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Blackened Chicken Sandwiches Have Been Spotted On The Popeyes Menu

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Popeyes broke the fast food industry last time they introduced a fried chicken sandwich, mainly because people kept commenting on how good it actually was.

The fried chicken specialists seem to have released another sandwich, but opted not to fry up the poultry this time around.

Instead, they’ve come up with a Blackened Chicken Sandwich (also available in spicy form) that’s popped up on the menu on their website. YouTuber Peep This Out!, who found the sandwich at a location in Southern California, also noted that ordering this non-fried sandwich had to be done through the Popeyes app.

The sandwich is available in classic and spicy form, both of which consist of a blackened chicken breast, pickles, mayo, and a brioche bun, making it similar in build to the viral Popeyes fried chicken sandwich.

Blackened chicken is chicken rubbed in a blend of spices that’s then cooked over high heat. It’s not fried, which gives Popeyes a possible better-for-you version of their fried chicken staple.

At this point, it’s not clear yet how long the blackened sandwich has been out or where you can get it, but Chewboom is reporting that the sandwich is a limited time offer at participating locations.

Foodbeast has also reached out to Popeyes to get more info and we’ll keep you updated as we know more.

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If You’re Offended Over A Whole Camel Being Roasted, Then Hop Out Of That Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Line

“I’m never eating meat again.”

“This is truly sick.”

“I see why people are eating less meat. This looks sick.”

“Unfollowing”

“No one wants to see this shit.”

And this was just a sample of the 791 comment avalanche that hit the Foodbeast account the other week after we posted footage of Turkish restaurant, Ercan Steakhouse, smoking a whole camel.

The outrage was puzzling, though. Aren’t we the same country that does whole hog barbecue, whole roast pork, and salivates over whole roasted ducks with nary a peep of backlash or vitriol aimed at anything and anyone? Isn’t there a viral epidemic going around of folks lining up and acting an outright fool over chicken sandwiches? What difference is there that millions of chickens are plundered for specific parts just to meet the demand for a Popeye’s chicken sandwich these days? Yet here we are — I myself included because that sandwich slaps — without an ounce of guilt accompanying the satisfying crunch of it.

In the immortal words of Nate Dogg: “I’ve got 21 questions, and they’re all about us.”

Sure, it’s a heady topic over some chicken sandwiches, but in the latest episode of The Katchup, hosts Geoffrey Kutnick and Elie Ayrouth dive into the hypocrisy this situation exposes.

Yet I must admit, the sight of a whole camel being pushed into a smoker large enough to accommodate the size of the animal was jarring at first. But the initial shock gave way to curiosity, fascination, and awe. It’s not everyday you see a camel being consumed in such a way — at least to mine, and so it seems a lot of our audience’s Western eyes. And I get it, camels aren’t exactly the most common protein we’re eating regularly in our part of the world. Key words: our part of the world. Imagine the audacity to think that how we eat is the same as how other folks eat in various parts of the world. Step into another region in your own state and they’re even dining differently. What’s shocking to some may be the norm to others; the availability of different food and ingredients relative to its location is ultimately affecting how we eat, after all.

Besides the indignation shown for the actual animal being consumed, another point can be made that we just aren’t ready to see where our food comes from. That sandwich we’re lining up for? Imagine the visual of the thousands of dead chickens needed to fulfill our viral cravings.

This now brings up the issue I never wanted to think about — where does Popeyes source their chickens? Frankly, it’s a conversation that we’re not ready to delve into. I don’t have answers, and I know that Popeyes chicken sandwich tastes just as good as the ignorance to those facts.

The same lot of us up in arms over the sight of an entire camel being cooked, are often the same ones waiting in line for a chicken sandwich. Nothing wrong with eating said sandwich at all, but if we’re still appalled by that, then maybe we shouldn’t be elbows deep in some Popeyes sandwiches.

Conversations and quotes in this article have been transcribed from the Foodbeast Katchup podcast: “#102: Camel Meat and Popeyes, We’re All Hypocrites,” out now on Spotify, the Apple Podcasts App, and all major platforms where podcasts are heard.
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Popeyes Drops New Fiery ‘Voodoo Tenders’

We know the only Popeyes news you want to hear involves a spicy crispy chicken breast between a warm bun, but don’t sleep on their spooky new offering.

Popeyes just launched new Voodoo Tenders, which consist of their classic crispy chicken strips, doused with a garlicky sweet chili “Voodoo Sauce,” and a heap of chives to add a little bit of color.

The sauce itself is quite nice, and the spice actually comes through without being overpowering.

As of now, they come in a 3-piece and 5-piece combo that includes one of their choking-hazard biscuits and a regular side.

Again, sorry that this isn’t the Popeyes news you were expecting, but I suppose you can take your own bread and make a Voodoo chicken sandwich.