Most popular fast food of 2021

McDonald's three new Crispy Chicken Sandwiches

As we start 2022 I wanted to take a quick minute and look back at 2021. What exactly resonated most with our readers in the year that was? It was a busy old year in fast food world, and hundreds of new menu items were releases; and of course, for science, we tasted a great many of them…

The following are our most read reviews of the year in reverse order. So what exactly got you guys most excited? Read on… no surprises… 2021 was the year of the chicken sandwich…

10 – Zaxby’s Signature Sandwiches

Zaxby's Spicy Signature Sandwich
Zaxby’s Spicy Signature Sandwich

9 – Arby’s Traditional Greek Gyro Review

Arby's Traditional Greek Gyro
Arby’s Traditional Greek Gyro

8 – Burger King Hand-Breaded Ch’King Sandwiches 

Two BK Spicy Hand-Breaded Crispy Chicken Sandwiches
Two BK Spicy Hand-Breaded Crispy Chicken Sandwiches

7 – Popeyes Classic Chicken Sandwich

Popeyes Classic Chicken Sandwich close up
Popeyes Classic Chicken Sandwich close up

6 – Shake Shack Korean release

Shake Shack Korean Chicken in wrapper
Shake Shack Korean Chicken in wrapper

5 – Habit Burger Crispy Chicken

The Habit Burger - Crispy Chicken Sandwich
The Habit Burger – Crispy Chicken Sandwich

4 – Arby’s Boneless Wings

Arby’s Boneless Wings – Buffalo and ranch

Towards the end of the year Arby’s took the unusual (considering the competition) step of *not* releasing a chicken sandwich. Instead these Boneless Wings hit menus. In effect bit sized copies pop their earlier tenders, but popular with our readers nonetheless.

3 – KFC Chicken Sandwiches

KFC Classic Chicken Sandwich
KFC Classic Chicken Sandwich

A popular review and for my money one of the standout chicken sandwiches of recent years. The KFC Classic Sandwich stands right up there with the very best – see our full review for more details.

2 – Popeye’s Chicken Nuggets

Popeyes Chicken Nugget 12 pc in container
Popeyes Chicken Nugget 12 pc in container

Taking their now iconic chicken sandwich and repurposing the flavors into nugget flavor, Popeyes turned a lot of heads with this Summer release. Everyone wanted to know, did they live up to the hype of the sandwich? Check out our review above to find out.

1 – McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwiches

McDonald's three new Crispy Chicken Sandwiches
McDonald’s three new Crispy Chicken Sandwiches

This trio from the Golden Arches was our number one read review of 2021 by some margin. The three sandwiches – Crispy, Spicy and Deluxe – hit menus at the start of 2021 and remained a popular release through the end of the year.

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Hi there, I'm Stuart, nice to meet you. I'm a food writer of more than 15+ years experience writing about food and drink in all its forms, fine dining through the to the grocery store. I've also got a secret obsession with fast food too. You can find my writing at places like Gastronomic SLC, Visit Salt Lake, The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Stories, Utah Now Online and many others.