Popeyes' Latest Chicken Sandwich Has The Internet Buzzing

To the excitement of fried chicken fans everywhere, fast food chain Popeyes has recently started testing out a brand new menu item at select locations in the United States. Chewboom reports that the BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Sandwich has officially been spotted on the menu at some Popeyes restaurants in Denver, Colorado. 

Customers informed the outlet that the new sandwich is being sold for $5.49 solo or $7.49 as part of a combo deal. They describe the BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Sandwich as featuring Popeye's signature buttermilk battered and hand-breaded white meat chicken fillet on a buttery, toasted brioche bun and topped with two barrel cured pickle slices, sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, a slice of cheddar cheese, and crispy bacon. When asked for a review of the sandwich, one buyer told Chewboom they simply found the BBQ sauce to be too overpowering compared to the rest of the ingredients.

Popeyes BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Sandwich doesn't live up to the original

Thrillist tracked down the Popeyes BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Sandwich and gave a detailed review for anyone unable to make it to the Mile High City. They state that the new sandwich uses the same fried chicken, pickles, and brioche bun as the original, but instead of slathering the bun with mayonnaise, the chain instead drenched it in BBQ sauce. The outlet says that the sauce is sweet and a little spicy, and tastes almost identical to the chain's BBQ dipping sauce.

Thrillist agrees with Chewboom's reviewer, asserting the sauce is overwhelming. They had hoped the bacon and cheddar would help balance the strong sauce, but found even these two flavor-packed foods couldn't compete with the excessive amount of BBQ sauce Popeyes had used. Thrillist also questioned the quality of these two ingredients, as the new BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Sandwich is the only menu item featuring bacon or cheddar cheese and they found both to be disappointing. 

Overall, the outlet states that they feel the sandwich is just fine, which would normally be okay for a fast food chain, but after the hype surrounding the original chicken sandwich, the new BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Sandwich feels like a huge letdown. We'll just have to wait for a wider release to see for ourselves if Popeyes scales back the BBQ flavor or if the sauce really is too much for the fried chicken sandwich to handle.