If fried chicken weren’t so darn unhealthy, I’d love to eat it every day. It is definitely a delicious food that goes well as both lunch and dinner – and even breakfast when paired with a waffle. So when a pair of people ordered fried chicken from four fast food restaurants, they held a taste test to see which one was the best. And after their “exhaustive” scrutiny they determined which chain provides the best fried chicken for the public.
The answer might surprise you, but now that you know who is the best, you have no excuse.
Readers will be envious of the two writers from Insider who were tasked with defining the best fried chicken restaurant out there. The periodical hired Sarah Schmalbruch, a food and travel writer, and Ciara Applebaum, a writer, to try fried chicken from Chick-fil-A, Church’s, KFC, and Popeye’s and determine, once and for all, who serves the best fried chicken.
Before they set out biting into succulent pieces of fried chicken, they came up with some criteria. They determined that a “good piece of fried chicken has to achieve the difficult balance of being crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Not all restaurants get it right, which is why we set out to find which ones do.”
Chick-fil-A was the first chain they tried. They had high hopes for the Christian restaurant. They ordered three chicken strips and spent about $5. And they were disappointed at first.
“Our first reaction to seeing the strips was disappointment… That said, part of the (small) size discrepancy stemmed from the fact that this chicken does not come on-the-bone and appears to be ground up meat.”
In other words, Chick-fil-A is not serving “real chicken.” But the taste testers loved the breading and “the chicken had just the right amount of tenderness.”
With 1,700 locations across the globe, if you haven’t had Church’s fried chicken, you haven’t lived. They ordered the 3-piece meal. It came with a biscuit and cost just over $5. “At first bite, we were struck by the overall juiciness of the chicken and the perfect crunch of the breading.”
While the chicken was flavored, the breading was bland.
They ordered a two-piece meal for $6.
At first, “we were super disappointed. The chicken was very mediocre. The meat was incredibly dry compared to the others.”
They were eager to try the chicken that was “marinated for at least 12 hours then hand-battered, hand-breaded, and bursting with bold Louisiana flavor.”
When they bit into it, “we were immediately impressed with the first bite. This chicken had everything. The inside was just as juicy as Church’s, yet the breading was full of delicious flavor and seasoning.”
The winner was clear. The food writers picked Popeye’s.
According to them, you should shop for fried chicken in this order, Popeye’s, Church’s, Chick-fil-A and finally KFC.
Does this taste test change the way you’ll shop for fried chicken? Which location is your favorite for this popular fast food?
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