Why Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich Is Better Than Chick-fil-A’s

Updated: Jan. 31, 2024

With the release of their new menu item, Popeyes may have de-throned Chick-fil-A as the reigning champion of chicken.

Have you heard about the new chicken sandwich from Popeyes? No? You might be the only one. Since the release of the new Popeyes chicken sandwich on August 12th, we can’t seem to escape the fervor about this new menu item. So, we wanted to find out what makes the Popeyes chicken sandwich different from all the rest. Here’s what we found.

The Popeyes chicken sandwich has perfect buns

To make their sandwich unique, Popeyes added a new twist to the classic meal: they added a brioche bun. 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. Restaurants usually charge extra for brioche buns, but the Popeyes chicken sandwich costs only $3.99 at most franchises. Looking for more? Here’s our round-up of the best fast-food chicken sandwich.

Popeyes has perfected the art of fried chicken

Popeyes’ customers think highly of the new chicken sandwich, and the online craze about the crispy, juicy chicken is just increasing the hype. Many netizens have noted how the chicken from Popeyes is juicer than Chick-fil-A’s, or how much thicker the serving of fried chicken is. Popeyes definitely knows a thing or two about fried chicken. “The sandwich has been very well-received and we know our guests are enjoying it!” a Popeyes spokesperson tells Reader’s Digest. “They are really happy with the product, and we love that they’re encouraging others to go out and try it.”

This kind of enthusiasm about a fast-food item is so rarely seen, and a fast-food craze of this proportion has only happened once in recent history: the McDonalds Schezuan Sauce Fiasco of 2018, in which McDonald’s restaurants everywhere were overrun with customers. Fast-food enthusiasts have flocked to Popeyes restaurants to get a taste, so much so that in some locations, the chicken restaurant has sold out of its chicken. We shouldn’t be too surprised, though—Popeyes was apparently the late foodie Anthony Bourdain’s favorite fried chicken joint.


Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-A: Size counts

The Popeyes chicken sandwich is large and tilts the scale at around 480 calories. Just from a glance at the generous brioche buns, mayo or sauce and the giant hunk of chicken that completes the sandwich, you might think that the meal would pack more of a caloric punch. On the other hand, Chick-fil-A’s sandwich weighs in at a very similar 440 calories but seems less substantial in terms of size.

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The Popeyes pickle dill-emma: Where things get spicy

By using pickles on its sandwich, Popeyes has placed themselves in direct competition with Chick-fil-A, where the pickles are just one of the things that make their chicken sandwiches so good. Chick-fil-A posted the tweet below in response to the new Popeyes menu item.

Unfortunately for Chick-fil-A, it doesn’t seem to matter who came first, or who is the “original.” The power of the free marketplace gets to decide which sandwich it is allied to, and right now, consumers are favoring Popeyes. This new Brand War has rippled out to other fast-food chains, as they try to wiggle their way into the chicken sandwich debate. Among others, Wendys and Shake Shack made their spotlight debut by joining in on the banter with Popeyes’ and Chick-fil-A.


Above all else, battles like this make us long for the days when fast-food was just fast-food, all alike in dignity. The Chick-fil-A vs. Popeyes skirmish will likely wage on, but it’s up to each individual consumer to pick their favorite sandwich. Rather stay away from the drama and just make your own fried chicken? Then you’ll need to try this fried chicken recipe that’s been viewed over 200,000 times.

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