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.

Popeyes Louisiana Nuggets Box

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.

Louisiana Nuggets from Popeyes

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.

Popeyes Nuggets

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.

Popeyes Lousiana Nuggets

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.

Taste: 8.25/10
Value: 6.00/10
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
Nutrition Facts:
6 Count:
Calories - 220
Fat - 12 grams
Saturated Fat - 5 grams
Cholesterol - 40 milligrams
Sodium - 500 milligrams
Carbs - 13 grams
Sugars - 0 grams
Protein - 15 grams

11 comments on “Fast Food Review: Louisiana Nuggets from Popeyes

  1. Rodzilla says:

    DELTA SAUCE: SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, MUSTARD (WATER, VINEGAR, MUSTARD SEED, SALT,
    TURMERIC, PAPRIKA, SPICES), DILL RELISH (DICED PICKLES, WATER, SALT, VINEGAR,
    XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM BENZOATE AND POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVES), NATURAL
    FLAVORS), FOOD STARCHMODIFIED,
    CREOLE MUSTARD (WATER, DISTILLED VINEGAR,
    MUSTARD SEED, SALT, XANTHAN GUM), DISTILLED VINEGAR, SUGAR, TOMATO PASTE,
    SEASONING (MALTODEXTRIN, SALT, BUTTERMILK POWDER, WHEY POWDER, MONOSODIUM
    GLUTAMATE, LACTIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, GARLIC POWDER, ONION POWDER, PARSLEY,
    XANTHAN GUM, SOYBEAN OIL, SPICES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), EGG YOLKS, CONTAINS LESS
    THAN 2% OF EACH: CHIPOTLE PEPPERS, SALT, OLEORESIN PAPRIKA, NATURAL FLAVOR,
    OLEORESIN CAPSICUM, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, CAYENNE PEPPER,
    LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, MOLASSES, CARAMEL COLOR, GARLIC*, SPICES, TAMARIND,
    ONION*, PAPRIKA, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, GARLIC, MONOSODIUM
    GLUTAMATE, GROUND CHIPOTLE PEPPERS, XANTHAN GUM, POTASSIUM SORBATE AND
    SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVES), EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA
    TO PROTECT FLAVOR. *DEHYDRATED. CONTAINS EGG, MILK, SOY, MSG

  2. HaloEleven says:

    Just had Popeye’s last night. Love it!

    You know, you could be a hand model, James!

  3. Ryan says:

    @HaloEleven… Hahaha, that’s actually my hand doing the chicken close-ups…made me think of George Costanza when you said that.

  4. Harleen says:

    I love these! They had them back when I was in high school, in a 20 piece pack. My friends and I would get them and a bunch of fries and hang out at Popeye’s on the weekends. I am glad they’re back, now I’m all nostalgic!

  5. Adam Bomb says:

    I don’t know about you, but I know I just couldn’t have gone another minute without seeing the complete ingredient list for Delta sauce spelled out in giant capital letters… :P

  6. Donkey says:

    These nuggets are the bomb, but they’re so small, you’d likely need to order 4 orders to be full (I ordered one order in addition to my Tuesday special and after gorging on the Tuesday special, I forgot I had even eaten the nuggets).

    In my ghetto neck of the woods, the deal to get is the Tuesday Special– one drumstick and one thigh for 99 cents, and up to 5 orders. But then they try to make their money by charging you for sauces on the side, like a Delta Sauce…

  7. Yum Yucky says:

    Sounds like I need to jump on it. I can easily deal with that calorie count. Thanks!

  8. Jonathan K says:

    MSG is horrible stuff. I can’t believe that Popeyes puts that poison in their food. I just had some of their chicken nuggets about ten minutes ago and I already have a splitting headache and I know I am in for hours of intestinal and stomach pain. I am actually considering making myself vomit in a minute. This stuff should be outlawed! So the bottom line is that Popeyes is NOT healthy. Then nuggets were not even good. Dried out and crusty. I personally will never patronize a Popeyes chicken until they change their menu ingredients to exclude harmful chemicals like MSG.

    • rightclue says:

      well they only do it because monosodium glutamate opens up your taste bud pores immensely so that flavor can be better absorbed.

    • Bubbs says:

      Hi Jonathon,
      MSG is not a “harmful chemical” like you portray it. Some people just have an extremely dramatic sensitivity to that salt substitute flavor enhancer, as you apparently do.

      Then again, some people aren’t very bright, and in spite of extreme sensitivity to a salt substitute that makes them wretch and squirm and have projectile vomit and diarrhea and whinge and cry, … they still run out to greasy fast food joints to get chicken nuggets.

  9. Mario says:

    Johnaton calm down these are delicious