We tried a new Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich clone to see how it compared to the real thing

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Hollis Johnson

Convenience store food: the last resort of late-night eating.

While some chains have gained cult followings, most are – rightfully so, I wager – derided for their dubious culinary offerings.

But many, like 7-Eleven, keep trying. The well-known convenience chain recently released a chicken sandwich that is suspiciously similar to Chick-fil-A’s classic sandwich.

I’ve never been one for convenience-store dining myself.

But I became curious: Could it be anywhere near Chick-fil-A’s virtually unrivaled sandwich? With a similar price point, it’s not completely outside the realm of reason.

I decided to try it and see for myself if this Chick-fil-A clone can hack it.


Let’s go through a quick refresher of Chick-fil-A’s delectable chicken sandwich.

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The classic Chick-fil-A sandwich is something we know and love: the benchmark of chicken sandwiches.

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The sandwich consists simply of a fried-chicken-breast fillet and tart pickles embraced by a toasted, buttered bun.

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The chicken is juicy and thick — although the breading isn’t all that crispy, it’s a small price to pay. And Chick-fil-A is rather transparent with its cooking and prep process, so the quality of ingredients is decent.

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Obviously 7-Eleven is coming into this as the underdog. All Chick-fil-A does is chicken, and it does it well.

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The 7-Eleven sandwich looks surprisingly similar, with a simple yellow bun — albeit not toasted — and a breaded chicken breast peeking out from beneath.

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The bun feels spongy and gives very easily. Not the end of the world, but Chick-fil-A’s bun feels more substantial and real.

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The chicken has a soft breading, similar to Chick-fil-A’s, yet it clearly lacks the seasoning. The “signature” mustard sauce is spottily plopped on the chicken.

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The pickles are small, and somewhat sweet compared to CFA’s. They’re closer to bread and butter pickles than truly tart pickles.

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So how does it taste? It tastes exactly as one would expect. The chicken is most likely formed in some way; however, admittedly, it is juicy. The sauce adds a slightly sweet and tangy taste — in fact, the whole sandwich leans a tad sweet without the more complex seasoning of Chick-fil-A’s. Chick-fil-A still comes out on top, unsurprisingly.

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That being said, you get what you pay for — 7-Eleven’s sandwich is a cheap, quick bite at $1.99. As far as convenience-store food goes, it could be much worse.

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