Jan 11, 2016

Review: Popeyes - Spice Packed Wings

Popeyes' Spice Packed Wings feature fried chicken wings tossed in a dry seasoning blend.

I paid $3.99 for an order of six wings, which also came with Spicy Pepper Ranch for dipping.

The breading on the wings were super crunchy and pretty thick. They were fairly dry rather than greasy. Inside, the meat was juicy but there wasn't much to go around as far as chicken wings go.

The dry seasoning offered a smokiness with a good amount of heat and hints of garlic, onion, and salt. Rather than the wings being tossed in seasoning, it seemed instead like the seasoning was tossed onto the wings. Which is to say, the wings were covered in seasoning on one side and were mostly bare on the other side. The bites with the seasoning were intensely flavorful but also drying and too salty.

The Spicy Pepper Ranch offered the typical tang, cream, and herbiness of ranch dressing but also added a solid kick of heat and a varied bell pepper-like end note. I liked it but would better appreciate the flavor with plain wings or tenders rather than well-seasoned ones.

Overall, Popeyes' Spice Packed Wings were pretty good, especially if you like a lot of crunchy breading on your fried chicken. The seasoning was tasty but could be distributed a lot better. They also make me want to try tossing various instant noodle seasonings on plain fried chicken.

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