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Popeyes vs. Chik-Fil-A SPICY Chicken Sandwich | Emmymade Fast Food Taste Test


Greetings my beautiful lovelies! It’s
Emmy. Welcome once again back to my car. Today is November 4th, and I am going to
be tasting more chicken sandwiches. So, a couple months ago, I did the taste
comparison between Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich versus Popeyes new chicken
sandwich, and in that video many of you said that I did not do it correctly
because I did not taste the spicy sandwiches — I just compared original to
original. And, soon thereafter, about two weeks later, Popeyes ran out of their
chicken sandwiches and yesterday November 3rd Popeyes came out with the
new chicken sandwich once again. So today I’m here to taste the sandwiches again. This time I’m going to be comparing the spicy versions. And I got myself
the spicy chicken sandwich, nothing else: no fries, no waffle fries, no ice tea this
time; no lemonade — just the sandwich. Here’s the sandwich, all nice and toasty in its bag.
And here’s the bun, slightly toasted; a generous piece of chicken breast there; and two pickles this time; lightly
toasted bun. I’m gonna taste it first without any of the Chick-fil-A sauce.
Alrighty, here we go! Itadakimasu! Mmm! Mm-hm. Mm-hm. Yeah, I definitely like the spicier
version better. It’s equally juicy and succulent and tasty as the original but
that little bit of heat is really nice — it kind of just perks everything up. I
taste the brine of the pickle; the meat is very tender; and it’s very, very well seasoned. Mm-hmm. So the chicken breast has been deep-fried: the coating is pretty thin; there’s a little bit of a crunch on the edges, but not overly
crunchy. And again, I’m reminded of the importance of the pickle in this
sandwich. I think it adds a textural bite, but also it adds a little bit of acidity
which goes really well with the deep-fried chicken breast — it cuts some of that fatness and now that we’ve got some heat in there it’s really kind of
playful kind of dilly pickle briny and then you’ve got some chili to heat in
there as well. Really nice! Simple, but I like simple, and I like the spicier
version for sure more than the original. The level of spice is pleasant; it’s not
overpowering; it’s just kind of this nice warmth; it reminds me of kind of a
cayenne warmth — if you were to shake some cayenne pepper to a dish just to kind of
warm things up, just pleasantly; it’s not burning; it’s not entirely that strong of
a flavor either; it’s not like chili pepper flavor — you don’t really taste it —
it’s just kind of a warmth in your mouth. Try a little bite with some sauce. All right,
I’m going to try it with the sauce, too. Oh! That completely changes the sandwich:
the sauce is sweet, barbecued, and kind of mayo-d; and once you
add it to the sandwich I feel like it changes it completely and I don’t think
it’s needed or necessary — actually quite superfluous. I think that’d actually go
well with the waffle fries. Yeah, I’d rather not have it on the sandwich
because it overpowers the flavors of the chicken that is already seasoned very
nicely and yeah just kind of distracting. That’s my two cents, at least. All right,
let’s try with the bread at least. Mm-hmm. The sandwich is already really nicely
balanced with all kinds of flavors/ juiciness/pickles/brine and once you add
the sauce and it kind of detracts from all that — just kind of muddles everything up:
makes it extra sweeter; makes it more barbecued tasting, and in my opinion it
doesn’t need it at all. Alrighty, let’s go track down the Popeyes spicy chicken
sandwich. See you in a bit! Alrighty, so I got it. And there was a
line. The first time I went, you know, a couple months ago, no line whatsoever.
Well there’s two people in line in front of me; but this time they were probably
ten people in line waiting in front of me. Granted, it is November 4th, the day after
the “BIG” comeback of the chicken sandwich, but this time I’ve got the spicy
version. This costed $8.09 and I had to get the entire meal.
I asked simply for just the sandwich but she said “nope”! I can’t get the sandwich
alone. I can only get a meal — which I think this is kind of bogus.
At any rate, here I am. I got my sandwich. So, let’s go ahead and give it a taste!
Like Chick-fil-A, the sandwich comes in a little insulated bag. One thing I did
like was while I was placing my order the woman that helped me did tell me how
long the wait was going to be. She said “Four to five minutes. Is that alright?” and
I said, “Yeah that’s fine.” Great. I like a little heads up. A little heads up goes a
long way, right? Just to know, okay, approximately how much time do I have
before I need to get back to work, you know? that’s helpful.
Thanks. Alrighty, so here’s the sandwich…. Same bun, as I remember, (as) last time — kind of a brioche-style bun: a little yellower in color; and underneath I can see some of that spice, I believe, that’s
transferred on to the bun top. That chicken looks amazing! Look at that! That is quite some breading! It looks like a piece of fried chicken, but clearly it’s
a chicken breast, and I can smell the pickle — there’s the dill pickle right there: two slices of pickle, and again, a toasted bun. Looks to be some kind of
sauce — kind of a mayo-like sauce. All righty, here we go! Itadakimasu! It’s good, too — and like the Chick-fil-A, I
prefer the spicier version: that little bit of heat just really makes the fried chicken sandwich experience better for me. This sandwich, as in the original, has
a crispier crust than the Chick-fil-A version — this is much more like having
fried chicken in a sandwich form: big, crunchy crunch on the outside…. I got a bite of pickle slice in that bite —
loved it! The pickles in the Popeye version are crunchier, and taste less
cured than the pickle slices in the Chick-fil-A burger: both have that same
cucumber-y, dilly flavor to them, but this one has more of a snappier bite; a little
bit more cucumber-y, but it goes well with that combination of deep fried chicken and hot sauce. The second bite i took is also spicier —
I think I got more of that either spicy sauce or spicy crust — I’m not sure — let me see if it’s in the crust or in the sauce… I don’t think it’s in the breading — the
heat. Is it? I can’t tell. Or is it a sauce thing? I’m not sure if the heat is coming from
the breading or the sauce, or if it’s a combination of both. But I like it. In
terms of level of heat, I would say this is on par with a Chick-fil-A. This one might
slightly be hotter, or perhaps is a different type of heat. This heat, rather
than being kind of on the outside of your mouth and kind of sides of your mouth, this is definitely on my tongue. It’s not unpleasant; I like it. This is also a
Louisiana-style fried chicken, so there’s a long tradition of Louisiana hot sauces
which are vinegar based — one of my favorite hot sauces, for sure! So I’m
trying to discern if I taste any of that Louisiana-style hot sauce. And I don’t
necessarily. It’s kind of similar to Chick-fil-A also in the sense that
this is kind of this all-encompassing heat rather than kind of chili flavor. Mm-hmm. So I really like the inclusion of
the spice — I feel like it adds another layer of complexity to the sandwich:
you’ve got the different textures going on; you’ve got the big crunch of the
fried chicken; you’ve got the crunch of the dill pickle;
you’ve got the softness of the bread; and then you’ve got the pull and the juiciness of
the chicken. This is a well-made sandwich. I like it. I think of the two sandwiches
I would say Popeyes ekes out Chick-fil-A by just a little bit. And I think
it’s more of a textural thing for me. I really enjoy that big, crunchy fried
chicken coating on the outside, but on the other hand I like the fact that
Chick-fil-A I can just simply order a sandwich if I just want a sandwich — I
don’t have to order an entire meal. I like that. I don’t feel like I’m asking
too much by simply asking for one sandwich. So a portion of the proceeds of
this video are going to the ACLU, or the American Civil Liberties Union. Please consider clicking the link down below and donating to the ACLU to support
civil liberties of all Americans. Thank you guys so much for joining me; I hope
you guys enjoyed that one; I hope you guys learned something; please let me
know what you think of this sandwich, or if you haven’t seen my other chicken
video check that one out give me your thoughts — I want to know.
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