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Popeyes Brought Back This Popular Menu Item That Vanished 9 Years Ago

It seems the chain may be testing another beloved chicken offering.

Likely inspired by the success of its mega popular chicken sandwich, Popeyes is quietly rolling out another chicken item at select locations. The chain has allegedly brought back chicken nuggets, which were cut from nationwide menus back in 2012.

According to Chew Boom, the new nuggets have recently been spotted at select locations around the country, including Popeyes restaurants in Arkansas, Connecticut, Ohio, and Texas. They look a lot like the chicken patty from the chain's famous Classic Chicken Sandwich—made with white meat and coated with a chunky, crispy buttermilk breading. They're available in 8, 12, 24, 36 and 48-piece options, and prices vary by location. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

The chain already offers chicken tenders that undergo a similar breading treatment, but the nuggets are smaller pieces of white chicken with a greater crunch factor. These babies have not been on the Popeyes menu for almost a decade, although the chain did test out a similar bite-sized concept with a limited release of popcorn chicken in 2017.

The company hasn't announced the new addition to the menu, which means they may be testing out the nuggets in some markets before committing to a national rollout. For more about the most popular nuggets around, check out McDonald's Is Bringing Back Two Sold-Out Items in February, and to find out where Popeyes ranks in the Chicken Sandwich Wars, check out We Tried 6 Fast-Food Chicken Sandwiches & This Was the Best.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is ETNT's Executive Editor, leading the coverage of America's favorite restaurant chains, grocery stores, and viral food moments. Read more about Mura