What You Need To Know Before Eating Popeyes Again

What You Need To Know Before Eating Popeyes Again


Whether Popeyes is one of your favorite fast-food
joints or you haven’t popped ’round in quite awhile, there are a few things you really
ought to know about this popular chain. “Not your bland, mealy-mouthed, wishy-washy
chicken… but chicken that says, ‘Yo, let me take your mouth for a ride!'” Without further ado, let’s follow the smell
of that delicious fried chicken and see what we can see. When Vox talked to some Popeyes employees
during The Great Chicken Sandwich Outage of 2019, they found employees weren’t just exhausted,
they were dealing with some downright abusive customers. One manager spent so much time on her feet,
her legs went numb. That’s because she’d been working 12-hour
days after one of her co-workers abruptly decided to quit under the pressure. While serving insanely long lines of hungry
people, employees weren’t allowed to take breaks or sit down. And when the sandwiches started to run out,
customers went crazy. Nevertheless, when the chicken sandwich finally
made its grand return in November 2019, things got even more insane: “Gonna go to some breaking news. A man pulls a knife and stabs someone to death
at a Popeyes in Maryland tonight.” “Fist fights. Car crashes. Even a murder. Yeah this is going to sound pretty ridiculous,
but all of that is over a chicken sandwich.” As you’re no doubt aware, fried chicken should
be considered a tasty treat rather than a regular menu staple. It’s definitely not the healthiest option
out there… and Popeyes chicken is particularly bad for you. It doesn’t take a genius to know that… “So how do you explain Popeye’s $3.99 Chicken
and a Biscuit?” “You’re not a student.” Let’s start with the chicken sandwich. This new, insanely popular offering is packed
with 690 calories, 42 grams of fat, and 1,443 milligrams of sodium. Now compare that to Chick-fil-A’s chicken
sandwich, which is just 440 calories, 19 grams of fat, and 1,350 milligrams of sodium. Speaking to Heathline, nutritionists were
quick to point out that neither sandwich is particularly good for you … but Chick-fil-A’s
is by far the healthier choice. As for Popeyes chicken sandwich, would you
like some fries with that? Please note that a large order of Cajun fries
is packed with 770 calories, 41 grams of fat, and 1,700 milligrams of sodium. Just something to keep in mind as you’re stepping
up to the counter. Watching your waistline? If so, Popeyes’ biscuits can be downright
dangerous… because who on Earth can eat just one? Unfortunately, all that goodness comes with
260 calories, 15 grams of fat, and 450 mg of sodium… and that’s per biscuit! To put that in perspective, you only have
to eat three biscuits to hit the American Heart Association’s guidelines for how much
sodium you should ideally consume in a single day. “No, the secret here is the sides.” Is it though? As far as the sides are concerned, there’s
nothing particularly healthy on the menu. Even if you decide on something seemingly
innocuous — like the large red beans and rice — you’re talking about 690 calories
and 1,740 mg of sodium. Jeez Louise! If you’re busily writing up your Popeyes “must-have”
list, Cajun Sparkle should definitely be right up on top and highlighted in red. This sensational stuff really elevates fried
chicken — and it’s the secret ingredient that kept chefs like Anthony Bourdain coming
back for more. In 1972, Popeyes founder Al Copeland traded
his donut stand for a fried chicken stand, and at first, business wasn’t so hot. But when he switched up the spice, that’s
when things really started cooking. In fact, Cajun Sparkle was so important to
Copeland, it wasn’t part of the deal when he ultimately sold the chain. Instead, he charged Popeyes a licensing fee
to continue using the seasoning — and he did it for over 20 years, up until 2014. That’s when the powers that be paid a shocking
$43 million just for the rights to the special spice blend. And here’s the brilliant thing — you can
even ask for extra packets of Cajun Sparkle, so there’s absolutely nothing keeping you
from stashing away a few to take home. Will it make your own fried chicken as good
as Popeyes? Probably not… but it’ll make your popcorn
taste absolutely stellar. Popeyes employees have warned customers to
steer clear of a few items. In one Reddit thread, an employee revealed
that spicy chicken doesn’t sell nearly as fast as the regular chicken… which means
the spicy chicken winds up sitting around longer than the 30-minute time limit. And the exact same thing apparently happens
with the fish… because it’s just not popular enough to sell out quickly. Of course, this is Reddit we’re talking about,
so take all of this with a grain of salt. So, here’s another burning question: when’s
the best time to go to Popeyes to ensure you get the chicken at its absolute freshest? According to one Redditor, customers should
come around 10 a.m., right when the restaurant opens. If that’s not in the cards for you, here’s
another strong choice: The employee says to come right when the chicken has the highest
turnover… either around 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. Good to know! “Puh-pow.” “Puh-pow!” “PUH-POW!” “Paul, please.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “What You Need To Know Before Eating Popeyes Again

  1. Did Popeye's ever claim to be healthy? I guess it's up to "Mashed" to inform people that fried foods are bad for people trying to watch or lose weight?

