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Ultimate Fried Chicken Sandwich Showdown: Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-a

Now that the very heated #ChickenSandwichWars have died down, we can finally talk about the chicken sandwich with level heads.

I’m talking about the war that’s been raging since Popeyes stepped into Chick-fil-a’s turf and introduced a fried chicken sandwich.

Sure, there are plenty of other fast food chains out there with a chicken sandwich. KFC, Bojangles, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Wendy’s and even Burger King all have their own fried chicken sandwiches on their menus–and have for a long time. But when Popeyes, a beloved Louisiana fried chicken chain (now headquartered in Miami), debuted its new fried chicken sandwich, everyone pretty much lost it.

Despite Chick-fil-a’s ongoing political and human-rights controversies, they have remained at the top of pretty much everyone’s list as best chicken sandwich. So when people started going crazy for Popeyes, Chick-fil-a didn’t seem to like it so much.

Chick-fil-a and Their Twitter Post Heard Round the World

It didn’t take long for Twitter users to notice something posted by Chick-fil-a: a simple “Bun + Chicken + Pickles = all the [heart emoji] for the original.”

See, Chick-fil-a claims that they invented the fried chicken sandwich, but there’s plenty of evidence that says otherwise. However, that’s a conversation for another day.

Popeyes fired back with a low-key “… y’all good?” and the #ChickenSandwichWars began. Everyone from passionate chicken enthusiasts all the way up to poultry professionals fueled the fight, weighing in on who really had the better sandwich.

It seems silly to talk about now, but people were actually fighting over chicken sandwiches. And I don’t just mean on social media, either. I mean that people were actually physically fighting over fast food sandwiches.

But now that the war has died down, it’s easier to get an objective look at both restaurants’ fried chicken sandwich contenders and decide who really reigns supreme. So, which is it?

  • Which of these two fast food restaurants has the superior chicken sandwich?

    • Popeyes fried chicken sandwich
      Popeyes
      Popeyes
    • Chick-fil-a

Kate Singer

Kate Singer is a regular contributor to Polling Pig and enjoys making trivia, polls and personality quizzes.

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