In the summer of 2019, the nation was inundated on a quest to find Popeyes’ fried chicken sandwich.
Its introduction as a competitor to the famous Chick-fil-A sandwich sparked a historic battle, and raised the inevitable question:
On Wednesday he did it, rolling out the crispy chicken sandwich, in three versions: regular, spicy and deluxe.
I wanted to compare the McDonald’s sandwich face to face with the Popeyes version I tasted after wait in a line of cars for almost an hour, so I went with the regular version.
You know that scene in You’ve Got Mail when Joe Fox tells Kathleen Kelly he’s working on a project that needs some tweaking? This is how I left thinking about the Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
It’s a good sandwich. However, given the choices available, especially in places specializing in chicken, I would choose other fast food establishments before that. And, I don’t think there will be a lot of line for this one.
Here is a glimpse of my experience.
Ordered. Other writers were given a chance to try the sandwich ahead of time, on the promise that they wouldn’t post a review until Wednesday, and McDonald’s offered a contest for users of its app to get one sooner. .
However, I was alone to find one. Rather than going to a McDonald’s, I decided this time to try the sandwich via Uber Eats.
I wasn’t sure it would be available on day one, but it did show up at the top of the screen in my nearest McDonald’s menu.
I ordered two meals of crispy chicken, with fries and coffee (this served as a late breakfast). The cost, including fees and tip, was $ 26.96. It was admittedly steep, since a single sandwich costs $ 3.90 or $ 6.90 in a combo, before taxes.
Uber Eats promised delivery no later than 50 minutes after I ordered, and the driver arrived right at that outside mark.
First impression. The sandwich came in a cooler bag labeled “crispy chicken,” like the ones Popeyes uses for his chicken and and his new fish sandwich.
The fries were cold, but I always expect that with the fries on delivery. They perked up after 10 minutes in a 300F oven. The coffee was hot enough to drink.
The food. I was disappointed with the appearance of the sandwich. The sandwich comes on a potato bun, which has a shiny top and looks more homemade than a typical commercial hamburger bun.
But, the sandwich seemed a bit squashed inside the package. The chicken fillet was smaller than the slice of chicken Popeyes puts in his sandwich, and he lacked the crispness of his competitor.
There were two pickles, and that was it. I was expecting mayonnaise, but it turns out it’s available on the deluxe version, which also contains tomato and lettuce.
I’m happy to leave McDonald’s on the appearance of the food as it probably suffers a bit during transport. Maybe I would have had a better experience after waiting at the drive-thru myself.
That said, this is a case where McDonald’s might be better off using cardboard wrappers to preserve the appearance of the sandwich, even if that would deviate from the presentation proposed by Popeyes and Chick-Fil- AT.
Taste. The white meat chicken was nice, but it didn’t live up to McDonald’s breathtaking wish for a “juicy and tender tenderloin” that “captured the hearts and taste buds of chicken lovers across America. “.
It was a piece of white meat chicken, with a coating, and while it looked like real chicken, as opposed to something processed, you can find better chicken in other sandwiches.
The bun didn’t really add much, and the pickles seemed to be the pickles we are used to having at McDonald’s.
General impression: Glad I tried it. The sandwich fills up. But, I wouldn’t change my usual order of McDonald’s from Chicken McNuggets or the little cheeseburger to eat that instead.
For me, the Popeyes Sandwich remains my favorite of all the fast food chicken offerings I’ve tasted over the past couple of years.
I’m a fan of Culver’s chicken offerings, which have supported me during the pandemic, and the latest take on Wendy’s Fried Chicken Sandwich, which I tried recently, is on par with this chicken.
I’m also interested in trying the Taco Bell Fried Chicken Taco very soon, but I’ve had two fast food meals this week, and it’s more than enough right now.
From Alison Robicelli’s review for Takeaway meals, it looks like the Deluxe Sandwich is the real winner among the three, and probably something that would have been more satisfying than the base version.
But, Popeyes’ sandwich doesn’t come dressed up, as they say in New Orleans, and it’s always a winner.
So if you are going to be in line, this might be the one to wait for. If not, take a look and see if any adjustments are made to McDonald’s chicken line.