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This Beloved Chicken Chain Is Celebrating an Anniversary With a Major Deal

It's a price we haven't seen in 50 years.

In 1972, Don McLean scored a #1 hit with "American Pie" and the Watergate scandal started bursting at the seams. Meanwhile, over in New Orleans, you could get two pieces of fried chicken for just 59 cents.

That great price on the chicken was offered at the very first Popeyes location. And the Southern chicken chain plans on bringing it back for its 50th-anniversary celebration on June 12.

The throwback deal will be digital-only and come with two pieces of signature bone-in-Cajun chicken for 59 cents with a $5 minimum purchase through the Popeyes mobile app and Popeyes.com.

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Popeyes was founded in 1972 in New Orleans by Al Copeland, as Popeyes Mighty Good Chicken, later to be renamed Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken. In April of this year, the chain completed a redesign on its historic Canal Street location, unveiling a new restaurant design and digital ordering options. While the Canal Street location is not the first Popeyes location, it is one of the company's flagship stores.

Since then, Popeyes has now grown to 2,814 restaurants in the U.S., but the chain claims to use the same cooking and prep techniques that garnered success at its first location. This includes culinary traditions like hand battering, hand breading, and a 12-hour marinade on all its fried chicken.

For its most recent menu release, Popeyes launched the Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwich as a twist on its original viral creation, the ultra-popular Crispy Chicken Sandwich (of the Chicken Sandwich Wars fame). The sandwich features the same buttery brioche bun with pickles and hand-breaded chicken–only now slathered in a creamy buffalo ranch sauce. It debuted in May and has received mostly positive reviews. It currently sells at $4.99 as a single item at most locations, nationwide.

Amber Lake
Amber Lake is a staff writer at Eat This, Not That! and has a degree in journalism from UNF in Jacksonville, Florida. Read more