Early in 2021, the menu of Popeyes sides got smaller. The fried chicken chain announced that their green beans and beloved Cajun rice were being dropped from the menu. Enthusiasts, particularly Team Cajun Rice, bemoaned the loss of their favorite fried chicken sandwich sidekick. Though baffling and a blow to many, the remaining side items are an equally tasty option to pair with their famous crunchy fried chicken. In fact, the list of Popeye’s sides include some sleeper hits that just might satisfy you on their own (Red beans and rice and a biscuit? We think that’s a pretty fine meal).
A Popeyes three-piece, crispy tenders or their in-demand chicken sandwich can all stand on their own, but for a satisfying, well-rounded fast-food meal, a side dish is a must. We devoured a crazy amount of the fried bird so we could offer you our rankings of these remaining side dishes. From mashed potatoes to coleslaw, here are our thoughts on the small but mighty menu of Popeyes sides. Crunchy, salty, cool, and satisfying, these Popeyes sides make the chain’s renowned fried chicken a full meal.
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