Foodie Trends

10 Best Fried Chicken Sandwich to Order According to foodies

Ever wonder what the Best Fast Food Chicken Sandwich is? Our Foodie Community weighed in on this very important question.
Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr

Every wonder which fast food chain offers the best fried chicken sandwich? We did too, so we asked our foodie community of food bloggers and influencers to rank their favorite. Check out what they ranked.

Fried chicken sandwiches have exploded in popularity. With the rise and expansion of Chick-Fil-A, Shake Shack Popeyes over the past several years – the chicken sandwich is now at the forefront of the fast food scene – driving crowds of fast food goers all across America but also driving steep competition. The competition is so intense, experts are calling it the ‘Fried Chicken Wars’.

So which fast food restaurant has the best chicken sandwich? With so many varieties, innovations, interpretations, price points, and calories, the answer can really depend on your preference.

Do you like your chicken juicy? What level of crispy crunch do you prefer? Do you like sauce, pickles, and other toppings? Does it have to be a hot or spicy chicken sandwich? How important is the bun? Do you prefer cheese or bacon?

While chicken sandwich innovation continues in 2020 with new varieties are being pumped out by fast food chains regularly, the chicken sandwich continues to be at the forefront with no signs of slowing down.

While the question of ‘which is best’ is nearly an impossible question for one person to answer. With that in mind, we decided to ask the question to foodies in our CRAVVE app community to see which they prefer. Here is how they ranked them. In addition, we’ve added the nutritional info from each fast food chains website, along with our narrative and review of each chicken sandwich.


Note: Nutrition facts are sourced from company websites as of December 20, 2020.

10. KFC – The Zinger

Nutritional Facts: 260 Calories, 37 (g) Carbs, 25 (g) Fat and 1170 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot

Our Review:

KFC is well known for its crispy chicken and its fried chicken sandwich represents it well. Above all, the huge slap of chicken breast deep-fried to perfection with a secret blend of spices and topped with lettuce, pickles, and a smear of mayonnaise is close to perfect – the sandwich is a heavy hitter.

In addition, the flavor options are a standout, with 3 different sauce varieties including Honey BBQ, Buffalo, and Nashville Hot. For instance, you can customize your chicken flavor just the way you want – and not sacrifice that crispy chicken crunch you know and expect from KFC.

9. Jack in the Box – Cluck Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 490 Calories, 54 (g) Carbs, 22 (g) Fat and 1260 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 6 flavors (Cluck Sandwich, Cluck Deluxe, Jack’s Spicy Chicken, Jack’s Spicy Chicken with Cheese, Homestyle Ranch Chicken Club, and Sourdough Grilled Chicken Club.

Our Review:

While Jack in the Box is more known for their burgers, they recently launched 2 New Chicken Sandwiches, including the Cluck Sandwich and the Cluck Deluxe Sandwich. Because of these two new chicken sandwiches, they’ve elevated their fried chicken game replacing what was a relatively plain chicken sandwich.

As a result of offering six different varieties of chicken sandwiches, they’ve got options that will appeal to a broader array of chicken sandwich lovers. While they’re known for their inexpensive meals, the Jack in the Box chicken sandwich is a low-cost option for budget-conscious chicken sandwich lovers.

8. Burger King – Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 670 Calories, 54 (g) Carbs, 41 (g) Fat and 1080 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 5 Flavors (Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, Bacon & Cheese Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Burger King has joined in on the chicken sandwich wars with 5 varieties of its chicken sandwich including Spicy, Bacon, Bacon & Cheese, BBQ Bacon, and of course regular. Because of the thin white chicken filet, seasoned and breaded patty, it is perfectly combined with other toppings for a chicken sandwich experience that will want you exploring more.

The regular Crispy Sandwich is made with white meat chicken filet and layered with fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, and creamy mayonnaise on a potato bun. However, you’re going to want to explore one of the flavored options to elevate your BK Chicken Sandwich experience.

7. Arby’s – Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 510 Calories, 55 (g) Carbs, 25 (g) Fat and 1230 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 5 Flavors (Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Original Chicken Sandwich, Bacon & Cheese Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Arby’s Chicken Sandwich is surprisingly delicious. Despite having only one flavor of crispy chicken sandwich. The chicken sandwich experience swings above its weight, with a juicy thick-cut tomato and a perfect smear of mayo. In addition, with its star top bun, the meat to bun ratio is well proportioned so every bite feels consistently delicious and satisfying.

