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Popeyes' Highly-Anticipated New Item Just Launched

Are you ready for the new craze?

If history has taught us anything, it's that we should be fully prepared for the madness that could ensue when Popeyes launches a new chicken item. In 2019, the chain caused an absolute national collective meltdown when it launched its iconic chicken sandwich and then couldn't handle the insane demand. Yup, the Crispy Chicken Sandwich sold out in only two weeks, and its unavailability during the following two months only helped fuel its lasting popularity.

And now, on the even of another major new release from the chain, we have to wonder: will things get wildly out of hand when Popeyes releases its long-awaited Chicken Nuggets on July 27?

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According to recent reports, the chain is better prepared this time around. The company said it has been stockpiling chicken amid a national shortage and is increasing staffing capacities ahead of the major launch. Basically, doing everything in its power to avoid shortages of any kind. According to TMZ, the brand's corporate execs are even visiting nationwide locations in-person to ensure the chain is rock-solid with the highly anticipated rollout. Clearly, Popeyes is anticipating huge crowds at their locations following the release.

"Just like our game-changing Chicken Sandwich, our new Chicken Nuggets are unlike anything you may have experienced before," the chain's president Sami Siddiqui said in a statement. "We aim to show the world once again the magic of Popeyes chicken with our new Nuggets."

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Courtesy of Popeyes

From what we know of the new item, it'll be prepared using the same winning hand-breaded and crisped-to-perfection recipe that makes all of the chain's chicken so craveable. For now, the nuggets will only be available in a classic flavor, but you can pair them with any of the popular dipping sauces: Bayou Buffalo, BoldBQ, Blackened Ranch, Buttermilk Ranch, Mardi Gras Mustard, Sweet Heat, etc. The new item will come in sizes ranging from 4 to 36 pieces (and even 48 pieces, available exclusively on Popeyes' website).

For those of you who'll be venturing out to a Popeyes location to try the nuggets, all we can say is . . . good luck!

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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