The Return of Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Koen Samuel, Assistant Editor

Back in September, I wrote an article chronicling the juicy story that was the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. The fried chicken restaurant made waves in America in August earlier this year after it debuted its new chicken sandwich. All over the country, there were stories of mass lines, skirmishes, and desperate people doing anything to get their hands on the new menu item. The sandwich was so popular Popeyes announced that they had sold out but that they would be bringing it back. 

On November 1, they announced via Twitter they were fully restocked and reloaded. But it didn’t take long for people to lose control of themselves. 

In Maryland a man was stabbed to death after he walked into the restaurant and began cutting in line. Someone confronted him about it and the two took it outside where the situation escalated and resulted in one the man who cut the line dying after being stabbed. Of all the stories about Popeye’s concerning the craze around the sandwich, this is the saddest story. The fact that somebody lost their life because of a chicken sandwich is appalling. Clearly both individuals allowed their better judgement to be clouded by greed and impatience. 

Despite the slight risk going to get the sandwich seemed to have on that occasion, people have shown up and shown out to get it. Popeyes is seriously competing with Chick-fil-A, and have seen their sales increase by over ten percent. 

At this point in time, it’s hard to see any nationwide chicken fast food chain catching the tales of Popeyes and Chick-fil-A. But that might not stop Taco Bell from trying. 

The California-based food chain is rumored to be releasing a Crispy Chicken Tortilla Strips menu item, which are chicken strips breaded with jalapeno buttermilk and tortilla chips. Coming from a fast food joint that also combined tacos and Doritos, their creativity isn’t surprising. One of the inspirations for the strips was the success that Popeyes had in joining the “fried chicken wars.” The strips are supposed to cost just $2 and can be ordered plain or can be dipped in sauce. 

It will take time to see if Taco Bell’s desire to join the fried chicken wars will be effective. Every month there seems to be a new development to the story and only time will tell if there will be another chapter to write about this saga.