In the past weeks, America has been set ablaze by the introduction of the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. Stores throughout the nation have sold out of the product. People have waited for hours to try the new hand-breaded creation. One man was even killed in his pursuit to try the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. With all this chaos, there has been a large amount of public interest.
Until this point, fast-food giant Chick-fil-A has been the preeminent developer of fried chicken breast sandwiches. Now, the Atlanta based chicken joint is facing stiff competition. Consumers are faced with deciding which is the better meal, Chick-fil-A’s classic number 1 or Popeyes’ new culinary creation. We asked Freeman students who had tried both, which sandwich is superior?
Josh Jones, freshman: On the basis of choosing a better sandwich Josh said, “That’s a hard one, but I’m going to have to go with Popeyes.” Josh then continued, “What makes Popeyes better is I can taste the mayonnaise on the sandwich. In Chick-fil-A’s sandwich all the flavors merge, In Popeyes, I can taste all the other ingredients along with the chicken itself.” Josh has frequented Popeyes since the release of the sandwich, he says the “Kentucky flavor,” has him returning every time.
Ben Mai, sophomore: Ben Mai said, “I don’t know man, it’s really even but I definitely can’t say Chick-fil-A because they donate money to anti-LGBTQ+ places so you know I can’t really support a company like that. I’d say Popeyes for sure.” Ben elaborated, “It’s not only the fact they donate to these anti-LGBTQ+ organizations, Popeyes sandwich is just better. The cajun authenticity of it is just amazing.”
Joseph Chambers, sophomore: Joseph said “Popeyes is crispier and it’s significantly bigger.” Joseph then used a personal anecdote, “My family each got a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. It was me, my mother, and my father. My mother and my father ate only half of their sandwich, and that was their meal! You cannot do that with a Chick-fil-A sandwich. What sold Joseph was the bun, “You know people are really sleeping on the bun. The bun is a little fluffy but its substantial, it tastes very nice.”
Juniors Anna Kriebel and Danny Piper had differing opinions on the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich.
Anna Kriebel, junior: “It’s way better than Chick-fil-A,” said Anna. “It’s crunchier and the sauce is like more flavorful. It’s like a spicy mayonnaise. The crunch is absolutely amazing, there is an audible crunch when you bite into it. The breading is what sets it apart it is so crunchy.” When asked if people should believe the hype about the sandwich she said, “Absolutely!”
Danny Piper, junior: “I actually like Chick-fil-A’s better. I think the bread on the Chick-fil-A sandwich is much better,” said Danny. “It’s the bun that sets it apart.” When speaking about his experience Danny said, “I had to wait in a long line for twenty-five minutes just to get a chicken sandwich. One time I had to sit in line for thirty minutes and I didn’t even get a sandwich.” When asked if people should believe the hype he said, “No.”
Even after rounds of interviewing Rebels, there is no clear answer in the sandwich debate. Whether a Chick-fil-A loyalist or a Popeyes enthusiast, there is no wrong answer when talking about warm, had-breaded fried chicken.