El Pollo Loco
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Kentucky Fried Chicken
Maggiano's Little Italy
Noodles & Company
People love their fried chicken, and Popeyes Fried Chicken is almost a religion to some people. The flavor is based on a recipe created by Al Copeland, a New Orleans legend, and Popeyes has been in business for almost 50 years. The chicken has the spicy flavor profile of Cajun cuisine as described on their webite:
"Popeyes® culinary heritage is built upon the rich Cajun and creole flavor profiles that are unmistakably Louisiana. We continuously draw upon and celebrate this heritage to inspire new, authentic menu creations the world craves. Popeyes distinguishes itself with a unique New Orleans style menu…"
The issue is that it is not very good for you - and not for why you might think.
Eating fried chicken every now and then is not a big deal. Yes, it is high in fat and calories and should be considered a splurge and not a day-to-day part of your meal plan. The real issue is the sodium.
This is the case more and more with fast food restaurants, and it has made it hard to choose anything that might be something reasonably healthy to eat. I have created this list of selected items for you to use when you must eat out. The items listed fall generally under 500 calories or so and under 15 grams of fat, so if you are going to be eating at Popeyes, this is a fairly good guideline. The challenge is the added salt, and for this list I have tried to keep this closer to 600 milligrams per serving.
I've also included a printable version so that you can print it out and take it with you for reference.
|Bonafide® chicken -spicy or mild||Portion size||Total calories||Total fat (g)||Sat fat (g)||Sodium (mg)||Dietary fiber (g)|
|Handcrafted tenders & nuggets|
|Handcrafted tenders - blackened||3 pieces||170||2||0||550||0|
|Handcrafted nuggets®||6 pieces||225||14||6||345||2|
|Loaded chicken wrap||1||310||12||5||790||3|
|Corn on the cob* cobbet (1)||Reg||210||6||3||30||4|
|Corn on the cob* cobbet (3)||Lg||630||18||9||90||12|
|Red beans & rice||Reg||247||16||5||606||6|
|Additional menu items*|