The Brief: Fast-food chains and fans are battling it out on Twitter over who makes the best fried chicken sandwich.
The Chicken Sandwich Wars began after Popeyes released a new menu item: a chicken sandwich on August 12. The buzz around this sandwich is undeniable and the sandwich itself is allegedly delicious. It even inspired a New Yorker article titled “The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Is Here To Save America.”
Not long after Popeyes announced their new sandwich on Twitter, Chick-fil-A clapped back, tweeting out their love for their own fried chicken sandwich. Since then, Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, and other fast-food chains have joined the so-called Chicken Sandwich Wars, debating who makes the best fried chicken sandwich in the nation.
Fast food social media accounts are at the center of this debate, replying to each other’s posts with jokes and drags. As with many viral trends, it’s unclear to what degree the buzz about these sandwiches occurred more organically or was cleverly orchestrated by these brands’ social media teams.
Chicken. Brioche. Pickles. New. Sandwich. Popeyes. Nationwide. So. Good. Forgot. How. Speak. In. Complete. Sandwiches. I mean, sentences. pic.twitter.com/14kXBv4jJw
— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) August 12, 2019
Bun + Chicken + Pickles = all the ❤️ for the original. pic.twitter.com/qBAIIxZx5v
— Chick-fil-A, Inc. (@ChickfilA) August 19, 2019
In case you’re behind on the chicken sandwich wars.😂😂 pic.twitter.com/6bNiHJua8C
— 🆃🆁🆄🅳🆈 (@thetrudz) August 19, 2019
Sounds like someone just ate one of our biscuits. Cause y’all looking thirsty. https://t.co/89eqI5vk2z
— Popeyes Chicken (@PopeyesChicken) August 20, 2019
Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-A Memes
Chicken sandwich connoisseurs have joined Chicken Sandwich War, chiming in to express their opinions on which chain makes the best fried chicken sandwich. There have been multiple reports of Popeyes locations running out of sandwiches due to a sudden inundation with customers.
I went to Popeye's to try the sammich. Pulled up to the drive thru. The lady didn't even say hi, she just said "WE DO NOT HAVE THE CHICKEN SANDWICH". pic.twitter.com/rAezYvEUaA
— Auntie (@auntiebaecc) August 20, 2019
My @DoorDash delivery person really stole my Popeye’s chicken sandwich and will not answer the phone.
— *le sigh* (@yaminahmayo) August 18, 2019
That fried chicken sandwich won’t fill the hole in your heart
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) August 20, 2019
lowkey the Spicy chicken sandwich from crown fried chicken is better than all of the others but y’all too soft to get food from places with bulletproof windows
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) August 19, 2019
A distracted boyfriend meme:
Me after one bite of the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich 🤤🤤🤤 pic.twitter.com/VTNuJ9qtXn
— tway (@twaydabae) August 21, 2019
I hope y’all lining up at the polls the same way you lining up at Popeyes for a chicken sandwich pic.twitter.com/5FQTjjFh04
— Mari Copeny (@LittleMissFlint) August 21, 2019
For those wondering which sandwich is better, there are many online reviews and YouTube videos. Or you can go taste them for yourself as soon as Popeyes is back in stock…