Chick-fil-A and I have a complicated relationship. I’ll eat it. But I won’t go out of my way to do it. CFA reminds me of that weird hyper-religious girl that loves horses, Jesus, odd skirts, and crucifying and judging other people for their actions. Think of Mandy Moore, and Amanda Byne’s character in Easy A. You know exactly who I’m talking about. I’ll eat CFA, but I’ve never gone out of my way to get it. Their chicken isn’t bad by any means–just extremely bland and plain.
Popeye’s on the other hand, I have always loved. For the sake of transparency, I’m not going to pretend like I’ve never had Popeyes before. Their spicy chicken tenders hold a bear and dear special place in my heart. I’ve been gobbling them down since I was a little girl and my grandfather would pick me up from school. In college, my friend Ashley and I would eat Popeye’s all the time. However, I haven’t had it in recent years. It’s probably been three years since I’ve had anything from Popeye’s.
But am I shocked that Chick-Fil-A got the beat down from them? Absolutely not. Not even a little bit.
I don’t know why people are shocked because Popeyes is good. Their chicken is consistently crispy, flavorful, and delicious. It’s so good that a couple years ago some random lady tried to pass it off as her own (after a hefty price increase). I don’t know why for a second anyone would even be remotely shocked that Popeyes could formulate a better sandwich than bland af CFA.
That being said, I did go pick one up today. I was not going to let me bias cloud my judgment, and I also was not going to let the fact that the Popeyes I went to was completely packed full of people and it annoyed me affect my experience either.
I bought the spicy chicken sandwich, when given the choice between classic or spicy, and then trekked back to my car to enjoy this meal. The sandwich comes in a foil bag, much like homophobic racist chicken’s. I honestly went into this with lower expectations, half expecting it to be over-hyped. But as soon as I took a bite and my teeth sank into that juicy, crispy chicken, I swear to you little angels sang. I don’t want to be dramatic, but this is the best chicken sandwich I’ve possibly had in my life.
The chicken is juicy, flavorful, and fresh, and breaded in this crispy and delicious batter. The bun is soft and pillowy, the sauce is the PERFECT compliment to the chicken, who truly is the star of the show, and the pickles are thick and crunchy. This sandwich is quite honestly, freaking delicious. And I don’t care who you are, even if you are my beloved Donald Glover, you’re silly for thinking CFA’s is even in the same league as this one.
I even left half to eat when I got back to work, and realized that the sandwich STILL tasted fresh and crispy after traveling for a while. The batter was still crunchy and the sandwich still reigned supreme.
I don’t know why there’s a war, when there is a clear winner. It’s like trying to compare Tupac to Lil Dicky.
ps, I paired this sandwich with their fries, which is always a delicious duo.