The Secret To Why Popeyes' Chicken Sandwich Is So Delicious

  • Published: 09 November 2019
  • Make no mistake about it, Popeyes' chicken sandwich has already achieved cult status and seems to be the biggest fast food news story of 2019. An all-out fast food war has broken out between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A, with both McDonald's and Wendy's trying to get in on the action. Stores were forced to turn customers away when they ran out of the popular sandwich upon its initial release in August, which lead one unhappy customer to file a lawsuit for "deceptive business practices."
    With it's re-release on November 3, the hype hasn't died down. If you haven't tried one yet, you may be wondering what makes this particular chicken sandwich so special. Well, Popeyes has taken a few steps to make their chicken sandwich a standout from the competition, and judging from all the buzz, their efforts are most definitely paying off.
    The chicken on this sandwich is definitely the star of the show, but more on that in a second. Let's discuss the bun that cradles this lovely chunk of bird. Not content to keep things simple, Popeyes uses what it calls a "buttery brioche bun" for its sandwich. This goes against the standard bun of most fast food chicken sandwiches and helps to give the bread a slightly sweeter flavor. Some fast food restaurants will charge extra for using a brioche bun, and while Chick-fil-A butters their bun, neither their sandwich nor Wendy's chicken sandwich mention any use of a brioche bun. Sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference.
    Now for that chicken between those buns. For starters, the piece of chicken itself is larger than most other chicken sandwiches or at least it used to be, there's some concern it may have shrunk upon its return, though Popeyes denies this. The chicken cutlet is also, according to numerous reviews, juicer than its biggest competition, Chick-fil-A. Perhaps because Popeyes' chicken sandwich has a crispier breading that helps seal in the chicken's juices?
    So we've pointed out that the bun and that big, crunchy, juicy chicken breast really help this chicken sandwich stand out, but that's not all the flavor magic at play here. The biggest criticism in a taste test of Chick-fil-A's sandwich compared to Popeyes' seems to be that the former is too dry due to its lack of sauce. Popeyes avoided that mistake right out of the gate.
    Popeyes' chicken sandwich comes with a spicy mayo that complements the chicken cutlet's moisture without overpowering the sandwich to the point that it becomes soggy. Popeyes also reportedly uses thicker pickles than the competition. Chick-fil-A is known for always including pickles on their chicken sandwich, but most reviewers seem to think that the pickles are a little too thin and don't deliver the briny goodness in each bite the way that Popeyes does. The number of pickles could also be a factor. The Kitchn reports that Popeyes' chicken sandwich includes three pickle slices. As for Chick-fil-A? Well, they only put two slices of pickle on a sandwich. Clear advantage, there.
    What's particularly interesting about this chicken sandwich is that Popeyes didn't uncover some secret mystery to making the ultimate chicken sandwich. Upon the sandwich's return, they had a press conference for it, and a lot of what makes it so good has already been at play in their kitchen.
    Head Chef Amy Alarcon told Thrillist that the butter on the bun is the same butter the restaurant chain uses on its biscuits. The spices in the mayo sauce are the same spices that are used in their spicy fried chicken. Finally, the seasoning in the fried chicken on the sandwich is the same seasoning mixture used for the fried chicken that Popeyes has been serving in buckets for years.
    None of these things may seem revolutionary, but all the ingredients together clearly made all the difference in the world. Considering how popular the sandwich is, it's no surprise that recipes abound on the internet for people who want to try to recreate their own version of this chicken sandwich at home. For the real deal, though, buying one from Popeyes is your best bet... assuming you can manage to get your hands on one.
    Watch the video to find out the secret to why Popeyes' chicken sandwich is so delicious!
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Comments • 1 320

  • Brandon Robinson
    Brandon Robinson  Il y a 5 heures

    Before i watch the video all i can think is edible crack injected into the sandwich

    • woyaohuajia
      woyaohuajia  Il y a 9 heures

      I just had it a month ago and it was alright, but it wasn't worthy of the hype. Definitely not worth stabbing anyone over. I actually like the Chick Fil A sandwich better.

      • Slappy Mcdagger
        Slappy Mcdagger  Il y a jour

        No the sandwiches are smaller because us cooks are not making them " by the book"( which is basically double breading the chicken breast fillet) sorry they pay us horrible and only have one cook cooking everything on a shift and wont give raises.

        • chris williams
          chris williams  Il y a jour

          Anybody else peep 👀 that fat ass 🍑 walking into Resturant smh 🤦🏿‍♂️ I love it 🥰

          • Code The Clown
            Code The Clown  Il y a jour

            I'm soo unlucky. I'm from a country with no Popeye restaurant, and during the summer I went to a country with Popeye's, and I left one day before the release of the Popeye's chicken sandwich

            • Angeleace J
              Angeleace J  Il y a 2 jours

              I ate 3 ......and threw up

              • benzman500sl
                benzman500sl  Il y a 2 jours

                Just had my first Popeyes Spicy Chicken Sandwich. It was terrible. The taste was fine, but the texture was awful. It was like I was chewing rubber.

                • Alex Weiss
                  Alex Weiss  Il y a 2 jours

                  You stupid people realize that Church's Chicken has the same damn sauce

                  • Anas
                    Anas  Il y a 3 jours

                    Tried it 2 weeks ago.. simply disgusting and empty hype train

                    • Larry Fine
                      Larry Fine  Il y a jour

                      That's b/c they wiped there asshole on the Bun and You Ate It..DAMN..They Have Pix.💩💩💩💩💩💩

                      • Chloe Moore
                        Chloe Moore  Il y a 3 jours


                        • BonzoDog67 Lizardking
                          BonzoDog67 Lizardking  Il y a 3 jours

                          Secret Ingredient; Insane black people turning violent over buying one of the damned things.

                          • Nadia
                            Nadia  Il y a 3 jours

                            ....and, nobody really cares to know what toxic ingredients lie in the antibiotic-pulverized chicken and "butter" flavoring of the sandwich.. that's 2019 for ya lol

                            • Jeddi 6970
                              Jeddi 6970  Il y a 5 jours

                              Had one for first time today. Sauce makes the sandwich not the chicken. Although would rather dip sandwich in sauce than have it spread on the sandwich.

                              • Kirk Moore
                                Kirk Moore  Il y a 5 jours

                                I've been watching the "excitement" over this sandwich for months. Last Sunday, I went to my local Popeyes here in El Cajon to see what the hubbub is all about. I have a serious injury with my right ankle and walking is really painful so I ran thru the car service lane. I was told the sandwich was limited to 12 noon to 8 pm sales from supply and demand. Missed it by 20 minutes so I ordered a 4 piece box instead. I came back the next day and spent 25 minutes in their driveway. All the spaces in front of the store were packed so I made my way to the drive in. They had plastic traffic cones and it was closed. Well, that was enough for me! It took 15 minutes just to get back out of the joint! You bozos can stick your sandwich AND the rest of your menu up your ass! It looks like a made up issue just to get free publicity. Check and checkmate! It will be a cold day in hell.before I ever go back to Popeyes. It's either a publicity scam or outright incompetence that you can't stock up on this item. It's been on the freaking menu for at least 6 months by now. Goodbye, Popeyes! Carl's junior has a excellent bacon swiss sandwich (#12) that I can buy all day long. Your "best chicken sandwich" ever isn't worth your BS......

                                • Larry Farris
                                  Larry Farris  Il y a 5 jours

                                  @ 2:28 I ordered two chicken sandwiches from Popeyes and they both only had two pickle slices on them (not three as stated in the video).

                                  • Honey Milano
                                    Honey Milano  Il y a 5 jours

                                    As I’m eating my chicken sandwich from Popeyes 😂

                                    • P. Granger
                                      P. Granger  Il y a 5 jours

                                      I like Popeyes a lot, it’s my favorite chicken place. it makes perfect sense what happened. When they brought it out, it was $1.99! Later Popeyes changed it to $1.99 with purchase of a drink. Compare that to almost $4 for Chick-fil-A. When people tried it they found out it was decent. But, now Popeyes brought it back at $3.99? That’s a big problem with Popeyes, they change menu pricing, what’s available, specials and sizes almost every month. Their staff is generally poor. Their service and speed is horrific. And that’s coming from someone who likes Popeyes. Popeyes could never compete with Chick-fil-A because they couldn’t handle the business. So, I wouldn’t count on selling this sandwich like before at the current price. But don’t worry, Popeyes as usual will change the pricing next week. They’re very inconsistent.

