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6 Secret Popeyes Menu Items You Have to Try at Least Once

Even the legendary chicken sandwich can be upgraded.
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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen may have roots down South, but almost 50 years after the chain was founded, it's become a staple for Americans of all stripes. Today its signature orange logo is a beacon for fried food lovers everywhere, promising consistently well-executed comfort food with Cajun flavors.

But true Popeyes fanatics know that there's more to the menu than meets the eye. That's right, just like In-N-Out and McDonald's, the New Orleans chain has a secret menu. Unlike its fast-food counterparts, Popeyes secret menu is less about providing a secret password and more about asking nicely and putting in some DIY effort.

So, with the caveat that results may vary, read on to uncover all the off-the-grid items you can order at the popular joint. And for more on the latest fast-food trends, don't miss 6 Most Anticipated Fast-Food Menu Items Launching This Year.

1

Cajun Gravy Fries

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Popeyes Cajun Fries are already the stuff of legends, but order the crispy spuds with the chain's signature house-made gravy, and you're on your way to poutine—minus the cheese. In fact, Popeyes did once offer actual cajun poutine, complete with gravy and cheese curds, but since its removal from the menu, fans have started DIY-ing the dish this way.

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2

Chicken Ranch Sandwich

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We're not reinventing the wheel in any huge way here—the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich is already a well-known fast-food delicacy. But after seeing rumors of this secret menu version on the internet and trying it myself, I'm hooked. Get your chicken sandwich with a side of ranch, then drizzle it over the chicken. The result? Something I didn't know was possible: an upgrade to Popeyes' signature dish.

3

Chicken Biscuit

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Yes, you can have fried chicken for breakfast. With a little bit of coaxing, I was able to get Popeyes to serve me their tenders with a side of biscuits. I then combined the two and made this delicious secret-menu offering well known among the chain's fanatics.

4

Sweet & Spicy Red Beans and Rice

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The most pleasant surprise on the secret menu is this reimagination of Popeyes classic red beans and rice. Simply order the side with two packets of honey and one packet of hot sauce (adjust to your taste preference), pour them in, mix, and enjoy the flavorful combo.

5

Cinnamon Sugar Biscuit

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While this one is tricky to order, the sweet results are worth it. Simply get an order of biscuits, and ask if it's possible to coat them in the cinnamon sugar Popeyes usually reserves for their apple pies. It's a fairly simple combo but the flavor you'll end up with is incredible.

6

Cajun Sprinkle

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By far the easiest order on the secret menu, this addicting Cajun sprinkle is good on literally everything Popeyes serves. When you're checking out, just ask the cashier to throw a few packets of Cajun Sparkle in your bag—the spice is a behind-the-counter addition, available upon request only. Enjoy it on everything from fries to chicken wings.

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Kaley Roberts
Kaley Roberts is a food writer. Read more