We sampled 8 restaurants to find the best fast food chicken sandwich.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is a fast food restaurant known for its fried chicken, so we were excited to try the classic chicken sandwich. For $4.99, a tasty, well-marinated piece of chicken was served on toast with mayonnaise and pickles. Besides the classic option, KFC also offers a hot version.

The chicken was tasty and crispy, and the sandwich was well balanced. It really was a fun sandwich that we would love to order again.

minimum: Kentucky Fried Chicken is a big player in the fast food chicken sandwich game, but it’s not yet a champion. While this sandwich certainly satisfied, there were still a few sandwiches that were even better!

Christina Vanni, “The Taste of Home”

2. Chick Phil A

Although we’ve tested and ranked a total of eight chicken sandwiches, the truth is that the fast food chicken sandwich race really comes down to the top two contenders. These two are truly head and shoulders above the rest. In fact, it was very difficult to decide which sandwich should take the #2 and #1 slots. Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich comes in second for best fast food chicken sandwich. It retails for $4.75 with pickles and no mayonnaise, served on buttered toast, toasted to perfection. However, for those looking for the addition of sauce, Chick-fil-A offers a range of options.

We decided on all the sandwiches sampled, Chick-fil-A won the chicken which was moist and flavorful as well as perfectly seasoned. The sandwich had a nice crunch while the toast and buttery bread keeps the sandwich moist and satisfying. In addition to the original chicken sandwich we sampled, Chick-fil-A also sells Deluxe Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken, Deluxe Spicy Chicken, Roast Chicken, and Grilled Chicken Club.

minimum: Ultimately, the best fast food chicken sandwich comes down to preference. For us there was a sandwich with a slight edge to get to the top. Keep reading to find it.

Popeye's chicken sandwich with its wrapper on a white kitchen counter

Christina Vanni, “The Taste of Home”

1. Popeyes

Popeyes’ war on Chick-fil-A has been going on for a while, but we’ve finally chosen a side. Slip into our #1 spot for the best fast food chicken sandwich is Popeyes Classic Chicken Sandwich. Even before the first bite, this sandwich immediately won the best of the bunch award. The baked chicken nuggets were generous in size and the buns were amazingly shiny. At $4.49, this delicious sandwich topped with mayonnaise and pickles was the most impressive of all the sandwiches sampled.

Early on, we decided that pickles were an essential ingredient for the perfect chicken sandwich. They bring texture, crunch and balance to fried chicken. We loved the huge slices of pickles on the Popeyes sandwich that covered the entire surface of the cake, ensuring there was the perfect amount of pickles in every bite. In this sandwich, the fried chicken pieces were chunky, well mashed and served up a nice crunch. Besides this classic chicken sandwich, they also sell a spicy version as well as the Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwich.

minimum: The crispy crunch of the scrambled chicken, the great pickles, and a delicious cake made Popeyes the best chicken sandwich experience overall.

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