I ordered chicken tenders from 5 fast food chains and the best ones were from the smallest chain

  • I tried Chicken offerings from Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, Whataburger, Raising Cane’s and KFC.

  • Popeyes’ and KFC’s chicken assassins were similar in their crisp texture and taste.

  • To raise Cane’s impressed me with its crispy-yet juicy tenders and delicious signature sauce.

Of all the chicken kills I tried, the ones from Whataburger did not completely knock me over.

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Whataburger chicken bud.Erin McDowell / Insider

A three-piece chicken tenderloin cost just $ 4.44 on Whataburger at the place I visited in Austin, Texas.

The chicken kills were large and perfectly fried.

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Whataburger chicken tender with ranch sauce in the background.Erin McDowell / Insider

I thought the deals could only be described as “classic” – they were nothing out of the box, but I enjoyed them.

The meat inside was juicy, but I thought the fried coating outside might have had a little more crunch.

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Whataburger chicken tender.Erin McDowell / Insider

The chicken kills tasted good on their own, as well as with ranch dipsauce. They were by no means bad. However, I found the other tender ones to be a little crispier and had just the slightest hint of more flavor in the dough.

Either way, for less than $ 5, I would definitely order these again.

Chick-fil-A’s chicken tenderloin were good … but I actually just use them as a remedy for the chain’s Chick-fil-A sauce.

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Chick-fil-A chicken tender in a box.Erin McDowell / Insider

A three-piece chicken tenderloin costs $ 7.65 at my nearest place when not included in a meal deal.

Some of the chicken pieces looked a little darker and more fried than others.

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Chicken filet-A tender chicken.Erin McDowell / Insider

There were small pieces of fried breading spread on the outside that I always love with a tender chicken.

The chicken kills were nicely fried but still juicy inside.

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Chicken filet-A tender chicken.Erin McDowell / Insider

However, they were not quite as crispy as I had expected. I wanted a clear crunch when I prayed in the commandments, but they did not deliver. In the end, it’s largely up to personal preferences.

When I dipped them in the chain’s signature Chick-fil-A sauce, the experience was nothing short of mouth-watering. But the actual chicken tenderloin was just fine – it was the sauce that took them over the edge.

KFC’s chicken killer landed in the middle of the herd.

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KFC chicken bid.Erin McDowell / Insider

The day I tried these, I ordered a five-piece tender meal for $ 12.95, excluding taxes and fees. But a four-course tender meal, which comes with a side, sauce and a drink, costs $ 10.55, excluding taxes and fees.

The bids were crispy on the outside, but I thought they were a bit on the smaller side compared to the others I tried.

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KFC chicken tender.Erin McDowell / Insider

However, they had pieces of fried breading that clung to the outside that I knew would give a good texture.

The chicken kills were tasty and contained a fair amount of white meat chicken.

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KFC chicken tender.Erin McDowell / Insider

However, the slightly smaller size meant that they did not come out on top compared to the last two chains I tried.

My second favorite chicken killer came from Popeyes.

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Popeye’s box of french fries, chicken killer and a biscuit.Erin McDowell / Insider

A three-part bid combo came to $ 12.40, before taxes and fees. The meal deal included a large portion of french fries, a drink and a biscuit – as well as a selection of different dipping sauces.

The chicken killers from Popeyes were crispy, scaly and crispy.

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Popeye’s chicken tender.Erin McDowell / Insider

I really liked the crispy outside of the chicken killers from Popeyes.

The meat inside was also scaly and moist.

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Popeye’s chicken tender.Erin McDowell / Insider

I also thought the dough was quite tasty – I could taste hints of spices and buttermilk, even though they did not taste quite as buttery as Chick-fil-A-tender.

But my favorite chicken killers came from Raising Cane’s.

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Raise Canes box with chicken killer, french fries, toast and sauces.Erin McDowell / Insider

My meal in six pieces came to $ 14.27 including tax, but a three-finger combination that comes with three chicken fingers, french fries, Cane’s sauce, Texas toast and a regular drink costs $ 6.38 excluding tax and any additions or exchanges.

Raising Cane’s was the smallest chain I tried – they have it 600 places in 31 states.

The chicken kills were super crispy.

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Raising Canes chicken tender.Erin McDowell / Insider

The chicken tendons were also thick. After biting in, I could actually see the strips of white chicken underneath, which in my experience are not always found with fast food chicken tenderloin.

The chicken kills were super crispy and juicy inside – I had to give them the win.

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Raising Canes chicken tender.Erin McDowell / Insider

I tried the bids alone and with Cane’s sauce. In itself, the bids were simply everything one could ask for – thick, juicy and crispy on the outside.

However, the chain is famous for its chicken-complementary sauce, and after biting in, I could definitely see why. It had a slight kick, was super creamy and surprisingly sour. It paired perfectly with the chicken and was unlike any other sauce I have ever tried.

In the end, Raising Cane’s victory took home for me with the chain’s almost perfect chicken offerings and reasonable prices.

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