Popeyes Spicy Chicken

Did You Know Popeyes Fried Chicken Has A Secret Menu Item?

How did Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen become my favorite fried chicken?

When I was a kid, we usually had fried chicken from the Colonel. It was mostly a proximity thing. His nearest restaurant was less than a mile from my childhood home.

I wanted to eat Popeyes but mostly cause I was a fan of Popeye, the Sailor Man cartoon, and thought this was his restaurant.

Popeyes ad - Miami Herald 3-28-82
Popeyes ad – Miami Herald 3-28-82

My parents and grandparents thought that Popeyes chicken was spicy, and they weren’t having any of that.

In my late teens, I would finally get my hands on Popeyes, and I haven’t looked back since.

Funny thing is now my parents prefer Popeyes too. My wife, dad, sister, and I always order the chicken spicy while my mom likes to stick to the mild.


It’s not just the fried chicken and chicken tenders (get that Mardi Gras Mustard dipping sauce!) that are killer, but so are the sides.

There is just no way I’m eating at Popeyes and staying away from that delicious mashed potatoes with gravy and those buttery biscuits.

Getting one of their fried pies is a must for dessert and always be on the lookout for a seasonal pie too, they’re so good.


Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Popeye's Biscuits
Cajun Fries
Cajun Fries
Chicken Tenders
Chicken Tenders
Popeye's Spicy Fried Chicken
Spicy Fried Chicken
Fried Pie
Fried Pie


In May 2019 I was traveling on a book signing tour. When I was in Atlanta I spotted a Popeyes location advertising a fried chicken sandwich. We were just a few days away from getting back to Miami so I figured I’d try it then, WRONG!

To my surprise, it was not available nationwide yet and I had just missed the opportunity to try it early.

I was ready for its Miami debut and it did not disappoint.

The fried chicken sandwich from Popeyes might be a recent addition but it’s an important one. Its release caused a tidal wave of chicken sandwich cravings that they are still riding, rightfully so.

There are two versions, a spicy and a regular. Both are excellent but the spicy is just a notch above cause of the inclusion of a spicy cajun spread.

Popeyes changed the game with their chicken sandwich.

Popeye's Chicken Sandwich
Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich


There is a rumored Popeyes Secret Menu but that’s all there is to it. I mean, sure there are those great blackened chicken tenders which are highly addictive. There’s no unofficial secret menu to speak of and I’m not counting the hacks where you create your own new dish.

But, there is one thing you might not know about, Cajun Sparkle.


Popeyes Cajun Sparkle
Popeyes Cajun Sparkle

Cajun Sparkle is a New Orleans-style packet of spices. It will next level your chicken. I mean, is that even possible considering how great it already is?

Just wanted to throw a shout out to my favorite Popeyes location. I’ve been coming here for years and everything is always on point. Check them out if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

1501 NW 20th Street
Miami, Florida


  1. I miss the onion rings from Popeyes! I grew up eating those and they were so good. Popeyes was like 45 minutes away but we always ordered it when visiting Sarasota in the 1990’s…

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