Fast Food Review: Louisiana Nuggets from Popeyes
Chicken nuggets are an obvious staple of any fast food menu. Every place has their own version, some better than others. My personal favorites are nuggets at Chick-Fil-A, but one of the better nuggets out there are the Louisiana Nuggets from Popeyes.
The Popeyes description:
Premium white meat. Available in 6 piece or 9 piece servings.
Chicken nuggets are pretty simple, chunks of chicken with some type of breading, and these nuggets are no different. They are made from premium white meat chicken and available in either spicy or mild varieties. When at Popeyes, I always go for their spicy chicken. The cajun spice isn’t overwhelming and adds great flavor to the chicken. The breading on the nuggets can vary greatly within a single order. One nugget may have too much breading while another in the same order will have the right amount. The amount of breading on the chicken isn’t the only thing that varies. I found that the size of the nuggets may vary as well. While the larger nuggets stay moist and juicy, the smaller ones became extremely dry and almost entirely taken over by the fried crust.
The Louisiana Nuggets are part of the Popeyes “Travelers” line of food. Along with the Louisiana Tenders, these meals are made for grubbers on the go. They come neatly packaged in a travel-friendly box with handy compartment for the dipping sauce. The Louisiana Nuggets come in 6 and 9 piece servings and are served with “Delta Sauce”. The Delta sauce isn’t like any other sauce that I have had, so it is hard to describe. I’ve heard it described as a “Cajun spiced version of fry sauce“. I think of it as a zesty mustard sauce, but whatever it is, I enjoy it and the recipe was created to be a great addition to the Popeyes chicken. Breading and sauces aside, the chicken itself is very flavorful and the spicy version stands alone well enough without dipping sauce. While far from bland, the flavor of the mild nuggets are enhanced by the Delta dipping sauce.
Overall the Popeyes Louisiana Nuggets are simply very good. They aren’t as good as the Chick-Fil-A nuggets, which in my opinion, are the standard bearer for fast food nuggets. Where the nuggets at Chick-Fil-A are all about the taste of the chicken, the breading of the Louisiana Nuggets plays a larger role in the taste. The breading is heavier and adds a crunchy texture which contrasts well with the moist chicken found in the larger nuggets. The breading is tops among those other fast food nuggets, but it’s a shame there isn’t a Popeyes value menu version. The nuggets can also be ordered in a combo, which come with a side item, biscuit and a drink. Either way these are one of the better nugget options on the quick-serve market.
Pros: Easy to travel with packaging. The breading if flavorful and has a nice crispy texture. Delta sauce is original and tasty.
Cons: Some of the nuggets have too much breading. Smaller nuggets can become bone dry.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Price: $2.49 (6 ct), $3.49 (9 ct)
Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10
More Info: Popeyes.com
Calories - 220
Fat - 12 grams
Saturated Fat - 5 grams
Cholesterol - 40 milligrams
Sodium - 500 milligrams
Carbs - 13 grams
Sugars - 0 grams
Protein - 15 grams