1. The Dairy Queen’s
Dairy Queen, howdy. It is surprising that Dairy Queen has persisted in serving heated food for decades, given that there is no logical reason for an ice cream establishment to do so. Since the 1980s, when burgers and fries were first introduced to the DQ menu, it was only natural that chicken sandwiches would soon follow suit.
Unfortunately, the breaded chicken sandwich from Dairy Queen is subpar in every way. One might anticipate that a sandwich bearing the appellation “crispy” would indeed be crisp, but this particular sandwich is anything but. It would be a blessing if the chicken was not served at room temperature or below, and the patty was merely average. Additionally, the bun and garnishes transform this chicken sandwich into something more appropriate for a school cafeteria: they lack flavor, are unremarkable, and fail to inspire. While a simple lettuce and tomato sandwich may not seem particularly groundbreaking, Dairy Queen could have made an effort to incorporate some degree of originality into it. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
2. White Castle’s
While the fact that many of the restaurants on this list have eventually introduced chicken to their menus is undoubtedly a positive development, White Castle is an exception. White Castle, the birthplace of the classic slider, is a site that elicits strong feelings of either admiration or disdain. While some individuals swear by sliders, others avoid them at all costs. Putting the beef slider aside, what about the poultry slider? It is a derogatory remark towards poultry sandwiches of all sizes and shapes.
The chicken breast slider from White Castle is problematic to the greatest extent that it consists of almost nothing. A poultry patty and a bun are both present. Although cheese could be added to the order, poultry sandwiches do not require it in the same way that burgers do. Otherwise, all you have is a depressingly bland and extremely dry sandwich. Although White Castle may perceive allowing customization as a favor, in our opinion, this chicken sandwich is merely subpar, regardless of the amount of sauce that is applied.
3. Jack in the Box
By no means is Jack in the Box a terrible fast food restaurant. It provides an extensive menu, including sandwiches, tacos, shakes, and breakfast. Furthermore, any eatery that serves both varieties of fries holds a special position in our hearts. Regrettably, some items on the extensive menu are inevitably less appealing than others, and Jack in the Box fails to meet this standard.
It is noteworthy that Jack in the Box does provide a variety of chicken sandwiches, including peppery and grilled varieties. However, its traditional poultry is rather subdued, which is why it ranks so low on this list. With a chicken patty that lacks crispiness and relatively simple garnishes (lettuce and mayonnaise by default), this dish leaves much to be desired. If you limit yourself to the burgers or tacos offered by Jack in the Box, you will undoubtedly feel considerably more content.
Sonic is an additional exemplary fast food establishment that boasts a notably comprehensive menu. During those nocturnal hours when one desires a delectable dish, the traditional drive-in restaurant certainly provides. With tater tots, hamburgers, hot dogs, and burgers, Sonic has a snack to satisfy virtually anyone. However, what about poultry aficionados?
It is highly probable that individuals who are poultry aficionados have at least sampled Sonic’s chicken sandwich. One should not be overly disheartened if they have not yet attempted it; they are not omitting anything extraordinary. Sonic does deserve a few points for making the effort to include a few cucumbers. However, this purportedly “crispy” chicken sandwich lacks all of those qualities. While not the worst in the world, it is surely not the best; therefore, the next time you visit the drive-in, you would be better off sticking to a burger or coney.
5. Burger King
Burger King is one of those traditional fast food chains, comparable to McDonald’s, that is significantly less flavorful than its competitors. While the Whopper undoubtedly holds an iconic status as a sandwich, the remaining offerings are, at best, forgettable. Consequently, BK’s Original Chicken Sandwich receives a relatively low ranking on this compilation.
The fast food chain is awarded some points for offering an assortment of poultry options on its menu. Chicken aficionados have undoubtedly found alternatives among the BK Royal Crispy Chicken and the bacon and Swiss-adorned variety. However, despite its simplicity, the Original Chicken Sandwich consists solely of lettuce and mayonnaise. It may appeal to individuals who prefer uncomplicated sandwiches, but not those who appreciate savory ones. Additionally, Burger King’s sandwich is distinctive in that it is served in an elongated form, which, upon reflection, is quite peculiar. How was the chicken patty formed into an ovoid shape of such perfection? It is possible that the world will never know.
We have reached the point on this list where the sandwiches are not terrible, but they remain in a relatively low position due to the intense competition. Consider Wendy’s Classic Chicken Sandwich as an example. Wendy’s receives initial credit for consisting of traditional sandwich garnishes such as mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Is it revolutionary? No. Superior to what numerous other locations have to offer? Yes.
