Review: Chicken Sandwiches from Popeyes

Your guess is as good as mine as to why it’s taken so long for Popeyes to launch chicken sandwiches to compete with Chick-fil-A.  They aren’t available nationally just yet, but I came across the new Classic Chicken Sandwich and Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Popeyes today. I had to grab them to give you an early look at what Chick-fil-A and KFC should be worried about.Popeyes Chicken SandwichThe Popeyes Classic Chicken Sandwich features a buttermilk-battered white meat chicken breast, mayo and pickle slices on a toasted brioche bun.  The Spicy Chicken Sandwich subs out the mayo for a spicy sauce.  Both sandwiches were priced at $3.99 at my local Popeyes.  Let’s review:

Popeyes Chicken SandwichI’m sure the first thing you want to know about these sandwiches is if they’re better than Chick-fil-A.  I don’t want to make an official statement until I’ve had more romantic moments with Popeyes Chicken Sandwiches.  My relationship with Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches started over 15 years ago and I can’t claim new love and devotion over Popeyes so quickly.  I will say this though… Popeyes Chicken Sandwiches are not better than Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches… and they’re also not worse.  Popeyes Chicken SandwichThe comparisons that follow don’t mean one is better than the other.  There are slight differences between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A’s sandwiches that are worth pointing out.  Both restaurants have stellar fast food chicken sandwiches. If you’re familiar with Chick-fil-A’s Original Chicken Sandwich packaging, you’ll instantly be familiar with Popeyes sandwich packaging.  It’s a sandwich bag with an insulated foil interior to keep your sandwich warm and conveniently flexible and durable to eat straight out of.  Popeyes Spicy Chicken SandwichI haven’t put Popeyes and Chick-fil-A side by side, but Popeyes Chicken Sandwiches feel bigger and heavier than CFA.  Popeyes has a nice, crunchy breading that hits more spots than CFA.  It seems that Chick-fil-A relies on the flavors of their cooking oil and Popeyes relies on their seasoned breading.  Popeyes pickles are less briny and have more freshness and snap.  Popeyes uses a toasted brioche bun which is noticeably more dense and filling than Chick-fil-A’s bun.  The biggest difference between each brands sandwich is that Chick-fil-A uses a buttered bun to go along with their simple two pickles and chicken fillet.  Popeyes uses mayo on their Classic Chicken Sandwich (like the KFC Crispy Colonel) and a spicy sauce on their Spicy Chicken Sandwich.  The creaminess of the mayo assists the pickles for the moisture and zest to balance with the hearty chunk of chicken.  The spicy sauce is very Popeyes-like if that makes any sense.  It’s like they took the ingredients that make up their spicy chicken seasoning and just mixed it in with mayo so the flavor will be very familiar if you’re a Popeyes fan.  The heat level on the Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A is way higher than Popeyes spicy sauce so chili-heads take notice.
Popeyes Spicy Chicken SandwichAt a price of $3.99, Popeyes Chicken Sandwiches are priced exactly like KFC’s Crispy Colonel sandwich (at my local KFC anyway).  Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich in my area is currently priced at $3.65 so there is a slight edge for CFA’s price.  Considering the unofficial weight of Popeyes sandwich being heavier, maybe we can just call it a draw on value.  Anyway you want to measure it, all the sandwiches are priced exactly where they should be for a 2019 fast food chicken sandwich.Popeyes Chicken SandwichTo sum up Popeyes new Classic Chicken Sandwich and Spicy Chicken Sandwich, I’ll once again say Chick-fil-A and KFC should be concerned.  Even if you’ve never been a fan of Popeyes chicken, I think these sandwiches could easily change that.

Pros: Up there with the best fast food chicken sandwiches available. Hefty chunk of white meat chicken. Great brioche bun.

Cons: Spicy version may not be spicy enough for the chili-heads and some people loathe mayo so there are minor concerns for both offerings.

