Make sandwiches, not war.
When Popeyes launched their new fried chicken sandwiches August 12, it was seen as a direct aim at Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich, which has a significant following among the crispy fried chicken sando dedicated. But to date, few (OK, no) successful imitators in the fast-food world have really been able to step up to the plate and knock CFA off their fried food pedestal, though they are trying.
However, as sandwiches were served up and opinions were dished out, the fast-food giants took to social media (naturally) to duke out the Chicken Sandwich Wars.
With Chick-fil-A, Popeyes, even Wendy’s offering up their claim to the chicken sandwich throne, it left us with one thought: Y’all, stop fighting. We just want to eat a darn good sandwich.
Here, we put together a list of our three most delicious fried chicken sandwiches. If you’re craving a deep-fried fix but don’t dare cross battle lines between the brands, we’re here to help you have a delicious meal.
This is the classic fried chicken sandwich, with juicy, crispy chicken breasts and crisp, cool lettuce and tomato. You can be a bit creative with this one if you want, adding a playful spread like horseradish mayo or whole-grain mustard. Or if you’re craving one of the originals, stick to pickles and a bit of mayo.
This one is inspired by a cult classic from Philadelphia’s Federal Donuts with a bit of sriracha mayo and a chicken patty that’s been fried not once, but twice. Keep this one as is so you can experience it as it’s intended. Then, if you like it, play around with toppings the next time you’re planning to make it. Mayo and pickled cabbage anyone?
If your natural inclination is to come down on the fast-food establishment that claims they invented the chicken sandwich (but not the chicken), then you may recognize the flavors of this sandwich. A bit of pickle juice is key to this sammie’s iconic flavor. As is, it’s only served with pickles. You can add sauces if you want, but don’t mask the meat’s unique coating.