Best fried chicken -- KFC or Popeyes? Photo: Elizabeth Hait, AOL
Last week we announced that Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was taking on the Colonel in a taste test that pitted Louisiana cookin' against Kentucky's finest fried fowl.
This past Monday, Popeyes said that it beat KFC Original Recipe in a national taste test. Well, we just couldn't resist conducting our own.
With over 60 pieces of chicken breasts (we compared only white meat) lining the counters in the AOL kitchen, we asked the office to join us for our own taste test.
See if our co-workers agreed -- is Popeyes fried chicken better than KFC?
Based on appearances, it looked like Popeyes had a shot at winning the title -- the skin was noticeably more crispy and crunchy and the pieces of chicken were meatier. However, our testers felt differently when it came to the taste. While a crunchy crust is important, it's all about the flavor of the meat and spices used in flavoring the crust.
Final Count: KFC 24 vs. Popeyes 9
Winner: KFC Original Recipe (A, Red Plate): Lightly breaded fried chicken with the patented 11 herbs and spices.
Nutritional Facts (per piece): 320 calories, 15 grams fat, 710 mg sodium
What people said:
"Juicer, crispier, more white meat on the bone and also less salt. It's tender inside and crunchy outside."
"A was a much more spicy and flavorful chicken. The meat tasted slightly more juicy though the quality and thickness of the breast meat was basically the same."
"Enjoyed the crunch of B better, but the flavor of A more."
"The spices in A were much more flavorful, especially the black pepper."
"A is more flavorful and most. The biggest problem with B is the weird crunchy crust."
"A is better seasoned -- B just cut the roof of my mouth."
"B has a great skin, but that's it."
"The chicken is juicer, more flavorful."
Loser: Popeyes Mild Fried Chicken (B, Blue plate)
Nutritional Facts (per piece): 350 calories, 20 grams fat, 1130 mg sodium
What people said:
"B wins with a crispy texture and the extremely moist chicken."
"I find that less spices allows the juiciness and natural taste of the chicken to really shine through."
"The crispy skin and juicy chicken of B are superior. Chicken B brought back childhood memories."
"A crispy crust and exceptional flavor."
"Juicer meat and better crust."
"Chicken B had a better crust and was less greasy than A."