REVIEW: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I haven’t set foot in a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for around, sadly, a decade, since stopping at a Denver location that was a few blocks from my former favorite record store (Twist and Shout, if you’re interested). Even back then, however, I always thought that, when it comes to fried chicken, with its Louisiana-inspired seasonings and spices, Popeyes was the best in the biz.

When I received word that Popeyes was taking on Chick-fil-A with its own version of the heralded chicken sandwich that has made the Chick-fil-A so popular for so long, I knew it was finally time to rekindle my passionate taste for Popeyes once again.

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The sandwich is pretty basic, especially when you read about it in print: a large chunk of boneless fried chicken, placed on a “buttered bun” with a few pickles and (spicy) mayo. Of course, it comes in two variations, classic and spicy. I undoubtedly went the latter, as it was originally Popeyes spicy fried chicken that I had always devoured.

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Delivered to me in a foil-like silver bag, the first thing I noticed was how gratuitous this sandwich truly is. Popeyes already beats the chicken skin off of not only Chick-fil-A but just about every fast food chicken sandwich on the market with the sheer largesse of this New Orleans-style beast. I mean, it’s shocking how heavy the thing is. For only $3.99, even if the sandwich is just okay, you’re still getting your money’s worth.

But, you know, the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich is not okay… it’s mother-clucking fantastic!

It’s probably the best (non-gimmicky) chicken sandwich I’ve had in a long time. Every blessed bite is a mouthful of crispy fried skin and tender white meat, all coated with that special Popeyes seasoning that I have missed for so long. Every juicy sliver of meat is spiced with enough heat to not overdo it, but without that overly “greased” feeling that seems to buckle down a lot of fast food chicken.

(If I’m being honest though, I did squeeze a couple of packages of Louisiana Hot Sauce on top for a little additional down-home warmth.)

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With a couple of mild pickles and a small dab of spicy mayo for taste — not to mention the very firm, very plump, and very rich buttered buns — it doesn’t need all the unnecessary hoopla so many other sandwiches do and, maybe, that’s the thing I love so much about Popeyes Chicken Sandwich.

With basically a strongly empowered piece of fried chicken and very little else, Popeyes may have crafted the chicken sandwich of the year — and if you don’t believe me, well, then it’s your loss, champ. Cómpralo ya!

Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: N/A
Rating: 10 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: Not available on the Popeyes website that keeps crashing my browser.

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12 thoughts to “REVIEW: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich”

    1. Popeyes classic chicken, not only classic, but genuine, golden, mouth watering, a taste you’ll never forget.

  1. This is a delicious sandwich, for all the reasons you mention. I just finished my first one and I’m hooked. Have it with a side of the red beans and rice for a carbolicious delight!

  2. 110% truth! I got the spicy and could not believe that I was holding a WHOLE breast in my hands on a sandwhich. Everyone else falls terribly flat in comparison. And that spicy mayo is unlike any sammich sauce I have come across in a very long time, usually one would attempt to compare it to other sammich sauces, nothing came to mind at all.

  3. Oh my. Seriously. OH MY. This is probably the *best* fast chicken sandwich I’ve ever had. Had the original but will be trying the spicy one next.

  4. Unpopular opinion: I didn’t care for it. I got the classic, plain because I hate pickle juice making things soggy and I can’t eat the whole thing. The chicken was dry, had no flavor and was kind of mushy. And the breading didn’t have any taste to it either. I got the spicy mayo on the side to try it. It helped, but was also kind of meh. And I don’t think they put it on the right bun, but I don’t think that would change my opinion of it much. Glad I tried it, but when I want a chicken sandwich, I’ll be going to Chick-fil-A.

  5. Wow!! This was the biggest chicken sandwich I ever tried to eat!!! I had to start peeling the bread away just to finish the chicken. It was delicious!!!

  6. Companies always say they strive to “exceed” expectations. Well, I was expecting a hot chicken breast served on a fancy bun with delicious pickles. My expectations were not met…the chicken breast, while huge in size, was clearly fried some time earlier, The bun was a hum-drum hamburger bun and there were three pickle slices.

    I’ll try the sandwich again another time when this Popeye’s is not slammed with overflow business. Maybe this was a one off.

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