July 15, 2021, 2:14 p.m. EDT

Popeyes chicken nuggets to launch on July 27

Tonya Garcia

Popeyes is taking the chicken wars to the next level with the introduction of the chain’s chicken nuggets in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico on July 27.

Popeyes nuggets will be available in options ranging from four pieces to 36 pieces. A 48-piece option will be sold exclusively on the Popeyes app or website.

Popeyes nuggets will come with a range of dipping sauce options including blackened Ranch, buttermilk Ranch and Mardi Gras mustard.

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Popeyes is part of the Restaurant Brands Inc. (NYS:QSR) portfolio that also includes Burger King.

Wendy’s Co. (NAS:WEN) and McDonald’s Corp. (NYS:MCD) are among the companies that have focused on chicken sandwiches over the past months.

Popeyes has been on a growth trajectory, reporting a 7% year-over-year revenue increase for the first quarter after a 32.3% increase in 2020.

Restaurant Brands reported an earnings beat for the quarter. The company’s stock has gained 4% for the year to date while the benchmark S&P 500 index (S&P:SPX) is up 15.7% for the period.

Popeyes has chicken tenders on its menu already, but not nuggets.

For those wanting a meat-free option, Beyond Meat Inc. (NAS:BYND) recently added plant-based chicken tenders to its offerings.

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