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Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich Verdict

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Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich has been making headlines. But is the new sandwich really that good?

Popeye's Chicken SandwichPopeyes Chicken Sandwich – straight out of its packaging

Popeye’s introduced their version of a chicken sandwich on August 12, 2019. 

According to the chain’s website, the sandwich is:

A tender all-white meat chicken breast fillet, marinated in an authentic blend of Louisiana seasonings, then hand battered and breaded in our all new buttermilk coating. Served with crisp barrel cured pickles and Classic or Spicy Mayonnaise, served on a warm and toasted buttery brioche bun.

Nutrition-wise, each classic sandwich has: 699 calories, 380 calories from fat, 42 grams of fat (14g saturated fat, 1.5g trans fat), and 1433 mg of sodium, 50g of carbohydrates, 28g of protein and a whopping 2g of dietary fiber, most likely from the pickles. 

Since that time, it has created quite the stir from Twitter wars to someone dying – literally dying – because of the sandwich.

Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich Headlines

  • Why the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Craze Quickly Morphed into Black Shaming, Yahoo Lifestyle
  • EMPLOYEES GANG UP ON COWORKER …Allegedly Selling Chicken Sandwich On The Side, TMZ
  • Why Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich Is Better Than Chick-fil-A’s, Reader’s Digest
  • The Great Chicken Sandwich Wars Continue: Popeyes’ Sold-Out Sandwich Returns On Sunday,
  • Man Is Fatally Stabbed Over Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, New York Times
  • Man sues Popeyes for running out of chicken sandwiches,

Popeye's Spicy Chicken SandwichPopeye’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich

I went to my local Popeye’s to get my hands on one of the hard-to-get sandwiches.  I probably waited about 10, maybe 15 minutes in the drive-thru.  While there I also bought the spicy sandwich and some Voodoo Tenders.

I let my teenager try the regular sandwich and gauged whether he thought it was worth dying for.  He quickly responded that while it was good, it most definitely was not worthy of dying for.

I had the spicy sandwich.  The huge sandwich supposedly comes in at 700 calories and 1473 mg of sodium (other content nearly identical to the regular sandwich).  It was really spicy and had a hefty portion of breast meat.  I thought it was just okay as far as chicken sandwiches go.

Now that I have satisfied my curiosity, I am done with the Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich craze.    However…

Popeye's Voodoo ChickenPopeye’s Voodoo Tenders

The Popeye’s Voodoo Tenders are another thing.  Popeye’s released their new dish this October.  They are their classic white meat chicken tenders, breaded and deep-fried, and topped with their Voodoo Sauce (a mix of fried onion, garlic, ghost pepper, and sweet chili).  

If nutrition is not a concern, then I would say skip the sandwiches and opt for the Voodoo Tenders which are absolutely delicious.  If you are concerned about nutrition, then to somewhere like Wendy’s and get one of their fresh-made salads.

Have you tried one of Popeye’s Chicken Sandwiches?

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