The chicken wars of 2019 have been in full swing and it seems like we have our winner. Across the country, people have been going wild for Popeyes' limited edition chicken sandwich. So wild, in fact, that the chain smugly announced that they had completely sold out of the fried chicken sandwich.
The announcement has caused a viral storm, with people who have had the sandwich boasting as though they're part of some elite group, and those that are yet to try it backing away from stores with grumbling tums.
But it seems that Popeyes has some serious competition, with Taco Bell launching Chicken Tenders in a bid to be the best. Keep scrolling to learn more...
The legendary Popeyes chicken sandwich is easily on the "elite tier" of chicken...
What's in it?
I think that the secret is in the new buttermilk coating...According to Popeyes' website, this is exactly what a Popeyes chicken sandwich involves: "A tender all-white meat chicken breast fillet, marinated in an authentic blend of Louisiana seasonings, then hand-battered and breaded in our all-new buttermilk coating. Served with crisp barrel cured pickles and Classic or Spicy Mayonnaise, served on a warm and toasted buttery brioche bun."
Could the secret be in the pickle?
via: ShutterstockI mean, I don't know about you, but having yet to try one of these insanely good chicken sandwiches yet myself, the secrets as to why they're so good are still a mystery to me! Frankly, the sound of "crisp barrel-cured pickles" certainly caught my attention.
Popeyes has always had some pretty big celebrity fans...Beyonce has certainly made her allegiance to the fried chicken joint clear throughout the years. I wonder if she got to try one of the legendary chicken sandwiches...
But Popeyes has been at war with rival chicken chain, Chick-fil-A, all summer.
via: PennLiveThe two fried chicken chains have not exactly been quiet about their rivalry, and fans of the two restaurants have felt as though they have had to pick a side. Just like with the Cola and Pepsi wars, this year, we've been asking: who does the best fried chicken sandwich?
But will Popeyes stay the same after all this media attention?The chain has already displayed a level of conceitedness equivalent to Kim K publishing a book of her own selfies... Can a fried chicken restaurant chain be considered arrogant?
Popeyes is enjoying winding up its competitors on Twitter...
Sounds like someone just ate one of our biscuits. Cause y’all looking thirsty. https://t.co/89eqI5vk2z— Popeyes Chicken (@Popeyes Chicken)1566259813.0
Popeyes loves teasing Chick-fil-A the most.
... y’all good? https://t.co/lPaTFXfnyP— Popeyes Chicken (@Popeyes Chicken)1566237504.0
The two fried chicken restaurants don't just taunt each other over social media...
🤣👏 SHOTS FIRED! This is getting more & more entertaining by the day... well done!!@PopeyesChicken @ChickfilA https://t.co/ynkBrrSOXD— Carmen Blackwell (@Carmen Blackwell)1566930005.0
The chicken sandwich wars...
One day our children will ask us, where were you during the chicken sandwich wars of ‘19. https://t.co/U62Vr3030X— Prentice Penny (@Prentice Penny)1566319140.0
This is how serious they are about that Popeyes chicken sandwich https://t.co/fSBZNvO6oy— Brian Hooven (@Brian Hooven)1566866618.0
Is it worth the hype?
I can confirm, without a fraction of a doubt, that this is a chicken sandwich fit for a God. The hype is real. 10/1… https://t.co/4A0xawAnss— Ava (@Ava)1566266918.0
Now that the sandwiches are sold out everybody wants to know what they taste like.
This girl on snap posted a picture of the Popeyes chicken sandwich and I asked her if it was worth the hype......an… https://t.co/bGpann3h59— Omar🇻🇪 (@Omar🇻🇪)1566955470.0
Popeyes has released a statement about what happened.
JUST IN: @PopeyesChicken statement on running out of Chicken Sandwiches. Supply forecasted to last 7 weeks sold o… https://t.co/zBdZS7V3vj— Darren Rovell (@Darren Rovell)1566939944.0
I'll tell you who must be glad that the sandwiches have sold out: Popeyes workers.
We are now giving away FREE Sup Dogs to all @PopeyesChicken employees (in-uniform). Working in a restaurant is an… https://t.co/O25UBu58S2— Sup Dogs (@Sup Dogs)1566939744.0
But it now seems that those Popeyes workers will be getting that well-deserved break...Because there's some new competition in town.
Taco Bell are now on the scene...And they have a new menu item that puts it in competition with chicken chains like Chick-fil-A and Popeyes.
Introducing... the Crispy Tortilla Chicken Tenders.
via: Kate TaylorAccording to reports, Taco Bell said they would begin testing its new crispy tortilla chicken tenders in Houston, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this week before launching the menu item nationally next year.
They're a pretty good value for money...
via: Taco BellCustomers can try the tenders in a taco for $2, or get 2 tenders for $3 or 3 tenders for $4. They can also get them in the chain's $5 and $7 boxes.