In regard to the poultry patty, this one is merely satisfactory. While not the crispiest or juiciest patty available, it serves its purpose. In addition to complementing the garnishes well, the sandwich is quite delicious when served with fries or a chocolate frosty. While the original chicken sandwich may not pique your interest, Wendy’s provides an extensive selection of alternative poultry options, such as a grilled chicken wrap if that suits your preferences better.
When in search of a fast food establishment that exudes a traditional Midwestern ambiance, Culver’s emerges as the preeminent choice. Although Culver’s is predominantly recognized for its flagship product, Butter Burgers, the menu also features an extensive variety of other items such as seafood, shakes, malts, and cheese curds.
Furthermore, an extensive selection of Culver’s menu includes the Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Appetizers such as tomato, pickles, and grated lettuce are acceptable yet familiar additions to this one. The patty is sufficiently moist, and the sandwich as a whole is perfectly satisfactory. Although we might not actively pursue it, it would not be excessively disappointing if someone placed an order for it. However, merely adequate is insufficient; considering the extensive range of chicken sandwiches available, it is all too easy to become unremarkable and fail to capture the attention that is required.
Sincerity be damned, Checkers is one of those fast food establishments that tends to go unnoticed, and for good reason. Although there are undoubtedly some Checkers aficionados in the world, the restaurant does not present a particularly formidable opponent. Nevertheless, its Classic Mother Cruncher is undeniably a viable option; in fact, its appellation merits a minimum of one bonus point.
The sandwich’s triumph is predicated on the sauce, which is deftly distributed across both the upper and lower breads. Particularly with a chicken sandwich, sauciness is essential, as even the juiciest morsels have a relatively neutral flavor profile. This one contains Checkers’ “Squawk Sauce,” which is undoubtedly superior to basic mayonnaise but not as good as Raising Cane’s or Chick-fil-A sauce. The Mother Cruncher, similar to numerous other sandwiches, comprises the classic trifecta of lettuce, tomato, and pickle. However, this aspect of the sandwich cannot be criticized.
9. Hardee’s and Carl Jr.’s
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s were previously two distinct fast food franchises; however, your encounter with either brand will be contingent upon the state in which you find yourself. Although everything is a bit confusing, the cuisine is identical at every location, including the chicken sandwich.
At minimum, the Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s iteration appears unassuming at first glance. It is casually attired, consisting of a chicken patty sandwiched between two buns, accompanied by discreet garnishes of pickles and mayonnaise. It is remarkably successful for such a simple sandwich; the chicken patty achieves the ideal combination of crispiness and moisture. The choice of garnishes is tasteful, as the pickles impart acidity and crunchiness that contrast with the otherwise savory flavors and the mayonnaise imparts just the right amount of moisture to the sandwich.
The drive-thru at Arby’s is seldom frequented by individuals seeking a chicken sandwich. They may have arrived in search of a roast beef sandwich or curly fries; however, a poultry sandwich? It is extremely unlikely. However, it is worth noting that Arby’s Classic Crispy Chicken Sandwich is surprisingly good and should be on the radar of more individuals.
Arby’s menu item, which consists of a sesame seed baguette, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and a chicken patty that is reasonably crisp, is not exactly novel. However, it lives up to its “classic” moniker admirably; it is a well-balanced chicken sandwich, and its simplicity is to its benefit. Does this delicacy pose a significant challenge to the roast beef sandwiches offered by Arby’s? While it is indeed challenging to find a sandwich that surpasses the traditional roast beef. It goes without saying that Arby’s delivered on its meat claims, and if poultry is your preferred cut of meat, then this is a viable alternative. Jollibee is an unusual entry on this list. Upon initial examination, the Original Chicken Sandwich seems to be deficient in one or more aspects. In fact, the original chicken sandwich from Jollibee does not include any vegetable garnishes; rather, it is laden with not one but two layers of rich mayonnaise. It is inconceivable that it would work, it ought not to work, yet it does
The sole reason for the tremendous success of Jollibe’s sandwich, which contains almost no filling, is because the chicken is that delicious. It is a large, fatty piece of flesh that is simultaneously incredibly crispy and incredibly juicy. Because it is so flavorful, you will be thankful that this sandwich contains nothing else; it does not require any additional components. However, for those with a penchant for unique condiments, the Filipino chain does provide alternative chicken sandwiches, one of which features jalapeños and sriracha mayonnaise for those who prefer their chicken with a kick.