  2. forget the video!!
    lets break this f*cker down–>

    Popeyes chicken > Chick-fil-a chicken

    Popeyes fries > Chick-fil-a fries

    Popeyes sandwich == Chick-fil-a sandwich

    Popeyes mac&cheese < Chick-fil-a mac&cheese

    Popeyes biscuits > Chick-fil-a biscuits

    Popeyes hahah *no salad! < Chick-fil-a salad[s]
    Popeyes all side orders [in general] > Chick-fil-a all side orders [in general]

    there you have it! they're equal, im not even sure i agree with that, but the math is the math

  3. And you thought that black men will KILL YOU over a chicken samich! Add to the list: watermelon, barbeque ribs, and McDonald's McRib samich!

  4. Early death among black people is due to "poor" choices in food items that led to high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver and kidney failure! Bon Appetit! ;- b

  5. Over the years, people in the United States have heavily depended on fast food restaurants while other countries outside of the US hunts, catches, cleans and prepare food for their families and street food businesses. Children that are born in the United States should be raised on discipline and responsibility. They need to be taught about health and other important things in life. School system doesn't work that way.

  6. This ish is super pro Chick Filet…. it almost makes me annoyed lol but I’ll be going to Popeyes undoubtedly now

  7. For all of you french-fry-eating grouchy ex-smokers reading this, stop pouring the grease from your kettle into my pot.

  8. Watching a video about Popeyes chicken, while eating Popeyes chicken. Mind blow.

    Also sitting on the toilet writing this comment. Don't judge me, or do, I don't care.

  9. I work at taco bell they never late take breaks or sit down and that's just on a normal everyday fact of life…. My boss has a god complex and even refered himself and any of the managers there gods that should never be questioned

  10. the chaos of the long lines is a simple case of supply and demand. the demand is outweighing the supply and as with any retail establishment, your sales will determine how many hours you are allotted to run the store. so that means long lines heated customers and burnt-out employees.😩😠

  11. The guy wasn't stabbed over a chicken sandwich. The police said that the sandwich was related. Look at the article on DailyMail.com "PICTURED: Popeyes customer, 28, who was stabbed 15 seconds…" YouTuber: Timcast. "Buzzfeed wrote a fake headline about 2 black…"

  12. 🖕🏻no shit. When I see a video that’s titled “this is what you need to know before eating at Popeyes again” I’m thinking there’s some shady shit going on but y’all are talking about calories and shit. I’m sure every one knows how in healthy Popeyes is.

  13. Here in Texas, In my experience, spicy chicken always sells out first… I've lost count of how many times I've been told they only have a few left and have to wait 20min or substitute non spicy.

  14. Well for one thing the chicken are not that big I know because I us to work for them and why would you change from frash biscuits to frozen biscuits and what the hell happen to the chicken sizes are yeah useing cornish hen .

  15. Popeye's sucks! I went there the other night for the first and last time. The idiot at the drive in had the nerve to tell me he could not take the pickles off. I have never had anyone ever say this to me my entire life! The sandwich is not better than Chik-Fil-A either my advice: Chik-Fil-A is better in every possible way! It tastes better the customer service and employees are way better! Popeye's is terrible! avoid it like the plague!

  16. "What you need to know" is that someone in Maryland got fatally stabbed for cutting in line to get a chicken sandwich!!!!

  17. What you need to know is never go a Popeyes Chicken in OR near the "hood" im black and i'll pass 10 Popeyes just to find one in a nice clean area, white folks don't fight over chicken like us black folks SmH..

  18. Mashed please shut up calories are not important what is important is what type of oil they are cooking with and how much sugar is in the food

  19. Saying the sandwich was just ok is an overstatement. I kind feel like I lost $4. Really was not what the hype makes it out to be

  20. If the chicken doesn't kill you the guy behind you wanting that sandwich will kill you. And by the way nobody goes to Popeyes for healthy food.

  21. Has anyone tried the new Spiced Pumpkin 'N Cream Cheese Pie at Popeyes? They are not exactly new, but they've brought them back after five years. They look fantastic. Maybe Mashed should trash those, too. LOL

  22. Like we’re not perfect it’s commons sense if u eat this type of food just get up the next Day & workout turn it into muscle or burn it off by doing Cardio

  23. Ever since this chicken sandwich came out I haven’t had Popeyes . Am I the only one who haven’t had the sandwich ? Lol

  24. Yo.. ya'll need to stop wildin out over a damn chicken sandwich.

    I ain't even had one yet, but I'ma wait till people get they mind right.

  25. A couple of people where I'm from in the DC area got killed over these stupid chicken sandwiches. I'm goin to Panda Express . Fuck Popeyes

  26. REALLY!! Mashed if a person is going to Popeye's Chicken do you really believe they thinking about calories. Thanks for the heads up but when we want chicken from Popeye's this is the last thing on our minds.

  27. Another thing you need to know:
    When niggas start getting an unnecessary attitude, leave if you don't want to be a part of it. LOL

  28. First, I tried Popeyes chicken strips or whatever it was so dry I had to be given IV fluids! I wouldn’t step foot in Bigot-fil-A if my life depended on it!

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