REVIEW: Popeyes Chicken Nuggets (2021)

Popeyes Chicken Nuggets 12 Count

Popeyes has always been in a class of its own and, since the splashy debut of its chicken sandwiches in 2019, it’s been awesome to see it get the recognition it deserves. Those chicken sandwiches also got people through the door who had never tried Popeyes before. Now, hoping to continue to entice folks to its stores, the chain is taking on another fast food chicken staple: nuggets.

It’s currently offering nugget meals for one (8 or 12 count) that include a side, biscuit, and drink or à la carte nuggets (24, 36, or 48 count) that are shareable. Despite my desire to dive headfirst into 24 of them, I opted to go with 12.

Oh, I’d just like to take a moment to praise our digital overlords for giving us apps in which we can mobile order items with ease. Popeyes’ app was easy to use, and it has recently started a rewards program.

Popeyes Chicken Nuggets Coating

The average Popeyes nugget is larger than Chick-fil-A’s in both amount of meat and level of breading. The crispy, crunchy coating we’ve become accustomed to with Popeyes’ other chicken is present and delicious.

Popeyes Chicken Nuggets Meat

What immediately puts this ahead of the tenders for me was a more preferable, almost equal ratio of breading to meat. Currently only being offered in mild, the flavor is that familiar Popeyes taste that is peppery strong, but not painfully spicy. Within the breading, the white meat chicken breast is juicy and tender, which is exactly what I’ve come to expect.

I could select two dipping sauces with my order, but honestly, I found myself mostly enjoying the nuggets on their own. That said, the Blackened Ranch was better than expected, and the BoldBQ reminded me of what Wendy’s BBQ used to be like.

If I had to offer any real negatives, it was some of the inconsistency in sizing when it came to the nuggets. Out of the 12, four were comparable to Chick-fil-A nuggets in size. Chances are it might just be a kitchen crew getting used to preparing a new item, and I think it will get more even as time goes on.

Popeyes Chicken Nuggets Box

I so very much enjoyed these and hope they will be successful enough to stick around for a bit. Heck, maybe we can even get a spicy version if they prove to be popular enough. While I doubt we’ll see the same fervor surrounding these as we did in 2019 with the sandwiches, they are worth the try and a tasty addition to an already stellar lineup of offerings from Popeyes.

Purchased Price: $5.99
Size: 12 count
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (12 nuggets) 450 calories, 28 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 76 milligrams of cholesterol, 690 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 0 grams of sugar, and 22 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Pouch

At a quick glance, the Popeyes Cajun Flounder Sandwich looks like a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. But a closer inspection shows the breading doesn’t look as jaw-rattling as the coating on the popular poultry sandwich.

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Full

Within that not-as-crunchy-looking breading, which the chain calls a crispy southern coating, is the new flounder fish fillet that’s seasoned in a blend of mild and spicy Cajun seasoning. The rest of the ingredients include crisp barrel cured pickles and tartar sauce on a warm and toasted buttery brioche bun.

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Split

The fillet is one of the meatiest I’ve ever seen in a fast food fish sandwich. It’s kind of fish-shaped, but it also reminds me of a chicken breast. Oh, I feel as if I’m going to go down a Jessica Simpson rabbit hole here. The meat is flaky and tender, and the seasonings give it a mild peppery flavor with a slight spiciness. Also, it tastes less fishy than sandwiches from other chains.

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Fillet

I wish the employee who squirted the tartar sauce on my order offered a bit more Southern hospitality with the condiment. Although, I’m not sure it would’ve made a difference because the topping doesn’t have the same punch as tartar sauce from other fast food chains. But at the same time, I wonder if having too much of it would overwhelm the fish’s Cajun seasonings.

Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich Pickles

Okay, the pickles, um, you know what, you can tell me they’re “barrel cured,” but that’s as impressive as that time Wendy’s bragged about having hand-torn lettuce. Is curing them in a barrel supposed to give them a woodsy oak flavor or make them tangier? To be honest, they don’t taste that different from other fast food pickles.

With all that said, the Popeyes Cajun Flounder Fish Sandwich has a unique flavor. It’s definitely different from other chains because of the seasonings. Overall, it’s a fine tasting sandwich, and I’d order it again. But, I wouldn’t consider it to be the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich of fish sandwiches.

Purchased Price: $6.50*
Size: N/A
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 670 calories. Other nutrition facts are unavailable on Popeyes’ website.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.

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REVIEW: Popeyes Twisty Wicked Shrimp

Popeyes Twisty Wicked Shrimp Closeup

What are Popeyes Twisty Wicked Shrimp and Smoky Garlic Tartar Sauce

According to the webs, this takes the Cajun chicken chain’s shrimp (seasoned with a blend of salt, pepper, onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf) and jazzes things up by marinating the little buggers in sriracha. You know, for the promised wickedness. These caustic crustaceans are paired with a new Smoky Garlic Tartar Sauce, which is, well, smokier and more garlicky than any tartar sauce that came before it.

How is it?

NOT HOT. If you’re an avid capsaicinophile hoping that this new offering will set your mouth on fire, you’ll likely be let down. I can handle (and enjoy) a decent amount of heat, but perhaps more importantly to this review, I am sensitive to spice, and I can tell you, without fear of killing the weakest among you, that you will be able to eat this shrimp comfortably.

I was disappointed with the lack of heat, but not with the shrimp itself. The pieces were large, the seasoning familiar in its Popeyesicity (not sure I can detect the bay leaf buried deep in there, though), and the breading added the perfect amount of crunch.

