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Who has the better chicken sandwich: Popeyes or Chick-fil-A?

Chick-fil-A's tagline has long been, "We didn't invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich." The chain is known for their juicy fried chicken and simple chicken sandwich—decorated by just two delicate slices of pickle. Popeyes, on the other hand, is known for its fried chicken overall. Fans say Popeyes has mastered spice more than any other fast food chain out there. The question remains: which restaurant serves up the better chicken sandwich?

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Chick-fil-A invented the chicken sandwich, making this chain the resident expert on all things fried-chicken-and-bread. Chick-fil-A created a process down to the minute for the ultimate sandwich experience across all locations. According to Business Insider's Hollis Johnson, hand-selected filets are covered in a milk-and-egg wash before being coated with flour. The full weight of the CFA staff goes behind each piece of chicken—literally: 

Then — and this is a crucial part of the process, according to Chick-fil-A team members — the person breading needs to put all their weight into pressing down on the fillets. That means heels come off the ground and hands press down hard on the chicken.

A bun is prepped with butter and a light toasting, and two pickles are placed "meticulously" on one bun, so they are not overlapping so much that they become a Venn diagram, but lay lightly on top of each other and cover as much of the bun as possible. 

Once the sandwich is fully assembled, it is placed "immaculately" into an aluminum-lined bag, and handed off to the customer. Good luck finding this level of care at any other fast food chain.

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But some say it's time to kick Chick-fil-A off of its throne. Business Insider's Irene Jiang claims Popeyes' chicken sandwich is infinitely better than its predecessor. Jiang writes: 

True love is a chicken sandwich that makes you feel full, whole, and taken care of. It's a bun that envelops your chicken in a comforting embrace, a thick slab of juicy, crispy chicken that reminds you of a Southern city you've never been to, and pickles and mayo that thrill. True love is a chicken sandwich that makes you feel held.

Popeyes achieves this goal; Chick-fil-A does not. Not only is the Popeyes sandwich heftier and less expensive, but according to Jiang, each component in the sandwich tastes better too: 

The sandwich is uniformly outstanding. One bite gets you a bit of everything. Everything is very good on its own and even better together.
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Popeyes latest invention may be worth exploring, but the initial hype on its new menu item won't last. Chick-fil-A has been the king of the chicken sandwich for decades. It's turned a delectable dish into a science, and it isn't going to give up its crown any time soon. 

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But some say Chick-fil-A-faithfuls are simply in denial. One fan lays out five reasons why Popeyes is superior: 

  1. the chicken is *crispy*. Like, big crunches every bite.
  2. pickle coverage is nearly the whole sandwich.
  3. excellent sauce ratio; not too much but you still get a healthy dose.
  4. bun tastes good, but isn’t amazing.
  5. enormous sandwich for $4. Incredible $/satiation ratio
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Who has the better chicken sandwich: Popeyes or Chick-fil-A?
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A festive crown for the winner
#TeamCFASandwich