5 Fried Chicken Sandwiches You Can Eat Right Now Without Waiting in Line at Popeyes

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With the Popeyes Fried Chicken Sandwich craze sweeping the nation for a second time, plus last weekend’s Fried Chicken Sundays at Craft House selling out in 1 hour 15 min., it seems hungry people everywhere have a craving for golden, crispy poultry that can’t be satiated.

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Seriously. Look at the line wrapped around the Popeyes in Santa Ana recently. I waited it out for a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich and I have to say … it was a good fast food version of a fried chicken sandwich. They served them in foil wrappers (a la Chic-Fil-A) that steam the sandwich a bit too much before you can enjoy it, but overall it’s better than anyone else’s out there in the fast food arena.

But, if you’re not in the mood to wait in line, or just want to find better flavors in other places, there are plenty of great options in Orange County (and one in Long Beach that I like, too).

Keep reading for 5 Fried Chicken Sandwiches You Can Eat Right Now Without Waiting in Line at Popeyes.

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Craft House Cooks Up Fried Chicken Sundays (and a Bonus: Butter Cake!)

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DANA POINT Craft House is delving deeper into Chef/Owner Blake Mellgren‘s southern roots with the addition of Fried Chicken Sundays, every Sunday starting at 5 p.m. 

Craft House fried chicken is marinated in a red-hued bath of dry rub and buttermilk, giving it a kick, and it’s always crispy-crunchy-delicious. One of my favorite meals my (Midwestern) mom would always make me was fried chicken with collard greens and mashed potatoes and the Craft House version lives up to her standard (and definitely brings back great memories for me, too)!

Chef Blake said he wanted to create an opportunity for families to come together at the dinner table on Sunday evenings before the week begins to spend time together and enjoy a meal.

Each order includes a 3 pieces of Organic Jidori Fried Chicken, veggie of the week, mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, cornbread and honey butter for $25.

While #TeamCraftHouse is already known for an array of Southern-influenced dishes (like “The Holy Grail of Meatloaf“), having a dedicated day just for fried chicken in Dana Point is an offering Chef Blake is proud to bring to the community.

“Chicken should only be served two ways. Fried or whole roasted,” Chef Blake said. “And everything tastes better fried. So we cook the best kind of chicken.”

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Fried chicken picnic at Donahoo’s Pomona

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I was reading Eater recently and came across a list of the “16 Best Fried Chicken Dishes in Los Angeles.” Before clicking on it, I said one thing to myself: “Donahoo’s better be on it or they got it wrong.”

As you can tell, I’m passionate about where I get my fried chicken, and I’m most passionate about Donahoo’s Golden Chicken in Pomona (Ontario or Riverside). Eater’s list showcases birds across the restaurant spectrum—from simple Southern at Jim Dandies to Spanish-influenced at A.O.C.—but Donahoo’s (No. 16, they did get it right!) is my personal favorite of the bunch, serving piping hot, crunchy chicken with a variety of sides, butter-injected rolls and the right amount of nostalgia to make you feel like a kid again.

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