                                      • Ralph Miles
                                        Ralph Miles  Il y a 6 jours

                                        Popeyes biscuits were the best in the country when they first. Especially with apple flavor jelly

                                        • Ralph Miles
                                          Ralph Miles  Il y a 6 jours

                                          Popeyes is the top Fried chicken franchise in the country. The only thing they need make better biscuits like what they first came out.

                                          • Judy Chen
                                            Judy Chen  Il y a 6 jours


                                            • Khadijah
                                              Khadijah  Il y a 6 jours

                                              When you live in England 😭😂

                                              • Barbie Tingz
                                                Barbie Tingz  Il y a 7 jours

                                                It got weed in it

                                                • XTreAm
                                                  XTreAm  Il y a 7 jours

                                                  that sandwich so good I almost died of hunger

                                                  • Mustang Munchies
                                                    Mustang Munchies  Il y a 7 jours

                                                    Best Chicken Sandwich review-Chicken Joint Best of PT1éo.html

                                                    • Victor The cod gamer
                                                      Victor The cod gamer  Il y a 8 jours

                                                      I don't like breaking my jaw when eating the sandwitch

                                                      • Stixman415
                                                        Stixman415  Il y a 8 jours

                                                        The real Krabby Patty

                                                        • Magical 801
                                                          Magical 801  Il y a 8 jours

                                                          I always wonder why the hell this sandwich is so damn good. I swear it's like the chicken is on steroids or something.

                                                          • Larry Fine
                                                            Larry Fine  Il y a 15 heures

                                                            @Magical 801 But you Ate it...FOOL

                                                            • Magical 801
                                                              Magical 801  Il y a 21 heure

                                                              @Larry Fine that's cool, I cumed on your mom and have pics too..🤣🤣🤣

                                                              • Larry Fine
                                                                Larry Fine  Il y a jour

                                                                No...I Cumed on It and You Ate It..YUM.YUM..I Have Pix. 👀👀👀👀

                                                                • Svpreme Niyah
                                                                  Svpreme Niyah  Il y a 10 jours

                                                                  I tried it last night ... It’s not worth the hype in my opinion I liked the bun tho but it tastes regular I heared the spicy one is better 🥴

                                                                  • Katie Carlson
                                                                    Katie Carlson  Il y a 10 jours

                                                                    I had the Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich yesterday and it was delicious!!! I think the super soft buttery/flakey bread has a lot to do with it. But later on I had a terrible stomach ache from the grease/fat you could taste it literally dripping with.

                                                                    • Nikki Page
                                                                      Nikki Page  Il y a 11 jours

                                                                      I just tried it today - wow, it's amazing - love it! Bye Chick Fil a!!

                                                                      • Trevor Taylor
                                                                        Trevor Taylor  Il y a 11 jours

                                                                        Needs tomato, but not bad

                                                                        • Danny Boy
                                                                          Danny Boy  Il y a 11 jours

                                                                          I'll just get a pizza instead.

                                                                          • WhiteCore
                                                                            WhiteCore  Il y a 11 jours

                                                                            Hmmm I like that sandwich 1:20

                                                                            • fokus9000
                                                                              fokus9000  Il y a 11 jours

                                                                              additives they put is making it addicting

                                                                              • Erica Shannon
                                                                                Erica Shannon  Il y a 12 jours

                                                                                I have never been a true lover of a chicken sandwich over a juicy burger, but this sandwich has come pretty close to changing that narrative.

                                                                                • Draven
                                                                                  Draven  Il y a 12 jours

                                                                                  Someone finna get food poisoning from those dirty ass hands

                                                                                  • ASMR Kettensäge
                                                                                    ASMR Kettensäge  Il y a 12 jours

                                                                                    they sell u cloned beef and this is why ppl turn into devils lol, no one notice this shit?

                                                                                    • Romano Singh
                                                                                      Romano Singh  Il y a 14 jours

                                                                                      It's like the real life version of The Krabby Patty

                                                                                      • matthew enriquez
                                                                                        matthew enriquez  Il y a 14 jours

                                                                                        It's a good chicken sandwich but not worth the hype. You woulda thought these people had been deprived chicken for what seems a lifetime or they never had food before.

