 54 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 7 g protein. The Southern chain, best known for its crispy chicken, crinkle-cut fries, and signature sauce, decided that there simply wasn't enough fried food on its menu, and opted to not only bring back the limited-time Fried Pickles , but to make them a permanent menu fixture.. "A large order is 530 calories, 23 grams fat, and 930 mg of sodium, which has significantly less calories, fat, and sodium than the pickles, and is still a great shareable snack.

The new Cluck Sandwich, available in regular or spicy, features a crispy fried chicken breast on a brioche bun topped with two pickles and a mayonnaise-based mystery sauce.. So, for all your spicy chicken sandwich purists out there, know that we included Arby's buffalo chicken sandwich above others because it does have some true heat to it and is therefore worthy of the title of spicy chicken sandwich.. For this particular spicy chicken sandwich, a chicken breast filet is marinated in buttermilk, then coated and fried in sweet buttermilk breading.. In addition to several varieties of grilled chicken breast sandwiches, they also have a crispy spicy chicken breast sandwich that debuted in 2019 (via Charleston City Paper ).. This version of a spicy chicken fast food sandwich is topped with lettuce and tomato and served on a soft, pillowy bun.. Luckily, they've got plenty of options, like buffalo, BBQ, and even Polynesian sauce to amp up their perfectly respectable sandwich entry into the fast food chicken sandwich wars.. According to QSR magazine, Wendy's Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich features a marinated chicken that's then breaded in a pepper-forward coating and completed with a piece of lettuce and tomato.. In addition to Butterburgers, their Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich is both marinated and breaded with a unique four-pepper combination of spices and topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickles.. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco is rather small, making it perhaps more of a snack than a full sandwich.. While we'll always have a little nostalgia feel for the classic, oblong chicken sandwich (and for real, how good was the chicken parm version?. It was genuinely spicy but we'd say it is more reminiscent of the flavors of Nashville-style hot chicken than your standard spicy chicken sandwich.. The flavors all worked together in perfect harmony, making this a true standout in the fast food war of spicy chicken sandwiches.. This time, it's with the sandwich that started it all, their classic Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich.. To make the sandwich, a boneless chicken breast is seasoned and then breaded in a blend of peppers before it's fried in 100% refined peanut oil, their secret to the perfect bird (via The Chicken Wire ).. They also entered the spicy chicken sandwich ring with the 2021 nationwide release of their Zaxby's Signature Sandwich .

Note: Tribune food writer Nick Kindelsperger ranked fast food chicken sandwiches in October 2019, marking the debut of Popeyes’ fried chicken sandwich that had diners lining up for a taste.. We’ll have a new list of rankings next week, but until then, see how Popeyes, McDonald’s, Shake Shack and other establishments stack up.. Fast-food fried-chicken sandwiches are not created equal.. In general, they can be divided into three categories: chicken patties, frozen fillets and hand-breaded chicken.. Chicken meat is ground up with various ingredients, formed into the desired shape, battered, fried and frozen.. Nearly all I tried landed near the bottom of my list.. This is obviously more labor-intensive for the individual restaurants, but nearly always results in the juiciest, most flavorful chicken.. Go figure.. One strange constant across all of the different fast-food establishments was the topping combination of mayonnaise and iceberg lettuce.. Has there ever been a more boring duo?

Hollis Johnson. The chicken in this sandwich is surprisingly... good.. Hollis Johnson. Hardee's — known more for its burgers and, erm , provocative advertising — also has a collection of grilled chicken sandwiches.. Hollis Johnson. The chicken itself isn't too bad; the fillet is tender and juicy but still manages to have a good char on the outside that lends a smoky taste.. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider. Unlike Shake Shack's celebrated fried chicken sandwich, this sandwich is a paragon of defanged decency.. Hollis Johnson. In this sandwich, the grilled chicken breast is the undeniable star.. Hollis Johnson. The chain is popular mostly for its fried chicken — sandwiches, nuggets, strips — but even its grilled chicken is delicious.

Everybody’s got their own form of how they prepare the juicy and crispy pieces of fried bird, and some definitely do it better than others.. Also, we’re sticking to chains with 20 or more restaurants, so to you fans of hyper-local fast food fried chicken (aka Kokio’s and Flyrite out in Texas), we apologize.. That said, let’s sink our teeth into some tasty fast food fried chicken, shall we?. However, every other chicken restaurant on this list was designed to be better than the finger lickin’ good poultry you can get from KFC.. Zaxby’s specializes in original and Buffalo-flavored chicken that inches above KFC’s poultry.. That pairing is an absolute winner, and it’s why so many Instagrammers flock to this chicken restaurant to get pictures of their poultry.. The fact that a well-known burger joint is nonchalantly making this amazing chicken sandwich gives it a deserving spot in the middle of this list.. We’d love to see them put the flavors on other sections of a chicken, but what Wingstop’s got so far is enough to elevate them as America’s best fast food chicken restaurant.. Church’s is essentially the KFC of gourmet fried chicken, since they’ve got the national reach of KFC but elevate every aspect of their chicken to a level even Colonel Sanders’ can’t match.. Jollibee is the Filipino fast food chain that’s gonna take over the United States because of their BOMB fried chicken.. They keep it simple like Church’s, and you can get it in tender form or in varied piece buckets.. You almost want a whole bucket of the gravy just to dip into the chicken, it’s that good.. America’s favorite fast food joint deserves to be near the top of the list.. Their restaurants feel more like a traditional fried chicken shack than any other chain.. Nobody else has yet to fully replicate the cultural resonance of fried chicken the way Popeye’s has, and it’s why they take the top spot on our chicken restaurant list.

