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The Best Fast Food Chicken Menu Items 2021

As you might expect, we eat a lot of fast food here at Menu And Price. Oh. So. Much. People rightly often ask us what’s the best fast food this, or best fast food that. Our tastes might not be exactly like yours, but we think we’ve eaten enough bad fast food to know what the really good stuff is. Here are our favorite fast food chicken dishes:

Best Old School Chicken Nuggets

 Mcdonald's Chicken Nuggets
Mcdonald’s regular and spicy Chicken Nuggets

For us – it has to be McDonald’s. Nothing beats the thick and heavy batter that crunches and cracks with each bite. Timing is everything of course, if you swing by and grab a nugget that’s been sat there forever, you might be less impressed. Always ask for freshly fried! In 2020 the brand launched a new spicy nugget which we review here.

Best Chicken Sandwich

Popeyes Classic Chicken Sandwich close up
Popeyes Classic Chicken Sandwich

The battle for best chicken sandwich is still easily won by Popeyes in our opinion. More than 18 months after the wars started over the best sandwich, we think the original still rules the roost. Here’s our most recent review of the sandwich.

Best chicken tenders

Arby's Chicken Tenders
Arby’s Chicken Tenders

With a slogan like, “we’ve got the meat”, you’d hope their chicken would be on point: and it is. These tenders from Arby’s top our list for the most enjoyable chicken tenders in fast food land. Read our full review here.

Best value chicken sandwich

McDonald's Hot N Spicy McChicken
McDonald’s Hot N Spicy McChicken

It costs just a buck. It’s delicious, spicy and will solve all your problems. O.k. maybe not that last one, but trust us, for the measly price of one dollar this is maybe the best budget chicken sandwich out there right now. Check out our review of the Hot N Spicy McChicken here.

Best Real Deal Chicken Nuggets

Shake Shack - Korean Fried Chicken bites close up
Shake Shack – Korean Fried Chicken bites

The Chick’N Bites at Shake Shack are probably our favorite little morsels of chicken out there. Think of these small bites as elevated nuggets – there’s no processed meat here – it’s all 100% real deal chicken. The bites are lightly battered and don’t leave you feeling full and greasy after a meal. Check out the full review here.

Honorable mentions

The Habit Burger - Crispy Chicken Bites
The Habit Burger – Crispy Chicken Bites

The Habit Burger released a brand new Crispy Chicken lineup in late 2020. While the sandwich is a solid effort, it runs a little try. Instead, try the Chicken Bites, evaluated chicken nuggets that combine juicy real chicken meat with a thick fun batter. The side BBQ sauce is a good effort too. Full review here.

Shake Shack - Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich
Shake Shack – Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich

The start of 2021 saw Shake Shack hit the ground running with a trio of Korean-inspired dishes. We loved this all new Korean-inspired chicken burger; a completely different take on the usual fast food fried chicken sandwich. See the review here.

KFC Chicken Tenders
KFC Chicken Tenders

KFC’s Chicken Tenders are worthy of a special mention. That crisp and crunch batter is loaded with the signature KFC flavor you might find yourself craving from time to time. More than likely its a mix of the Colonels secret herbs and spices, plus some time in the fryer as the bigger pieces of fried chicken.

Fast food menus with chicken

We have a lot of fast food menus across the site. If you want to compare the different chicken options available at all the fast food restaurants, check out this list: