All 15 quick-meals rooster sandwiches out there in N.J., rated from worst to finest

Rooster sandwich war, what is it fantastic for? Surely not my waistline.

Weight loss plans be damned, the rooster sandwich war is again on. A long time following Popeyes clucked — sorry, shocked — the environment with its rooster sandwich in the summer season of 2019, McDonald’s finished the saucy ceasefire by launching a new rooster sandwich of its possess very last thirty day period. Mickey D’s is just a person of several quick-food items chains to update their choose on the dish just lately.

It is Environment Hen Sandwich War II.

Back again in 2019, I judged the new Popeyes sandwich in opposition to the tried out and true Chick-fil-A sandwich. In 2021, I I have an even additional onerous endeavor — rating every single speedy-food stuff rooster sandwich in the great state of New Jersey.

Spicy hen sandwiches are naturally much better (in my not-so-humble opinion), but not each chain offers just one. So to degree the actively playing area, I received the typical rooster sandwich at each and every juncture.

Let’s get to flapping. I mean, eating.

A hen sandwich from Arby’s. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

As I pulled up to the Arby’s drive-via, I was imagining to myself how the roast beef-centric chain gets a undesirable rap. It may well have been a single of Jon Stewart’s favorite punching baggage, but each time I have absent there for a story, it’s been at the very least first rate. Heck, its curly fries are wonderful. But then I took a person chunk of this tremendous-salty sandwich and practically spit it out. Dammit, Arby’s. I trustworthy you.

White Castle chicken sandwich

A rooster sandwich from White Castle. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Oh, White Castle. My appreciate. I expended Valentine’s Working day with you in 2020. Now you’re breaking my coronary heart. Okay, evaluating a slider to a bunch of regular-sized sandwiches may possibly be unfair. But your cheeseburger sliders have been punching over their bodyweight for yrs. Really don’t get me incorrect, I completed your chicken breast slider. But I did not enjoy it. Rubbery hen and plastic cheese. You are far better than this.

Roy Rogers chicken sandwich

A chicken sandwich from Roy Rogers. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Progress Media for NJ.com)

Any time men and women inform me they would like they experienced my career, I’m tempted to inform them that my assignments have taken me to the Molly Pitcher Support Area more periods than I’d treatment to admit. With the two a Roy Rogers and an Arthur Treacher’s, it is fundamentally a quickly foods purgatory — stuffed with soggy roast beef and fried fish, only salvaged by the scent of Cinnabon wafting through the air. But aged Roy stunned me with this one. Turns out putting bacon on a hen sandwich, along with barbecue sauce, is variety of fool-evidence. The chicken is much from best and the bacon is not terrific texturally, but the taste is there.

Wendy's chicken sandwich

A rooster sandwich from Wendy’s (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

How the mighty have fallen. Wendy’s used to have the ideal hen sandwich in the match. I’d say it is just the rest of the competitors stepping up their attempts that clarifies why Wendy’s dropped this significantly, but I have to acknowledge — this sandwich just ain’t what it employed to be. Though the rooster by itself is decently moist, there was no crunch at all.

Dairy Queen chicken sandwich

A chicken sandwich from Dairy Queen. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Progress Media for NJ.com)

Dairy Queen’s great treats are far better than its warm eats — give me a blizzard around its greatest burger any day. But its rooster sandwich is serviceable. Crispy, very hot and juicy — while the rooster by itself was a tad beneath-seasoned.

Sonic chicken sandwich

A hen sandwich from Sonic. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Progress Media for NJ.com)

Remember what a massive offer it was when Sonic ultimately arrived to New Jersey in 2007? Lines were being so extended they spilled out into the freeway. Sonic’s commercials are sadly greater than its food, which is not substantially better than McDonald’s if I’m sincere. Its hen sandwich has a respectable kick of taste, but is very lackluster in the texture section.

Checkers chicken sandwich

A rooster sandwich from Checkers. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

There are not several Checkers in New Jersey, but just about every time I go to just one I request myself, “Why never I occur here much more normally?” Its chicken sandwich arrives with a zesty sauce that tends to make up for a absence of crunch. It also has the best name on the record.

