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12 Things You Might Want To Avoid Ordering
At Popeyes
By Jay Wilson
Popeyes has become one of the major players in the fried chicken world, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t menu items that should be avoided like the four-piece chicken meal. It comes with four pieces of chicken, some fries, a biscuit, and a drink, adding up to a meal that’s bursting with calories (1,662 in total), fat, and sodium.
1. Four-Piece Chicken Meal
A large portion of Popeyes’ Homestyle Mac & Cheese contains 850 calories — 550 from fat alone, including an enormous proportion of saturated fats that affect heart health. A Popeyes employee even revealed on Reddit that it’s the only thing off the menu they’d never order, both because of its price and variable consistency.
2. Mac & Cheese
Popeyes’ cajun fries certainly deliver a little kick of flavor with each bite, but they also add 800 calories to a customer’s plate (in a large size), and 370 of them come from fat. Its large cajun fries also deliver almost 100 grams of carbs, which is between a third and just under half of the entire amount of carbs needed daily.
3. Cajun Fries
Only found at certain stores, an order of Popeyes’ deep-fried chicken livers weighs in at a huge 1,190 calories, most of which are provided by their fat content. They also contain approximately 170% of the daily recommended limit of saturated fats, which can be negatively impactful on the heart, brain, and liver over time.
4. Chicken Livers
One Popeyes’ kids’ meal chicken tender has a lip-smacking 610 milligrams of sodium, and giving a child that amount of sodium in a relatively small piece of food is unwise. Children under 8 should have their sodium intake restricted to around 1,500 milligrams per day, and younger kids (under 3) should have a maximum of 1,200 per day.
5. Kids' Meals