I Tried Chicken Sandwiches From Canada's Top Chains & The Winner Was Miles Above The Rest
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There's no doubt that fried chicken sandwiches are a super popular fast food item, with every major chain coming up with its own version of this crispy former clucker.
Which is why I ventured out to find the best fried chicken sandwich in Canada's top fast food chains, and the winner was really, REALLY good.
I opted to try chicken sandwiches from McDonald's, A&W, Wendy's, Mary Brown's and Popeyes, as those are more national brands and all immediately available to me in Toronto.
So if I left off your favourite — I'm sorry!
And I ordered the most basic chicken sandwich I could find from each. However, some had different toppings than others.
That being said, let's dive into the chicken sandwiches.
The McChicken sandwich.
First on the docket is the classic McChicken. This is maybe the most ordered sandwich on this list and not without good reason.
There's a good amount of sauce and it's wonderfully simple. However, compared to some of the other menu items I tried, I felt like this sandwich seemed to be lacking in the flavour department.
The fried chicken feels more like a large chicken nugget than a piece of meat from an actual animal, and pales in comparison to other chicken sandwiches I tried.
Ultimately, this gets the job done, but was my least favourite of all that I tried.
A&W Chicken Buddy
The Chicken Buddy.
This is one of many chicken sandwiches you can get at A&W, with the main differences between them being sizes, toppings and spices.
This sandwich felt like the missing link between the McChicken style and the more classic fried chicken sandwiches.
With pickles, sauce and a piece of fried chicken, it was small, simple and really well executed.
And I found it pretty good! So much so that I'd probably order the larger one in the future!
Wendy's Classic Chicken Sandwich
The Wendy's chicken sandwich.
Growing up, the closest Wendy's was at least three hours away, so this is maybe the third time I've ever eaten there.
And I was pleasantly surprised by what that pig-tailed girl cooked up!
This sandwich comes with tomato, lettuce, pickles and mayo, and it really delivers. The chicken is really well-seasoned and tastes fresh.
The pickles dance across the flavour profile of the sandwich really well too.
This is a slam dunk by Wendy's and really deserves its bronze medal
Mary Brown's Big Mary
The Mary Brown's Big Mary.
As a proud Canadian, you know I had to try one of the few Canada-only chicken chains out there.
On my visit, I tried the Big Mary, classic not spicy, and let me say this was a real winner.
The chicken was incredibly crispy, even with the ample toppings and the bun had a really nice slightly sweet taste that balanced out the richness of the rest of the sandwich.
My only critique is that it had a bit too much in the way of mayo, but that's a random personal quirk I have about sauce, so I can't really hold it against Mary Brown and her chicken. It still comes in a very close second.
Popeyes' chicken Sandwich
The Popeye's chicken sandwich.
And finally, there's Popeye's chicken sandwich, which is priced slightly higher than the rest here.
Now, this is my first time ever having Popeyes, and it's clear that I have been gravely missing out on some great food.
This chicken sandwich honestly gives some of the local, non-chain restaurant sandwiches I've had a run for their money.
The chicken is wonderfully fried and beautifully juicy, and the toppings work with everything perfectly.
During my taste test, the bun didn't get soggy, and the chicken stayed crispy despite the generous amount of sauce and pickles.
I had my mind blown by this sandwich. This might be a perfect fast food item.
And if you liked my takes here, check out what I thought was the best fast food chain coffee, poutine and fries!