6. Jollibee – Fried Chicken Classic or Deluxe

Nutritional Facts: 550 Calories, 55 (g) Carbs, 23 (g) Fat and 970 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors ( Chicken Sandwich Classic, Chicken Sandwich Deluxe)

Our Review:

A relatively new player to the US Fast Food Scene, Jollibee is catching on quickly and it’s fried chicken and Fried Chicken Sandwich is at the forefront. This Fried Chicken sandwich deserves the hype and praise. With its soft bun, fresh lettuce, layered mayo, and a generous portion of chicken – it’s no wonder flocks of people are venturing into Jollibee for the first time to check out the hype. If you’ve got a Jollibee nearby – it’s worth dropping in and trying a Fried Chicken Sandwich. You’ll be delighted.

5. Wendy’s – Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 490 Calories, 49 (g) Carbs, 21 (g) Fat and 1450 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 15 Flavors ( Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Spicy Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Grilled Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken, Spicy Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Classic, Classic Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Chicken, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Classic Chicken Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Asiago Ranch Classic Chicken Club, Spicy Asiago Ranch Club, Grilled Asiago Ranch Club, Crispy Chicken BLT, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

Before the Fried Chicken Sandwich Wars began, the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s was the gold standard. Consequently, it was one of the first of the popular fast food chains to offer and introduce a Spicy Fried Chicken sandwich. In addition, it delivers a high-quality crunch on a consistent basis. It’s no wonder the Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Wendy’s is still among the top sandwiches among Foodies.

Things have evolved since the original Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Now Wendy offers 15 varieties of Chicken Sandwiches to choose from and gives you more options to explore each time you visit.

4. McDonald’s – McChicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 600 Calories, 57 (g) Carbs, 29 (g) Fat and 980 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors ( Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich and McChicken)

Our Review:

Is it any surprise that the McChicken is a favorite among foodies? Because of the giant slab of fried chicken that overwhelms the bun it sits on, a pickle and signature sauce – it’s the perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich combination. In addition, the signature Sauce has a Mac Sauce flavor with a touch of spiciness.

As a result, it’s no surprise that with the Fried Chicken Sandwich wars, McDonald’s has been experimenting with different variations including the Hot n’ Spicy McChicken Sandwich, which was available at select locations across the US.

3. Shake Shack – Chik’n Shack

Nutritional Facts: 590 Calories, 34 (g) Carbs, 36 (g) Fat and 1170 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors (Chick’n Shack, Hot Chick’N)

Our Review:

Shake Shack is one of the fastest-growing fast food chains in America and for good reasons, its innovative restaurant experience, delicious menu, and excellent service are pushing the fast food industry forward.

Among the many standouts on the menu is the Fried Chicken Sandwich, with its hulking mass of a Fried Chicken breast and the bun struggles to keep in and cover all of the crispy goodness. It’s no surprise why our foodie community rated it so highly. We can’t get enough.

2. Popeye’s – Classic Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 699 Calories, 50 (g) Carbs, 42 (g) Fat and 1443 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 2 Flavors (Classic Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich)

Our Review:

The rise of the Fried Chicken Sandwich wars sent Popeyes and it’s Fried Chicken Sandwich into a viral spin upward. Leading to explosive growth and of course, it’s Chicken Sandwich was at the heartbeat of the growth.

Its double battered breast delivers on the crunch factor in a big way but also it doesn’t brine its chicken giving it an extra delicious taste. So if you love a Fried Chicken with an extra crunch – Popeye’s is the place for you. It’s no surprise that it sits in the top 2 among our foodie community.

1. Chick-Fil-A – Chicken Sandwich

Nutritional Facts: 440 Calories, 41 (g) Carbs, 17 (g) Fat and 1400 (mg) sodium

Available Flavors: 6 Flavors (Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich Deluxe, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Deluxe Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich)

Our Review:

Is it any surprise that Chick-Fil-A is our foodie community’s Favorite Fast Food Chicken Sandwich? Probably not. It’s fresh, reliable, convenient, and delicious. The crazy thing about this Fried Chicken Sandwich is that it’s such a simple Sandwich with a large chicken breast, bun, and a hidden pickle. That’s it! No crazy sauces, or extra meats, or a gimmicky name.

The Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich is really the new gold standard of chicken sandwiches and honestly not much has changed since it was first introduced. It is a beautiful reminder, that sometimes simple is better! In the case of Chick-Fil-A’s Chicken Sandwich, this couldn’t be more true.

Next: Start a Food Instagram Account that gets Thousands of Followers

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Cravve team. We highlight products and services you might find interesting. If you buy them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. We operate independently from our advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback. Email us at admin@cravveapp.com.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: