It all started with a man named Truett Cathy, a restaurant called The Dwarf Grill, and the Original Chicken Sandwich.
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over 2 yearsWhat’s So Original About the Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich?
Since its debut in 1964, the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich has been a hit with millions of people nationwide. What’s the secret to its popularity?
While it seems simple – just a lightly br eaded chicken breast with two pickles between a toasted, buttered bun – every part of the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich is truly an original. And it all goes back to the creation of the sandwich more than 50 years ago.
How it all began
The invention of the chicken sandwich began as the solution to an interesting problem. In the early 1960s, Truett Cathy was running a successful restaurant called The Dwarf Grill in the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville, Ga., when he was approached with an offer.
A local poultry supplier had been tasked by an airline to provide a boneless, skinless chicken breast that would fit in the plastic trays of in-flight meals. The supplier met the challenge but ended up with quite a few chicken breast pieces that didn’t meet the airline’s size requirements. The supplier asked Cathy if he could use them. Determined not to let the opportunity pass him by, Cathy accepted the order.
Once Cathy had his perfectly seasoned chicken breast, he needed to find the best way to serve it. His decision to put the smaller cut of meat between two buttered buns and serve it as a sandwich was a game changer. But it wasn’t complete yet. When he finally added two dill pickle slices, his customers said it was just the right touch.
Cathy folded up the recipe and put it in his pocket. From there, the Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich was born. Today, Cathy’s recipe – still unchanged – is locked in a vault at Chick-fil-A’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.
What is it that makes this simple sandwich an original? Every single part of it.
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