Jan 9, 2014

Review: Popeyes - Bayou Buffalo Wicked Chicken

Popeyes' Bayou Buffalo Wicked Chicken throws some Buffalo sauce onto their limited-time Wicked Chicken offering. Basically, they're thin-cut strips of fried chicken breast tossed in buffalo sauce.

It was $3.99 for a combo that came with Cajun fries and a biscuit.

If you've never tried Wicked Chicken before, they're a little bit like chicken fries, except with actual strips of chicken rather than the ground mechanically-processed stuff, and they're battered rather than breaded. The strips also curl as they cook.

The sauce made the normally crispy batter soggy. It was pretty much soft all around with not even the barest crunch. Despite the thinness of the strips, the chicken remained moist inside.

The Buffalo sauce gave them a nice tanginess and a pretty good kick of heat. There's blue cheese sauce for dipping but I forgot to get it. I imagine it would help soften the spiciness.

Overall, Popeyes' Bayou Buffalo Wicked Chicken were quite good in the flavor department, but lacking in texture; soggy chicken is no bueno. I later toasted some in the toaster oven and it added that missing crispiness that I was hoping for so you might want to try that if you get them.

Nutritional info not available (Popeyes does not publish it for limited-time items).