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

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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  1. I would complain about making you buy a combo cause here in Houston you can buy it as a sandwich. Great review I’m at Popeyes right now at this moment lol getting my chicken sandwich on!!!!

  2. I just got the Popeye's sandwich by itself yesterday 3.99 ! It took me 8 weeks to get one! I like it better than Chic fil with the sauce and the crust and a bit larger. I am bringing my own sriracha mayo next time I like a lot of kick, but it is a good sandwich that I will have every couple weeks.

  3. The pickles look better on popeyes sandwich. Thick crispy pickle, wish more fast food places used those kind of pickles.

  4. The ACLU is an un-American and Marxist political organization. They are not a charity. Do not become a useful tool, Emmy.

  5. So sad…why did you have to go political? Aclu is so liberal bias..theydo not stand for civil liberties instead are liberal bullies that bully their politics to get their way.

  6. Oh aight chick😤‼️🖕🏾n btw Emmy at the Popeyes I work at u can order jus a sandwich for 4.39 ion know why u can’t do it there

  7. Thank you for your review for the second time this time spicy, you described it very, you make me hungry lol I wanted a sandwich right then lol no but really you described it really so thank you hugs

  8. Emmy, I love watching your videos….particularly when you're doing the "mmmmm hmmmmm" whilst eating something you really enjoy. I love getting that reaction when people eat my food, and even though I didn't make it, I still love to see peoples reactions to yummy food. The only "negative" I would have is politicizing your video by promoting the ACLU…..I'll still watch your great videos…I'm not a "boycotter", I just wish you'd leave politics out…there's too much of that these days. Have a great weekend!

  9. The Popeyes sandwiches are absolutely available standalone outside of a meal combo- the employee completely mislead you for whatever reason

  10. $8.09…and 45 minutes for a fast food sandwich…heck NO! I can get a real meal at a Chinese Buffet for less then that.

    P.S. I make better pickles.

  11. I found the popeyes spicy mayo to be too harsh. If you get the regular chickfila sandwich with pepperjack cheese it balances it out with just a little bite without compromising the flavor overall. Chickfila's spicy sandwich's first bite is great but gets overpowering by your last bite.

  12. That’s bullshit that they made you purchase the entire meal!? I can purchase just the sandwich by itself where I live.

  13. That employee lied. They do sell just the sandwich. Saw it today on the menu, sandwich only or combo meal. Smh. Sassy fast food workers.

  14. That employee at Popeyes definitely was being shady with meal thing. They sell the sandwich by itself if you want to. It’s only 3.99. But they were trying to get more money out of people.

  15. The ACLU turned down approx 15 causes of people who blatantly had their rights breached in the last 2 yrs, out of political pressure, so sorry, gonna have to give that a HUGE pass.

  16. That's so weird, here in Canada we don't have a chick fil a and at Popeyes you can just order the sandwich alone without a meal if you want too and most locations in the states I think are like that too, was the place you went to a food court in a mall? Most mall locations of various fast food places don't have certain items on the menu or they make you order meals or charge extra for sauces ect. Or no refills on fountain pops, I think it might have just been the location of Popeyes you went too. Great video anyways, thanks for uploading!

  17. Took it off my list today ( nobody got shot! )
    Waste of time. Took 9 minutes in line. Ate both types with a red rice and beans and always (Enjoy) Coke ! it's a good sandwich, I'll enjoy a couple here and there no big dill

  18. That person taking your order lied to you Emmy. I bought 6 individual sandwiches last night for my family without any sides or making any of them a meal. The sandwiches are 3.99 each.

  19. Oh please! Popeyes couldn't put a pimple.on Chick-fil-A's but there is no comparison Chick-fil-A is the bomb Popeyes is just a bunch of seasoned breading with fake nasty chicken in the middle gross

  20. Here in California I have never seen a chicken breast that big on a Chik-Fil-A sandwich. Always as big or smaller than the bun. Been to Chik-Fil-A's from San Diego San Jose.

  21. Popeye’s chicken sandwich is a chicken thigh, which I find ridiculous. I don’t get why everyone is making a huge deal over a spicy breaded chicken thigh?

  22. Super annoying that they made you buy the meal but glad you were able to try the sandwich….that location you ordered from is messed up….don’t go back there….you can just order the sandwich itself

  23. That popeyes location is bs. For one you are able to grab the sandwich alone if you want to, second….45min wait???? Its like 10 to 15 cars in the drive through out here everytime and still doesn't take that long. Oh well.

  24. What's the big deal Wendy's spicy chicken been around for years…it's still great tasting without pickles and never got this much hype like these low level fast food chains. Maybe you all just have a random fetish or interest in pickles and hot sauce. Because Wendy's chicken is way bigger.

  25. chick fil a tastes great! but leftists literally will die for the popeye's chick sandwich (two leftists assaulted each other in line, one killing the other).

  26. Automatic thumbs down for giving money to that hate organization, Chick-fil-A. C'mon Emmy! Wendy's has a very nice spicy chicken sandwich you could use for comparison and they don't hate gay ppl.

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