Popeyes Twisty Wicked Shrimp Sauce

The real revelation was the Smoky Garlic Tartar sauce, which, oddly enough, seemed to pack a heat the shrimp did not. The dip was nuanced —- a light sweetness contrasted with a heavy dill-ness, imbued with the aforementioned punch that was… maybe the smokiness? I’m not sure. But in short, it provided a nice compliment to the straight-forward, not-that-wicked shrimp.

Anything else you need to know?

As you can see in the picture above, my sauce didn’t come in one of the pre-packaged sauce containers as shown in promo pics, and the first time I went, they didn’t have the sauce at all. So, I guess what I’m saying is: if you live far away from a Popeyes and you’re interested in this, maybe call ahead. Because, while the shrimp is decent, it’s the sauce that really completes the experience.


If you’re an avid Popeye’s connoisseur, check it out. If you don’t get to Popeye’s all that often, get the chicken sandwich instead. Or the chicken. But seriously, the sandwich. Have you had that thing? Like Uncle Jesse always said, “have mercy.”

Purchased Price: $6.30
Size: N/A
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: Unavailable on Popeyes’ website

REVIEW: Popeyes Raspberry Cheesecake Fried Pie

Popeyes Raspberry Cream Pie with Sleeve

What is the Popeyes Raspberry Cheesecake Fried Pie

It’s a single serving deep-fried pie with raspberry and cheesecake filling that joins the classic apple on Popeyes’ dessert menu for a limited time.

How is it?

I’ll level with you here – Popeyes isn’t the first place that comes to mind when I think “dessert.” To be fair, it’s also not the first place that comes to mind when I think “chicken” despite the fact that there’s a Popeyes closer to my house than KFC.

It’s not that I have anything against Popeyes. As a matter of fact, I think its spicy chicken sandwich is amazing. It’s really more that it’s in the opposite direction from everywhere else I usually travel. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess.

Regardless, this pie is pretty dang good. Now, fast food pies are kinda my jam. I started ranking fast food restaurants by the quality of their pies as a kid, so believe me when I say that this one is definitely worth seeking out.

Popeyes Raspberry Cream Pie Coating

It has everything there is to love about a single serving pie, all wrapped up in a cute paper sleeve. You’ve got a flaky, perfectly tender, crisp exterior surrounding smooth, creamy, sweet filling. The raspberry flavor comes through loud and clear and is excellently complemented by the rich, creamy cheesecake accompaniment.

Popeyes Raspberry Cream Pie Innards

If I have one criticism, it’s this: If this pie had been billed as “Raspberry Cream” rather than “Raspberry Cheesecake,” I wouldn’t have known the difference. There wasn’t enough tang to qualify as cream cheese. While there was nothing wrong with the pale side of the filling (side note, the line down the middle was perfect in my pie, ensuring an equal and even distribution of both flavors), it just didn’t read as “cheesecake” to me. If that’s a big detractor for you, keep it in mind but don’t let it stop you from giving this pie a shot.

If I have another, quasi related criticism, it’s that a hint of acid would’ve taken this pie from an 8 to a 10. Just that little tart bite you get from a raspberry or a kiss of lemon to round out all that sweetness and cut through the richness of the filling would’ve made all the difference.

Anything else you need to know?

This sweet treat is only available for a limited time at participating locations.


Popeyes’ Raspberry Cheesecake Fried Pie is a deep-fried pocket of deliciousness sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Unless you hate raspberries.

Purchased Price: 99 cents
Size: 1 pie (87g)
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (87g) 310 calories, 19 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 290 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

REVIEW: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I haven’t set foot in a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for around, sadly, a decade, since stopping at a Denver location that was a few blocks from my former favorite record store (Twist and Shout, if you’re interested). Even back then, however, I always thought that, when it comes to fried chicken, with its Louisiana-inspired seasonings and spices, Popeyes was the best in the biz.

When I received word that Popeyes was taking on Chick-fil-A with its own version of the heralded chicken sandwich that has made the Chick-fil-A so popular for so long, I knew it was finally time to rekindle my passionate taste for Popeyes once again.

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich 3

The sandwich is pretty basic, especially when you read about it in print: a large chunk of boneless fried chicken, placed on a “buttered bun” with a few pickles and (spicy) mayo. Of course, it comes in two variations, classic and spicy. I undoubtedly went the latter, as it was originally Popeyes spicy fried chicken that I had always devoured.

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich 2

Delivered to me in a foil-like silver bag, the first thing I noticed was how gratuitous this sandwich truly is. Popeyes already beats the chicken skin off of not only Chick-fil-A but just about every fast food chicken sandwich on the market with the sheer largesse of this New Orleans-style beast. I mean, it’s shocking how heavy the thing is. For only $3.99, even if the sandwich is just okay, you’re still getting your money’s worth.

But, you know, the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich is not okay… it’s mother-clucking fantastic!

It’s probably the best (non-gimmicky) chicken sandwich I’ve had in a long time. Every blessed bite is a mouthful of crispy fried skin and tender white meat, all coated with that special Popeyes seasoning that I have missed for so long. Every juicy sliver of meat is spiced with enough heat to not overdo it, but without that overly “greased” feeling that seems to buckle down a lot of fast food chicken.

(If I’m being honest though, I did squeeze a couple of packages of Louisiana Hot Sauce on top for a little additional down-home warmth.)

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich 4

With a couple of mild pickles and a small dab of spicy mayo for taste — not to mention the very firm, very plump, and very rich buttered buns — it doesn’t need all the unnecessary hoopla so many other sandwiches do and, maybe, that’s the thing I love so much about Popeyes Chicken Sandwich.

With basically a strongly empowered piece of fried chicken and very little else, Popeyes may have crafted the chicken sandwich of the year — and if you don’t believe me, well, then it’s your loss, champ. Cómpralo ya!

Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: N/A
Rating: 10 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: Not available on the Popeyes website that keeps crashing my browser.

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