I know this post about Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, following on the heels of my review of Bojangles’ Famous Chicken and Biscuits, is going to make it sound like I frequent nothing but southern-style chicken establishments. Totally not true. But I’d be lying if I said these two restaurants aren’t possibly my favorite keto fast joints. Much like Bojangles’, the menu at Popeye’s is fairly limited. There are actually fewer options there. But they are delicious.
If you go to Popeyes, you must order their blackened or naked chicken tenders. They’re the same thing, but it seems like they go by different names at different locations. If you order one and the person is like “huh?” just say the other, and they’ll be like “sure!” These are chicken breast tenderloins that are coated in cajun seasoning and grilled to perfection. You can order them spicy or mild. I’ve never had the spicy and let me tell you, I’d be kind of afraid to try them, because the mild has plenty of heat. They come with your choice of dipping sauces, but the ranch and blackened ranch are really your only options that aren’t chock-full of carbs.
As far as sides go, they have two that appear keto-friendly at face value: the green beans and coleslaw. However, according to their nutrition guide, the coleslaw has a whopping 17g of net carbs. It must be truly southern-style, with sugar added in. The green beans, on the other hand, are only 4g of net carbs – and they are really, really good. They’re the best green beans I’ve had that aren’t my Meemaw’s, which she snaps herself and then cooks in hogjowl all day.
The above pictured meal – 5 mild naked tenders, green beans, and an unsweet tea – came up to a total of 477cal, 10g net carbs, 20g of fat, and 46g of protein.
- Literally everything else on the menu is breaded or has added sugar.
- Only one potential low carb side – the green beans.
- I always have to pull over to wait for the naked tenders to be cooked – I usually wind up sitting there for 5-10 minutes, even on a night where there are very few cars in the drive thru.
- A little more expensive – I pay around $8-9 for a combo.
- Their website lists nutritional info.
- Their naked tenders are amazing. I much prefer their chicken to Bojangles’.
- Their green beans are some of the best I’ve ever had, too.
Verdict: The food at Popeye’s is really good, although the selection is limited. I actually prefer them to Bojangles’, but it’s only worth it if I’ve got a slightly higher budget and time to sit in the drive thru and wait.