Instagram Is Divided Over Chick-Fil-A's Ultimate Sandwich Question

Chicken sandwich wars are real, even when they happen under the roof of the same chain. NBC News may give Popeyes credit for starting this poultry battle, but it has permeated the entire fast food industry. Per Edison Trends, chicken sandwiches and the eateries that serve them saw a 420% growth in online ordering from January 2019 to December 2020. Of those sales, Chick-fil-A led the pack, claiming the lion's share of 45%. It's not surprising. The restaurant has been serving up its iconic chicken sandwich — a piece of fried chicken breast on a toasted buttered bun with two pickles — since 1967, per the company's website. While this classic sandwich isn't Chick-fil-A's most ordered menu item, there is no denying that this Eat Mor Chikin' chain is beloved. 

Muhammad Ali famously quipped, "It ain't bragging if you can back it up," and in Chick-fil-A's case, the proof is always in the numbers. According to Insider, Chick-fil-A's sales almost tripled between 2009 and 2018. Not to mention, the quick service restaurant has been a customer favorite for 8 years straight based on its outstanding customer service (via News19). Fast food diners clearly have an affinity for this brand. However, when it comes to answering the ultimate Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich question, Instagram finds itself divided and we see a food fight unfolding.

Classic v. Spicy

On Instagram, Chick-fil-A asked, "Do you spice things up or go for the classics? Share if you're Team Spicy or Team Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich." While the post has received over 11,000 likes, the line in the comments is clearly drawn. Followers were quick to chime in with their answers and it seems like a split vote. One fan typed, "I think I'm in the minority but can't go wrong with a classic! Team chick fila [sic] chicken sandwich here." The spicy team was also well represented with a fiery follower offering, "Team Spicy. I just love the way u can here [sic] the crunch when u bite into it." And of course, there were a few who refused to choose, writing, "Team Both, can't decide between the 2 it's impossible."

Still, even though we love the heated banter between lovers of these fast food menu items, if we go back to the numbers, the Team Chick-fil-A Sandwich should be triumphantly lifting a trophy. According to the brand's website, the classic Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich was the third most sold item in 2021, while the Spicy Chicken Sandwich came in ninth place. Although commenters were in favor, you may wonder how Chick-fil-A fans really feel about its spicy sandwiches.