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Chicken Fight

The chicken sandwich has cemented itself as an American fast-food staple. After the sellout success of the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich in 2019, over 20 fast food brands began offering a chicken sandwich. Chick-Fil-A claims to have invented the chicken sandwich in 1946, but this claim is rejected by many today as a marketing ploy. However, most chicken sandwich fans are in it for the taste rather than the history; so The Mess reviewed popular chicken sandwiches around Seattle and ranked them purely by taste.  


  1. McDonald’s Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich: $4.99

This budget staple stacks up surprisingly well against the competition. The bun is toasted to perfection, topped with pickles and lathered in a spicy pepper sauce. The patty itself has a solid combination of tenderness and crunchiness, but is not exceptional in either category. 

  1. Shake Shack’s Chick’n Shack: $8.39

This upscale fast-food chain offers a tasty chicken sandwich, made with a crispy and juicy fried chicken breast, topped with lettuce, pickles, and buttermilk herb mayo.The chicken was slightly soggy, but this was made up for by high quality ingredients. Overall, it was a strong sandwich but didn’t top Shake Shack’s incredible burger lineup. 

  1. Popeyes’ Spicy Chicken Sandwich: $4.99

This spicy sandwich features a crispy and flavorful fried chicken breast, topped with pickles and a spicy mayo sauce. This was the sandwich that started the chicken sandwich craze, and it is still one of the best and cheapest sandwiches on the market. 

  1. Chick-Fil-A’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich: $5.69

This classic sandwich features a tender and juicy chicken breast, topped with dill pickle chips, and served on a toasted buttered bun. The sandwich itself was comparable to Popeye’s, but what took it over the top was the amount of quality sauces offered at Chick-Fil-A, that turn every bite into a canvas of flavor. Sauces to try include the Chick-fil-A and honey barbeque sauces. 

  1. Milk Drunk Original Chicken Sandwich:  $13.00

This sandwich was nothing short of spectacular. While it may not be fair to compare a gourmet chicken sandwich to fast-food ones, this sandwich was too good to ignore. The chicken had a great level of crunchiness to it and was supported by a perfect blend of ingredients including a mustard slaw and sliced avocado. Milk Drunk’s sandwich was a step above fast-food quality, although this is to be expected when spending $13 on a sandwich. 


While these are some of Seattle’s most popular chicken sandwiches, there are many other options to choose from. Ultimately, the best sandwich will come down to personal preference. Whether you prefer a classic option or something more spicy and flavorful, there’s a chicken sandwich out there for everyone. 

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