                                                                                        • Andrei 895
                                                                                          Andrei 895  Il y a 14 jours

                                                                                          I wanna know why people fight over it

                                                                                          • JAY SATURDAY
                                                                                            JAY SATURDAY  Il y a 14 jours

                                                                                            Its only 20% meat..the rest fillers...yuck....

                                                                                            • jp787
                                                                                              jp787  Il y a 14 jours

                                                                                              Chick-fil-A #1

                                                                                              • Nicholas Jackson
                                                                                                Nicholas Jackson  Il y a 14 jours

                                                                                                I had my first one yesterday. It the most average tasting chicken I’ve ever tasted.. like how do ppl freak out about this

                                                                                                • Butters L. Blanco
                                                                                                  Butters L. Blanco  Il y a 14 jours

                                                                                                  Manu Vatuvai & Konrad Hurrell 1:08 In a random Popeye's chicken video

                                                                                                  • TheDrakeboy
                                                                                                    TheDrakeboy  Il y a 15 jours

                                                                                                    I broke down today and bought one. I have to say..... That was the best damn chicken sandwich I've had from a fast food joint. Going back tonight to make sure it wasn't a fluke

                                                                                                    • Chloe Moore
                                                                                                      Chloe Moore  Il y a 15 jours

                                                                                                      I'm So Freaking Hungry I Can Eat A Popeyes Chicken Sandwich I'll Make A Deal And Have Two Of Them With Fries And A Drink

                                                                                                      • Aquarius Gibson
                                                                                                        Aquarius Gibson  Il y a 15 jours

                                                                                                        Narrator: "Now for that chicken between those buns." Me:

                                                                                                        • Cannon G
                                                                                                          Cannon G  Il y a 15 jours

                                                                                                          They put crack in it

                                                                                                          • ENVY'S NATION
                                                                                                            ENVY'S NATION  Il y a 15 jours

                                                                                                            who notice the people touching the chicken without gloves while cooking it

                                                                                                            • Brutha Dnubian
                                                                                                              Brutha Dnubian  Il y a 15 jours


                                                                                                              • Space Man
                                                                                                                Space Man  Il y a 15 jours

                                                                                                                Popeyes chicken sandwich have something inside it to addict black people only.

                                                                                                                • tinylilmatt
                                                                                                                  tinylilmatt  Il y a 15 jours

                                                                                                                  First world problems: I’ll sue Popeyes coz there was no chicken burgers left. I bet they blamed Trump as well and it was a morbidly obese feminist

                                                                                                                  • Lennys-Lazy
                                                                                                                    Lennys-Lazy  Il y a 16 jours

                                                                                                                    Me:drives up to the line to order Popeyes lady:I already know

                                                                                                                    • Dankula Fan
                                                                                                                      Dankula Fan  Il y a 16 jours

                                                                                                                      You forgot to mention that Chick Fil A hurts gays

                                                                                                                      • Mike Bird
                                                                                                                        Mike Bird  Il y a 16 jours

                                                                                                                        If Popeyes could only find the secret to great service! Don't matter how good your sandwich is if your customer service sux balls, they will never compete with Chic Fil A for this very reason....

                                                                                                                        • OrganicHealer
                                                                                                                          OrganicHealer  Il y a 16 jours

                                                                                                                          Not worth standing in line for more than 5 minutes

                                                                                                                          • XxkillerslumberXx X
                                                                                                                            XxkillerslumberXx X  Il y a 17 jours

                                                                                                                            *laughs in Canada*

                                                                                                                            • Toddo
                                                                                                                              Toddo  Il y a 17 jours

                                                                                                                              Ummmm, 690 calories 42g Fat 14g Saturated Fat 1443mg Sodium 28g Protein No thanks.....

                                                                                                                              • OFN69583
                                                                                                                                OFN69583  Il y a 17 jours

                                                                                                                                Keep eating that unhealthy crap, eat lots of fast food it's good for you..LMFAO

                                                                                                                                • judywhite82
                                                                                                                                  judywhite82  Il y a 17 jours

                                                                                                                                  Its only a chicken sandwich for the belly.