Taste: 9.50/10
Value: 9.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $3.99

Overall GrubGrade: 9.25/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Both Classic and Spicy versions are 690 calories

22 comments on “Review: Chicken Sandwiches from Popeyes

  1. Scram says:

    I love both ChickFilA and KFC sandwiches, but of course I’ll try these.

  2. Ray says:

    Can’t wait to try it! If the sandwiches are really that close in quality, I think the superior Popeyes sides will be the deciding factor for me when choosing.

  3. Stan says:

    It’s better than ChicFilA but also significantly heavier and with a different flavor profile, so it doesn’t quite replace ChicFilA in the rotation. I have avoided getting the Popeyes sandwich because of how heavy it is, but otherwise it is the new #1

    • Robert says:

      Popeye’s actually had a pretty similar Chick Fil A sandwich in…2011-ish? It was only $1.99 and also came in a bag. I thought it was phenomenal. This is more like the KFC sandwich in size.

  4. Will says:

    If they were using a spicy filet instead of the same filet with a sauce, I’d be all over this.

  5. Johnnyboy says:

    I had this twice in the last 3 days, hands down the greatest chicken sandwich for me. I grew up liking the Wendy’s Spicy Chicken sandwich and still do. But this sandwich beats out Chick-fil-A! However I have never tried Shake Shacks Chicken Sandwich which looks pretty awesome. My first time eating this sandwich, I ate it like in 3 minutes since it was such a juicy succulent piece of chicken with great Popeyes flavor. 5 stars!

  6. A says:

    They do! They offer both spicy and regular at my local Popeyes.

  7. LaNaya says:

    This spicy chicken sandwich is hands down the best

  8. Holly says:

    Had a reguar one today and thoroughly enjoyed it.I had tried to order a po boy a while back and they told me they discontinued them because they were bringing out new sandwiches so I was extremely pleased when these made their presence.

  9. Cs says:

    I will never love a spicy sandwich that relies on sauce

  10. Adrian says:

    They have been testing these in Chicago and they are a hit. So much so that they sell out as soon as they get them

  11. FarN0rth says:

    I had no idea that Popeye’s ever got rid of this sandwich. I worked there around 2000-2002ish and a sandwich was on the menu. We buttered the buns, it came in the foil-lined bag, and had mayo and pickles. The spicy version was made with the same marinade that all the spicy chicken had, so no sauce. I always thought that the sandwich was a hidden gem on the menu!

  12. Ray says:

    Sandwich was very good although a little uneven in the thickness. Some bites were full of chicken and some had almost none. The breading seemed to have a hint of sweetness to me, reminiscent of the chicken waffle coating, but it still worked well. Overall, a good value at $3.99 for the sandwich. The combo price seemed $1 too high at $7.89, meaning an extra $3.90 for a side a drink.

    • Robert says:

      A chicken breast varies in thickness, so that’s not surprising, this isn’t like a chicken patty. Anyway, yes, you have to watch out for combo meals. They’re frequently terrible deals. Fried potatoes and coke are about the cheapest things on the menu (the soda literally costs them pennies) and I’d much rather have two sandwiches and water than a combo meal. Similar calories typically, too.

  13. bulldog_guy says:

    This is not available in my area (south Florida), just the tender PoBoy.

  14. James Hailey says:


  15. Dr Al says:

    Its a $ 1 chicken sandwich that they sell for $ 7.99 . In case you were born at night an entire chicken is $ 4.99 @ Costco . So do the math people and be smart not STUPID !

  16. renee says:

    the popeyes here in Baltimore md had lines outside and around the corner people waiting on lines and a couple restaurants running out of sandwichs.

  17. Wyatt says:

    Dis sandwich at popiesys better than sex even though i never had eny of them im just asuming

  18. EAR_ONS says:

    Does each sandwich come with a free Angiogram.

  19. Freddie L. Gaines Jr says:

    The sandwich is good but like many others who’ve posted I also worked at Popeyes in 2002/03 and there was a chicken sandwich on the menu. I remember cooking them. Matter of fact that was my meal of choice everyday. Why is Popeyes now trying to make it like they never had one? That I don’t understand. Hands down the one from back then was waaayy better.

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