Bad cheeseburgers, lackluster fries, and now this grilled chicken sandwich, which is probably the worst food I’ve ever eaten at Dairy Queen.. That makes it not a great grilled chicken sandwich.. Arby’s almost has a good grilled chicken sandwich on their hands, they just need to find a way to improve the chicken.. I don’t love the mayo, but Jack in the Box is one of the few fast food chains that can nail sourdough bread pretty well, giving this sandwich an interesting sour aftertaste that complements the grilled chicken and offers something way less filling than your typical bun.. The chicken itself isn’t great, but it’s far from the worst grilled filet in this ranking.. Jack in the Box is halfway to having a really good grilled chicken sandwich, they just need a better sauce than mayo and real Swiss.

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Harvey’s makes a fine burger, especially since you can “have it your way.” But any time you order a chicken sandwich at this establishment, you’re rolling the dice.. Wait…Arby’s has a chicken sandwich?. If it’s a spicy chicken you’re after, Popeyes has the spiciest option on this list, even though it’s just a spicy sauce and not baked right into the chicken patty.. The spicy chicken sandwich has been a staple on its menu for decades, and for good reason: it’s delicious.. That extra step gives Wendy’s spicy chicken a different flavour than any other patty on this list.

McDonald's Spicy Crispy Chicken sandwich.. Rachel Askinasi/Insider. The coating on McDonald's Spicy Crispy Chicken sandwich was dark brown and looked like it would provide a crisp bite with more chicken than breading.. An open-faced view of McDonald's Spicy Crispy Chicken sandwich.. Rachel Askinasi/Insider. This sandwich promises a honey-glazed fried piece of chicken topped with a habanero mayo sauce made with pickled fresh habanero peppers.. While the sauce was both sweet and packing tons of flavorful heat, I wasn't able to detect any honey flavor from the glaze.. Unlike McDonald's sandwich, the flavor came from a peppery dredge rather than a gloopy sauce.. An open-faced view of Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich.. While I thought it was good for texture and functionality (it cooled down the spice of the chicken a bit), it didn't impart additional flavor the way Burger King's honey-mustard-like mayo did.. Taking size, flavor profile, and purpose served by each component in the sandwich into consideration, I think Burger King had a great spicy sandwich.. Rachel Askinasi/Insider. In terms of the sandwich as a whole, I thought the crunchy and flavorful coating, moist and juicy white meat, layer of peppery heat, creamy mayo, and perfectly sized briny pickles all worked well together.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Burger King has been dreaming up its new crispy chicken sandwich since 2019 when another fast food chain caused a frenzy, selling out coast-to-coast and creating the Chicken Sandwich Wars.. Lettuce and tomato are available, as well as a spicy sauce.. The spicy sandwich was our favorite, but we wanted even more kick in the sauce.. Gonzo says: The new extra crispy filet at KFC is pretty darn good.. It has great size and presentation, and it’s covered in pickles and mayo, and served on a brioche-style bun.. Due to the pickle shortage, right now you only get two pickle slices.. The deluxe gets fresh notes from lettuce and tomato.. The spicy is the real revelation in the chicken sandwich wars, as Burger King has finally gotten it right by brushing the hot chicken with a true spicy glaze, not just topping it with an insipid mayo.. John Gonzalez: gonzo@mlive.com

KFC is like the McDonald's of fried chicken.. However, every other single chain on this list was designed to be better than the finger lickin' good poultry you can get from KFC.. That being said, KFC definitely deserves the fried chicken love 'cause they still make some pretty damn good chicken.. If you're not from the Southeastern United States, you probably haven't heard of this place.. What sets Raising Cane's above and beyond is their legendary Cane Sauce.. I've honestly never had a wing flavor at Wingstop I didn't like.. They keep it simple like Church's, and you can get it in tender form or in varied piece buckets.. You almost want a whole bucket of the gravy just to dip into the chicken, it's that good.. America's favorite fast food joint deserves to be near the top of the list.. Most other places don't even serve fried chicken in the morning, but at Chick-fil-A, it's all the rage and the perfect way to start your day.

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