Review: Tear’n Tenderloin Chicken from Popeyes

In the latest LTO from Popeyes, a new cut of meat is used… the chicken tenderloin.  In the press release for the new Tear’n Tenderloin Chicken, there are statements like “best kept culinary secret” and “most tender, juicy part of the chicken”.  Well all that sounds like a bonus considering its not hard to get hooked on anything coated in Louisiana seasonings.

Tear'n Tenderloin ChickenPopeyes describes their new Tear’n Tenderloin Chicken like this:

Two tender, juicy, all white meat chicken TENDERLOINS marinated in authentic Louisiana seasonings and half split for tear-apart dipping, cooked in our uniquely crispy Southern coating. Served on a bed of Cajun Fries, with a buttermilk biscuit, and new Cajun Creamy Garlic Dipping sauce for only $3.99.

Some flack may be given towards Popeyes for their new offerings that don’t seem very different from one another.  It seems like same cut of chicken is just cut in a way and then given a new name like “Rip’n” or “Dip’n” or “Wicked”.  Well Popeyes doesn’t use tenderloin meat for those items so this is actually quite rare for fast food.  Let’s see if it actually makes a noticeable difference.

Tear'n Tenderloin Chicken Popeyes 2The tenderloin being the “most tender piece of white meat”, I went into this expecting the change to be more obvious than it turned out to be.  The difference is pretty minor and I’d say if anything the chicken is slightly less dry than the standard cuts of white meat chicken breast.  Don’t get me wrong, it was great, just not something I think many will notice unless they’re looking for it.  There are some areas of the thinly cut chicken that you might think would be all breading, but even down to the tips of these tenders, the meaty strip was still there.  The texture of the breading was on par with what you’re used to at Popeyes.  It’s thick with nice crunchy edges and it coats the chicken pieces evenly.  Balance from the Louisiana seasonings was a little off giving me a spicier/overly seasoned bite every third bite or so.Popeyes Tear'n Tenderloin ChickenThe way the tenderloin is cut provides for ease of dipping into the new Cajun Creamy Garlic Dipping sauce which is exceptional (true for most all Popeyes dipping sauces).  A tad mild and not as garlicky as I was expecting considering it has “Garlic” in its name.  The consistency of the sauce is indeed creamy and goes really well with the chicken.  I only wish there was more sauce because if you’re not paying attention, it might be gone before you know it.

Tear'n Tenderloin Popeyes newWith a price of $3.99, like most all Popeyes combo boxes, its a incredibly good value.  Having a side of Cajun Fries and a buttermilk biscuit stuffed in with my Tear’n Chicken Tenderloins really completes the meal.  Anytime I can get a fast food combo for under $6, I think it’s a steal.

Popeyes Tenderloin ChickenTo sum up, the new Tear’n Chicken Tenderloins is another winner for Popeyes.  It may not have left the same lasting impression Popeyes wanted out of this “rare” cut of chicken breast, but it’s delicious regardless.

Pros: Great value once again for Popeyes. Louisiana seasonings. Cajun Creamy Garlic Dipping sauce.

Cons: Buying a drink will crush the value of this tasty box of grub so be warned. Popeyes might have oversold the glowing praise of the tenderloin cut just a little bit.

Taste: 8.75/10
Value: 9.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $3.99

Overall GrubGrade: 8.75/10

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20 comments on “Review: Tear’n Tenderloin Chicken from Popeyes

  1. Raymond says:

    Looks awesome, which is what we’ve come to expect from Popeyes. Btw, they still have the chicken waffle tenders too. Got the 3 pack, which always seems to have 4 strips, with mashed potatoes. They are out of the maple dipping sauce but I’ve found the sweet heat works even better. So good!

  2. scram says:

    Yes. Another excellent, new dipping sauce. That’s the only reason I swing by here is to pick up extras of their new sauces. Wicked Chicken is awesome–but without that limited-time Garlic Pepper sauce, I’d never buy it. Cracked Black Pepper Shrimp–awesome–but without the Blackened Tartar, I’d never try it again. Honestly, I only look forward to Popeye’s new monthly specials for the new sauce I can try out, not their chicken.

  3. scram says:

    I’m not trying to be a d***, as I do like Popeyes, but when it’s only a sauce that reels me into their place, that says something…

  4. scram says:

    ……”It says you have no tastebuds”…beat you to it. 🙂

  5. Raiders757 says:

    I went by the Popeye’s near my place of work during lunch today to try this. Sadly I didn’t get the chance. The place was unusually packed and I had run some other errands before I arrived there. I will be trying this next week, as it’s been a long time since my last Popeye’s fix.

    • TJ says:

      This is often my other problem with Popeyes (potato sides was 1st).. they are popular and their service where I’m at is either lacking or I guess it just is what it is.. I often go and there are maybe a couple cars in the drive-through at most ahead but it’ll take me a half hour easily to get out of there… without any sauce unless I ask for it multiple times. Credit to their food but I wish it would be just a tad faster and customer-friendly sometimes… the other chains around here seem to be so much speedier with those things albeit with less quality.

  6. BigBelly says:

    will be trying tomorrow night!

  7. Jay says:

    There is a popeyes opening about 5 minutes from me so no more 45 minute trips to get some fish, chicken and shrimp. August 12 projected date. Boom.

    • TJ says:

      Nice. I remember when one opened in my town a couple years ago, they are not that available where I’m at so it was cool to have that option finally arrive.

  8. MP says:

    Had it today. Delicious. Nice heat. After the 2nd bite the sauce loses any hint of garlic but that’s fine. They tried to tack on a drink but I said no which would had been $1 extra. Love their biscuits.

  9. breyerchic04 says:

    I had this today, and didn’t think the chicken was all that special, nor was the breading. I was happier with the garlic wicked chicken last year. It was yummy, and well cooked, just not different than other Popeyes strips. What was special was that sauce. And they still had the cracked pepper shrimp, so my mom had those. We wish we had popeyes closer to home than an hour away (luckily it’s near a nice mall that we shop at fairly often).

  10. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Kind of ticked off at Popeye’s over this one. Had it today and the chicken was kind of tough and not that plentiful I though for the money compared to what you normally get for this type of deal for them. To make matters worse after reading the glowing reviews of the sauce from others on here, I was excited to try it. When I got my order I checked the bag, no sauces at all, went to the counter and asked for them and was told they did not have the garlic sauce. I asked if she meant they were out of them and she said no, they don’t have them at that location period. That is very sloppy business Popeye’s, if you are advertising a promo with a sauce, then every location should have it. Even when it comes to deserts, I have found not every location carries the same deserts.

    For the same kind of food as this item, Raising Caine’s is much better and fresher and their sauce is excellent. Sadly they are not nationwide yet.

    • Phaet says:

      If your location didn’t have the sauce that is featured with this type of chicken, then I strongly question whether they gave you the advertised cuts of chicken. You may have gotten a few chicken strips, which is unfortunate if true. Better luck next time. =(

      • Jonathan Wayne says:

        Yeah, beginning to wonder that myself. It looked like the chicken above, somewhat. This is the first miss that I have ever had from Popeye’s, never been disappointed with them before. A lot of times my location does not have the seafood offerings either. Popeye’s lack of consistency among their stores is not good.

        • Manavee says:

          They always say “participation may vary,” but I’e found that with certain chains, the participation varies much more than others.

          The worst offenders are:
          1. Popeye’s
          2. Arby’s
          3. Checker’s/Rally’s

          I once went up to a Checkers to order the Fry Burger that I think I had seen on Grubgrade. The cashier looked at me like I was from outer space.

  11. lz says:

    I thought the seasoning on my tenderloins was even hotter than their spicy tenders regular menu item. It was almost like the “tear’n” meant my eyes would be tearing, not that the chicken needed to be torn.

    • Will. B says:

      I agree, I tried it the other day and by one tenderloin in they were already approaching my tolerance for spice. I had to alternate with bites of the biscuit and drink just to finish it up. I think the recipe must be closer to the spicy tenders than the normal one. I wasn’t big on the sauce this time either; I’m glad I asked for a BBQ sauce alongside the new one, as I ended up eating most of it with that.

      Also, I must have gotten them on a slow day where they sat under the heat lamp a while, because mine were not very tender or juicy. I tend to get their seafood specials more often because this seems to happen a lot at the Popeyes I go to, whereas they almost always yell back to the kitchen to have the seafood made fresh to order.

  12. david says:

    i disagree. this one isn’t worth 3.99 because what you get is basically snack sized and not worth the price.

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