KFC chicken sandwich

A hen sandwich from KFC. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Progress Media for NJ.com)

When it arrives to fast-food items fried hen, KFC is a distant next to Popeyes. This is not up for discussion. Popeyes’ chicken is simply much better. This information had me pessimistic when it arrived to The Colonel’s chicken sandwich, but I was pleasantly astonished. Pretty crispy chicken offers way to a decently juicy interior. A little bit on the salty aspect, but I’d be expecting nothing less from KFC.

Smashburger chicken sandwich

A hen sandwich from Smashburger. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Progress Media for NJ.com)

Pink onion on a hen sandwich! Smashburger will get key factors for the freshest toppings on any of the sandwiches I tried using for this poultry celebration. The texture was pleasant and crunchy, but the hen itself could have employed a little bit a lot more taste.

Burger King chicken sandwich

A chicken sandwich from Burger King. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Progress Media for NJ.com)

I keep in mind Burger King’s chicken sandwich applied to just feel like a enormous hen finger on a roll. That is no lengthier the circumstance, as the king has up-to-date its recipe to be far more like a basic rooster sandwich. Practically nothing stood out about this sandwich — in a very good way or lousy way. Good crunch and flavor.

Jolibee

A fried rooster sandwich from Jollibee. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

I had minimal expectations for this 1. I was amazed when I went to the Jollibee that opened in Edison in excess of the summer season, but not by its chicken. Its burger and desserts stole the exhibit. But the Filipino rapid food feeling modified my brain with its rooster sandwich, one of the most substantial ones I sampled of the bunch. The crispy exterior of the chicken was outpaced by only one other sandwich on the listing.

Popeyes chicken sandwich

A rooster sandwich from Popeyes. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

The salty, savory salvo that started off the chicken wars. I attested two years in the past when this fried fracas started that Popeyes’ rooster sandwich was really, really good but not the best. I even now come to feel that way. I have read from some that the sandwich has dipped in excellent, and it wasn’t really as flavorful as I remembered it. The crunch is continue to elite, the most effective of any chicken sandwich I experienced. If texture is the most essential part of a hen sandwich, look no feather — sorry, even more.

McDonald's chicken sandwich

A chicken sandwich from McDonald’s. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Progress Media for NJ.com)

The whole reason I started off this crispy quest. I have a healthy regard for McDonald’s — its fries are elite, and I can take pleasure in a Huge Mac a few situations a yr. But each and every time it releases one thing new, I’m a bit suspect. It seldom provides. I have also prolonged dismissed the McChicken, its basic hen sandwich, as a center-of-the-pack speedy-foods product. But wow, McDonald’s came correct with its update on the chicken sandwich. The bun is buttery and toasted, the pickles add a nice briny chunk. And the chicken itself arrives close to replicating the tenderness and juiciness of Chick-fil-A. Colour me amazed, Ronald.

Shake Shack chicken sandwich

A rooster sandwich from Shake Shack. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

Does Shake Shack are living up to the hoopla? I try to remember waiting in line for virtually an hour to get my to start with burger back again in 2012. It is actually good, but not hold out-in-line-for-an-hour great. Luckily, I did not have to hold out lengthy for its rooster sandwich, and I was as amazed by it as any of Shake Shack’s celebrated burger choices. The rooster alone was perfectly-fried and crisp, even though even now currently being exceptionally juicy. The buttermilk herb mayo was a wonderful contact, and the bun held up to the heaping sandwich very well.

Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich

A rooster sandwich from Chick-fil-A. (Jeremy Schneider | NJ Progress Media for NJ.com)

The king stays the king. The complete package deal. Texture. Taste. I nonetheless really do not know how Chick-fil-A receives that rooster to be crunchy and crispy on the exterior and even now so tender and juicy on the within, but it’s a culinary wonder. And no other sandwich on this listing arrives shut to matching Chick-fil-A’s flavor — its classic rooster sandwich has much more than some competitors’ spicy versions. Oh yes, and Chick-fil-A sauce is the most effective condiment in the fast-food items video game. I really don’t know if Chick-fil-A invented the hen sandwich like it promises, but it undoubtedly makes the very best just one.

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