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Chicken Sandwich War Challenge: A&W's Chicken Sliders

By Mike Thayer

A&W Chicken Sliders
A&W Chicken Sliders wrapped up like baked potatoes?

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. 

20210624_184306In 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. 

Today I sampled A&W's Chicken Sliders.  Known for their draft root beer and root beer floats, let's see how their hand breaded chicken sliders stack up against their fast food competitors.

A&W Chicken Sliders
Tasty pickles!

In taking that first bite I was hit with how juicy the chicken was and coupled with the tartness of the pickle it was a splash of flavor in the mouth!  The crunch however, was missing.  The chicken was nicely seasoned, but the lack of crunch in the breading was a downer.  The slider buns were 'pillowy' and dressed nicely with mayo.  The meat to bun ratio - excellent.  These are good sliders, but they would be great with some crunch! I will say these were the best pickles of the challenge.

I paid $4.99 for the two sliders, which equates to a regular sized sandwich.  The A&W Chicken Sliders scored 55 out of a possible 63 points, a much better score than competitor Sonic's Chicken sliders.  With that score of 55, the sliders get 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and is worthy of a repeat buy, but there are better chicken sandwich offerings out there.

4 stars

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