Now McDonald’s is testing a Popeyes, er, Southern-style chicken sandwich

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We all knew it was coming: McDonald’s is jumping into the chicken sandwich wars.

Earlier this year, McDonald’s franchise owners asked the company to develop a Southern-style chicken sandwich to help them compete with Chick-fil-A. For those of you who thought McDonald’s already had a Southern-style chicken sandwich, I regret to inform you that it was discontinued in 2015. The fact that nobody noticed that until today should tell you something about the McDonald’s Southern-style chicken sandwich.


Currently the Southern Style Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich is only available in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Houston, Texas, where people with short memories can grab a sandwich until January 26. According to the McDonald’s website, the sandwich is a “Juicy, crispy chicken breast filet with a hint of dill and tangy pickles all served on a buttery steamed bun”; a deluxe version has lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise.

McDonald’s has not yet informed the public if or when this sandwich will be available nationwide, or if the new sandwich is, in fact, the old sandwich.

Allison Robicelli is a writer, recipe czar, former professional chef, author of four (quite good) books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Tweet me for recipe help: @Robicellis.

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I don’t think Mcdonalds is well served by trying ‘Southern style chicken sandwich’ _in the South_. They might be able to finesse that _out of the south_, but in the South, those folks know their southern-style fried chicken.

Pizza Hut now introduces their NY Style Pizza in NYC!” -> Hard fail