Review: Voodoo Tenders from Popeyes

The latest LTO at Popeyes are new Voodoo Tenders and it seems like until the Chicken Sandwich returns, a lot of people won’t be paying attention.  I’m not sure even Popeyes is paying much attention.  The Popeyes website has been stuck on the missing Chicken Sandwich for almost two months now and we’ve gone through at least two new offerings in the meantime with barely any promotion.Popeyes Voodoo Chicken TendersNew Voodoo Tenders are basically a trio of Popeyes Chicken Tenders with a drizzling of new Voodoo Sauce and a sprinkling of chives.  It looks interesting and it sounds interesting, but it’s so very forgettable.  Let’s review: Popeyes Voodoo Chicken TendersI’ll get this out of the way first, Popeyes Chicken Tenders have never been a good representation of Popeyes Chicken.  They’re plain and don’t have much going on flavor wise.  The fast food king of cajun spices doesn’t seem to have much influence on Popeyes Chicken Tenders for some odd reason.  They’re so plain that on multiple occasions my dog is offered one at the drive-thru.  The new sweet chili Voodoo Sauce does a subpar job at livening up these Tenders.  The Voodoo Sauce is a light drizzling, but you’ve got a dipping sauce container to use too.  It’s flavor consists mainly of pineapple and chili pepper which gives the chicken more of an odd Asian-inspired taste than cajun.  The chives aren’t worth mentioning other than they give the dish a unique look.Popeyes Voodoo Chicken TendersAt a price of $3.99 for the Voodoo Tenders and sauce, it’s a weak value considering the chicken is more on the flat and thin side.  For a dollar more you add a regular side and biscuit which is always a good way to round out the meal.  Popeyes Voodoo Chicken TendersPopeyes new Voodoo Tenders didn’t impress me much and they rely heavily on the new sauce for its flavor.  The sweet chili Voodoo Sauce lacks heat and has a flavor that feels foreign to Popeyes.  Not worth a repeat buy.

Pros: Unique look and cool name.

Cons: Voodoo Sauce flavor lacks bold flavor and heat. Popeyes Tenders need to be revamped.

Taste: 4.00/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $3.99

Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10

Nutrition Facts:
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13 comments on “Review: Voodoo Tenders from Popeyes

  1. Johnnyboy says:

    Thank for the review, I just saw the commercial for this like 1 hour ago. I will give it a try anyway, I like to document all these weird experiments from fast food companies.

  2. Robert says:

    I’d gladly give these a try, but the Popeye’s closest to me (Homewood, IL) is consistently the most infuriating fast food location I’ve ever been to. They never even offer half of the LTOs, and when they do have them, they’ll force you to get fries even when it says “regular side” on the sign. That’s on top of the 20 minute wait and ruuuude staff. Venting here as complaining to corporate hasn’t done jack squat. Anyway, thanks for trying these!

    • Dale Giancaspro says:

      We had a Popeye’s several years ago (Burleson, Tx) that never made beans and rice the same way twice. Customer service was nonexistent. I emailed corporate with my dissatisfaction and got no reply whatsoever. Two months later, the store closed. We have a new one, several miles away, and it’s top notch, thank God!

  3. Sue Shehadi says:

    I saw that they the drive thru today about the Voodoo Tenders. It doesn’t look appealibg to me at all. Popeyes is a big corporation with the spicy and mild chicken. They should go back to their bone-in spicy hot wings. Now the hot wings were the best and they removed off their menu that sucks, but the Voodoo Tenders is a No do. Popeyes have some competition out their, for one Jewel their fried chicken is the best and they have various chickens as well.

  4. Marcia Mays says:

    I tried the voodoo chicken tenders $5 meal and it wasn’t nothing to write home about. The sauce was too sweet and didn’t have the spicy kick that I thought it would have. In my opinion it was a total waste of money. Popeye’s could have done better with this idea. In addition, after reading the review, I found out that I wasn’t given a dipping sauce.

  5. Marcia Williamson says:

    I tried the voodoo chicken tenders $5 meal and it wasn’t nothing to write home about. The sauce was too sweet and didn’t have the spicy kick that I thought it would have. In my opinion it was a total waste of money. Popeye’s could have done better with this idea. In addition, after reading the review, I found out that I wasn’t given a dipping sauce.

    • max says:

      From the youtube reviews I’ve seen, the dipping sauce is just more of the sauce that’s the chicken is already covered in, so it doesn’t sound like you were missing much.

  6. CAM says:

    You know you can get the chicken fingers spicy, right? And they have other sauces. If you think the tenders are plain, I don’t know why you’re not ordering them spicy.

    • Ryan says:

      Yeah, but I’m reviewing Voodoo Tenders and not Popeyes Chicken Tenders with added cajun spice and whatever sauce I’d like. Reviews are for products as they come with no customizations.

      • max says:

        I don’t know, I can understand being strict about no other sauces, since it’s the Voodoo sauce that is supposed to be the attraction, but it seems like it’s not a big issue about ordering the spicy over the non spicy. I mean, if it’s that big an issue for you, maybe just order it both ways and compare for the review.

  7. The scariest thing about the chicken is how its not at all hot. Its like eating candy its so sweet. Complete fail in my opinion. The red beans and rice have more spice.

  8. Djgabsters says:

    Incredibly through review will be returning back for more of this content! Right up my alley!

  9. Angie says:

    I surprisingly hated these. Wasn’t at all feeling the Voodoo sauce.

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