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Popeye’s Has A New Fried Chicken Sandwich—And People Are Saying It’s Better Than Chick-Fil-A’s

Have you tried this yet?

A good fried chicken sandwich is a favorite guilty pleasure for a lot of people, and now there’s a new kid on the block ready to compete in the category. Fried chicken purveyor Popeye’s has introduced a fried chicken sandwich, and so far, the fast-food chain is having trouble keeping up with demand.

Since its debut on Aug. 12, locations across the country have sold out of the new menu item.

The sandwich includes a buttermilk-battered and hand-breaded white meat chicken filet and is served on a buttery, toasted brioche bun with two barrel-cured pickles. You can opt for classic mayo or a spicy Cajun spread.

Check it out in this photo posted to Popeye’s Instagram:

“Chicken. Brioche. Pickles. New. Sandwich. Popeyes. Nationwide. So. Good. Forgot. How. Speak. In. Complete. Sandwiches. I mean, sentences,” read the caption.

Since it rolled out, the sandwich is drawing comparisons to other popular fast-food fried chicken sandwiches, like the one served at Chick-Fil-A. Some people definitely think Popeye’s version is giving Chick-Fil-A’s a run for their money. Even customers who thought they were loyal to Chick-Fil-A are thinking again after trying Popeye’s.

According to writer Kevin Pang at The Takeout, Popeye’s new sandwich earns points for its thick pieces of chicken, spicy kick and crunchy, popcorn-like texture.

A number of people on Twitter agree that Popeye’s offers the superior sandwich.

User @LaJethroJenkins says that Chick-Fil-A’s sandwich “doesn’t even come close” when compared with Popeye’s, calling their version “shocking”:

According to @StevenNGolden, Popeye’s not only has the better sandwich, it has better lemonade to boot:

Wendy’s also decided to insert themselves into the debate, declaring their chicken sandwich the best of the bunch:

To compare all three, @hammel11 used an analogy of different type of people you might have in your life:

Looks like there may be a food fight in the works! MarketWatch noted last month that Chick-Fil-A has the momentum and is taking business from other chains, including McDonald’s, Popeye’s, KFC, and Wendy’s. Could Popeye’s new sandwich be a game changer?

Will you give the Popeye’s fried chicken sandwich a try?