3. Popeyes Chicken Nuggets
The build: 100% whole breast meat, marinated in “Louisiana seasonings”, and then hand-breaded and battered. Choice of blackened ranch, Sweet Heat, Bayou Buffalo, ranch, BoldBQ, and Mardi Gras Mustard.
Wait time: 16min 16sec
Tasting notes: Obviously if you look at the wait time, something was amiss. The good people of Popeyes had just run out of nuggets as I made my order and, due to some confusion, must have forgotten about me. When they finally did bring out my order, they guiltily included three extra nuggets and a pie.
Though no fast food is worth that wait, they came close thanks to spicy breading and the peace of mind that comes when chicken is in non-uniform shapes. The Mardi Gras Mustard had a horseradish bite I could literally feel in my nose. I kinda wanted to drink it. Don’t judge me. Despite all those positives, the nuggets felt like they weren’t quite as flavorful as Popeyes' regular chicken, and their BoldBQ sauce lacked really any tang. I am happy to report the pie was delicious.