McDonald's to launch crispy chicken sandwich to compete with Chick-fil-A and Popeye's, as well as McPlant burger

CHICAGO — McDonald’s has thrown down the gauntlet in the chicken sandwich and plant-based burger wars.The fast food giant, the world’s largest burger chain, on Monday announced it will introduce a crispy chicken sandwich early next year, doing battle with the popular poultry offerings at Chick-fil-A and Popeye’s. It also said it is developing its own plant-based category, called McPlant, starting with a faux meat burger next year.The highly anticipated sandwiches were announced during an investor presentation outlining the company’s “Accelerating the Arches” growth strategy. A pillar of the st…

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