Jul 29, 2013

Review: Popeyes- Chicken Waffle Tenders

Popeyes' new, limited-time Chicken Waffle Tenders are made with chicken breast strips marinated in the chain's familiar Louisiana spices, then covered in a "unique and crispy waffle-style coating." The concept combines the Southern dish of chicken and waffles into one convenient package.

A combo with three tenders, Cajun fries, a biscuit, and Honey Maple dipping sauce runs for $4.99.

The tenders I received seemed to have come straight from the fryer, which is to say they were piping hot and a little more oily than usual. The chicken was pretty juicy.

The breading on the Chicken Waffle Tenders aren't as flaky as the regular Tenders, but still deliver an extra crispy crunch. If you tend toward spicy chicken, these are only available in mild.

In taste, the coating is similar to a crispy waffle. It's savory, but not really salty or sweet. If you find fried chicken in general to be too salty, Popeye's latest tenders might be worth a go for a more measured experience. The flavor is interesting and pretty good to boot.

Sweetness comes in the form of the Honey Maple dipping sauce, which is actually a little tangy and weird on its own, but gives a bit of a maple-donut-glaze feel when combined with the Chicken Waffle Tenders.

Overall, Popeye's Chicken Waffle Tenders are pretty tasty and meshes the taste of chicken and waffles in a way that just works. It actually fits together better than actual chicken and waffles for me because I usually either eat the chicken and then the waffles or the waffles and then the chicken. I've tried eating both at the same time in the past, but didn't care for it.

Nutritional info not available.


  1. I was SO looking forward to these, but they were a bit of a disappointment. The reason chicken and waffles are so good is the saltiness of the chicken combined with the sweetness of the waffles/syrup. With these tenders, the waffle batter is sweet, with absolutely no saltiness/spice in combination. It's just all sweet, all waffle batter. I think not offering these in a spicy version was also a mistake. I was expecting to eat these throughout the month, but once was enough to me.

  2. I REALLY want to try this but they aren't available at my local Popeyes sadly. I love chicken and waffles though.

  3. I'm pondering trying these, but the reviews have been mixed, so I'm not sure if it's worth breaking my low sodium diet for them.

  4. I ended up trying it, and it was totally not worth it. Not worth the price, not worth breaking a diet for it, not even worth it if I weren't trying to watch what I ate. They were just semi-spicy chicken strips in a slightly sweetened crust with a very sweet dipping sauce.

    I thought the fries were a lot better (I don't think I ever tried Popeye's fries before).

  5. If you're on a diet, why step into a Popeye's? Get out of here.

  6. Agreed, get healthy first and then go back to eating fun stuff haha

  7. I'm probably the only one, but I miss Obbop posting about the travesty of only one biscuit per combo meal... I found it a bit ridiculous, but the consistency was amusing.



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