The ripple effects from the debut of Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich two years ago are still being felt today, with another chicken sandwich entering the fast food fray by way of Shake Shack’s new Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich. This new offering makes its debut on the Shake Shack summer menu from July 1 through October 4.
Boasting a honey-glazed fried chicken breast and slathered with habanero mayo sauce, the Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich accompanies Hot Honey chicken bites, and Hot Honey Fries on the upcoming seasonal menu.
Beyond that, the new Summer Menu will also cool you down with new shakes and mocktails, which include a Lime Agave Margarita and Watermelon Mint Mojito.
Burger King is showing support towards LGBTQ+ causes during Pride Month in a big way, tying their new chicken sandwich to donations the chain will give.
For the entire month of June, every purchase of a new Burger King Ch’King sandwich will send 40 cents from the chain’s coffers to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in the United States.
*6/3-6/30 with every Ch’King sold, BK will contribute 40₵ to the Human Rights Campaign (Max. donation $250k)
Burger King made the announcement with a light jab at fast food rival Chick-fil-A, saying they will have the promotion available “even on Sundays.”
Chick-fil-A, notorious for being closed on Sundays, has been tied to multiple anti-LGBTQ controversies. Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy has made contributions as recently as this year to the National Christian Charitable Foundation, an organization attempting to derail the Equality Act currently sitting in Congress, according to Esquire.
Of course, Chick-fil-A itself has stopped making similar charitable donations since late 2019, but the owner does reap the profits of the fried chicken business, and those could easily convert to the aforementioned contributions.
It is known across the fast food industry that employees of companies, as well as CEOs of the drive-thru empires, do make several political contributions to political action committees (PACs) and other organizations that lobby and fight for causes. However, the corporations themselves do not make these donations.
In Burger King’s case, their larger parent company, 3G Capital, donated just $20 in 2020, all of which went to the Republican National Committee, as reported by OpenSecrets. Employee contributions overwhelmingly favored more progressive organizations, which may be part of why Burger King is running this current promotion.
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Burger King’s reason for donating to the HRC, according to an email sent to USA Today, is that “[The LGBTQ+ community] is a community we love dearly and have proudly supported over the years, so we couldn’t miss an opportunity to take action and help shine a light on the important conversation happening.”
Popeyes broke the fast food industry last time they introduced a fried chicken sandwich, mainly because people kept commenting on how good it actually was.
The fried chicken specialists seem to have released another sandwich, but opted not to fry up the poultry this time around.
Instead, they’ve come up with a Blackened Chicken Sandwich (also available in spicy form) that’s popped up on the menu on their website. YouTuber Peep This Out!, who found the sandwich at a location in Southern California, also noted that ordering this non-fried sandwich had to be done through the Popeyes app.
The sandwich is available in classic and spicy form, both of which consist of a blackened chicken breast, pickles, mayo, and a brioche bun, making it similar in build to the viral Popeyes fried chicken sandwich.
Blackened chicken is chicken rubbed in a blend of spices that’s then cooked over high heat. It’s not fried, which gives Popeyes a possible better-for-you version of their fried chicken staple.
At this point, it’s not clear yet how long the blackened sandwich has been out or where you can get it, but Chewboom is reporting that the sandwich is a limited time offer at participating locations.
Foodbeast has also reached out to Popeyes to get more info and we’ll keep you updated as we know more.
The spicy pleasure of a jalapeno popper is a versatile snack that’s usually sequestered to the appetizer lane. Which is fine, really, but how would you feel having one as an actual meal? Wendy’s recently put this thought to the test and answered such a scenario with the debut of their new Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich.
Though the new sandwich itself doesn’t have actual jalapeno poppers in them, it as a whole captures the very essence of one. Picture Wendy’s fan favorite spicy chicken fillet topped with creamy jalapeno cream cheese, three slices of Applewood smoked bacon, warm cheddar cheese sauce, jalapeno slices, pepper jack cheese, and a premium bun.
In addition, Wendy’s has debuted alongside the sandwich a Jalapeno Popper Salad for those looking for a bit of lighter fare.
To celebrate the launch, Wendy’s is calling for taste testers, beginning February 18 to February 21, to try the new Jalapeno Popper Chicken Sandwich for free through Grubhub, with no delivery fee on orders $15 or more.
Last spring, Kentucky Fried Chicken tested their champion for the Chicken Sandwich Wars with a massive new item in Orlando.
Looks like that test was a success, and the fried chicken chain’s new sandwich is making its national debut.
The sandwich features a quarter-pound, double-breaded, all-white meat chicken breast filet atop a buttery brioche bun slathered with your choice of mayo or spicy sauce and thick and crispy pickles.
McDonald’s has also announced the debut of three chicken sandwiches to their menu earlier this week, rounding out the major fast-food chains in the country selecting a contender for the fried chicken sandwich title currently held by Popeyes.
KFC’s new Chicken Sandwich is now available at select markets. It will be at all 4,000 US locations by the end of February. Definitely excited to try this one, even in a crowded class of chicken sandos.
February will signal McDonald’s stepping into the arena to battle it out with other fast food chicken sandwiches, as they will be debuting three new sandwiches.
These three choices will be available come February 24:
Crispy Chicken Sandwich: Served on a toasted, buttered potato roll and features crinkle cut pickles.
Spicy Chicken Sandwich: A Spicy Pepper Sauce highlights this choice, for those looking for a nice kick to their sando.
Deluxe Chicken Sandwich: This upgrade boasts shredded lettuce, Roma tomatoes, and mayonnaise.
This is a bold and deliberate move for The Golden Arches, clearly meant to show that they, too, are a viable chicken spot with these new chicken sandwiches debuting alongside classics like Chicken McNuggets and the McChicken sandwich.
Popeyes really made the country go crazy for chicken when it released its first ever fried chicken sandwich last year. Now 7-Eleven is looking to get in on the action, opening its own fried chicken joint within the walls of a new store in Manhattan.
It’s called “Raise The Roost” and will be offering up classic chicken sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, tenders, and by-the-piece boneless and bone-in wings.
They’ll also be offering grab-and-go options, if you’re just trying to, well, grab some chicken and go.
The chicken is said to be made from scratch, and if the “Raise The Roost” pun wasn’t enough for you, they’re going with the slogan, “Chicken Worth Crossing The Road For.”
Similar to the 7-Eleven Lab Store in Dallas, Texas, the New York Evolution store that will house the chicken shack will also carry its own specialty products such as cold brew coffee on tap, self-serve ice cream, and they’ll even have their “Mobile checkout” available. Their mobile checkout system was introduced in summer of 2019, and allows customers to scan out their items and actually skip the traditional cash register experience.
The aforementioned Dallas Lab Store also had its own full restaurant attached, as the Laredo Taco Company comfortably sits inside the giant 7-Eleven, with its own fully fleshed out menu.
We can only hope the concept catches on, as being able to walk to your local 7-Eleven for some 2 a.m. fried chicken always sounds ideal.
Conversations and quotes in this article have been transcribed from the Foodbeast Katchup podcast: “#102: Camel Meat and Popeyes, We’re All Hypocrites,” out now on Spotify, the Apple Podcasts App, and all major platforms where podcasts are heard.
There is not a single fast food menu item that has been hotter than Popeyes’ chicken sandwich this year. From McDonald’s, to Chick-Fil-A and even Taco Bell, none of the world’s top fast food restaurants have created the type of buzz that Popeyes has.
With this much buzz around their crunchy, juicy sandwich, they have the attention of the world, and with that attention, could really turn the industry on its head. Again.
At least that’s the argument made by Uproxx Life editor Steve Bramucci, who made a radical suggestion that almost makes too much sense.
“First of all, if they said, ‘We’re making so much on these chicken sandwiches, we’re actually going to bump the price up $1. If you don’t want it fine, but we’re willing to bet you’ll pay an extra $1. Here’s exactly where our dollar’s going to go… 50 cents of that dollar is going to… the rate we pay our employees. The other 50 cents of that dollar is going to go to better sourcing for our farmers.’ Those two things for a $5 sandwich, I am in that line with all those maniacs.”
Raise the price of the coveted chicken sandwich by $1, in order to give the employees a better wage, and to be more transparent about their chicken sourcing.
Popeyes has a gold mine in its hands, and a pretty affordable one at that. Bramucci believed that Popeyes is selling so much volume of that sandwich, that it would not be crazy to invest in those two keys.
Now would Popeyes actually do something like that? It isn’t something that has been done in the past, but if they were the first, it would change the industry.