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Chicken Sandwich War Challenge: Sonic's Chicken Slinger

Sonic Chicken Slinger
Sonic's Chicken Slinger

By Mike Thayer

There's been a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food, it started in 2019 and it's still going on today.  

Shots fired!  Chick-fil-A made headlines in 2019 becoming the third largest fast food chain, led with their classic chicken sandwich.  Popeyes reacted by putting a new chicken sandwich on the menu and consumers went crazy over it, so crazy in fact, Popeyes ran out of ammo. Already armed with a spicy chicken sandwich, Wendy's entered the battlefield that year by bringing back their spicy chicken nuggets, fans of the item went in a Twitter frenzy.  

Popeye's Chicken Sandwich has been so popular, it is now considered THE gold standard for a chicken sandwich.  So how do all the other fast food joints stack up?  In the name of 'food science' (cough), I intend to find out. 

In this Chicken Sandwich War Challenge, sandwiches are evaluated and scored on the following criteria:  Visual appeal, the meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, crunch factor, the pickle/mayo and of course, overall taste.  There are 1-9 points available for each category for a total possible total score of 63. 

Sonic Chicken Slinger
The only reason I got pickle in every bite is because the sandwich was slider size

I recently sampled Sonic's Crispy Chicken Slinger.  This isn't a full size sandwich, it's more of a slider, but it's got all the ingredients necessary for the Chicken Sandwich War:  Fried chicken, a bun, pickles and mayo.   Here's the description from the Sonic website:  Juicy all white-meat chicken, pickles and mayo served on a brioche bun.

Sonic's sandwich is a pea shooter in the Chicken Sandwich War.

The sandwich had a decent visual appeal and I was looking forward to that first bite but in taking it, I was like, "Looks better than it tastes."  The chicken was kind of boring, the breading was under-seasoned, although the meat itself was juicy.  The biggest downer was the lack of crunch.  The Brioche bun was nice, providing that desired 'pillowy' element to the sandwich and the meat to bun ratio was slider ration good.  But in continuing the lack of flavor, the mayo and pickles were unspectacular.   In the overall taste factor, this was a very average chicken sandwich.

Sonic Chicken Slinger sandwich
Looked better than it tasted

I paid just $6.69 for my Sonic Chicken Slinger combo meal with the sandwich scoring 46 out of 63 possible points.  While the combo meal was reasonably priced, this sandwich is very average and NOT a repeat buy.  I gave it 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

3 stars

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I have recently embarked on the same enterprise, though I am not recording the results for posterity. I have been doing mine without combos, each sandwich has to stand on their own. Just had this one today for the first time.

So far among what I've tried, I would say KCF = Chick-File > Sonic Slinger > McDonalds >>> Burger King. I wish we had a Popeye's here so I could get them in the mix.

The slinger was really good and only 3.50 with tax if you get the sandwich alone. A little small as you note. I need to figure out what other fast food places nearby have an official post 2019 entry into the fray.

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