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The Most Popular Papa John’s Wing Flavors and Poppers

Whether you’re looking for snacks to serve at your next party or a side dish to enjoy with your pizza, Papa John’s offers a delicious selection of chicken menu items.

Papa John’s has a variety of wing flavors and chicken nuggets that can be enjoyed on their own or as an accompaniment to your meal.

But instead of calling these chicken pieces “nuggets,” Papa John’s calls them “poppers.”

Each wings and chicken poppers order comes with your choice of Papa John’s dipping sauces, including Ranch, Spicy Garlic, Blue Cheese, Special Garlic, Cheese, Honey Mustard, Pizza, and Buffalo Spicy sauce.

From sweet to savory to spicy flavor options, these chicken wings and poppers are sure to satisfy any craving.

Here are the 9 best Papa John’s wings and poppers you’ll love to try!

Unsauced Roasted Wings

Sometimes simple is best. The Unsauced Roasted Wings are a great, low-calorie option for those looking for a healthier choice or a simpler flavor.

This option also allows you to experiment with all of Papa John’s signature dipping sauces.

If you love crispy wings, you’ll love the satisfying crunch on the outside while being tender and juicy on the inside.

The light Italian seasoning blend provides just enough flavor for the wings without overpowering your palate, making them ideal for those who like subtle yet flavorful food. 

With each Unsauced Roasted Wings order, you get either 6, 8, 14, or 16 pieces and a side of dipping sauce.

You can also order extra sauces at an additional cost.

Nutritional Information (6 Wings):

610 calories, 50g protein, 3g carbohydrates, 42g fat

Garlic Parmesan Wings

The aroma of garlic parmesan is simply irresistible. Combined with the crispiness of the wings, it’s a match made in heaven.

Papa John’s Garlic Parmesan Wings are lightly breaded, baked, and tossed in a fragrant garlic parmesan sauce.

These wings are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, making them a great snack or side dish for a pizza night.

These wings go well with almost anything – pizza slices or sandwiches make great side dishes for these tasty treats.

If you’re looking for something healthier to pair with your wings, try the Garden Veggie Papa Bowl.

You can also dip your wings into your favorite sauce or even blue cheese dressing if you’re feeling adventurous.

Nutritional Information (6 Wings):

860 calories, 58g protein, 5g carbohydrates, 66g fat

Buffalo Wings

Any sports event won’t be complete without Buffalo wings.

Papa John’s offers classic Buffalo Wings that are baked to golden perfection.

These wings are then tossed in hot Buffalo sauce to give you the perfect amount of heat and flavor.

If you love the kick of spice, these wings will surely satisfy your cravings for zesty flavors.

Although Papa John’s recommends pairing the Ranch sauce with Buffalo Wings, I prefer the Special Garlic sauce and Honey Mustard.

These Buffalo Wings pair great with beers and soda as that cold fizziness helps to neutralize the spiciness.

Nutritional Information (6 Wings):

630 calories, 50g protein, 6g carbohydrates, 43g fat

BBQ Wings

Papa John’s BBQ Wings are chicken wings coated in a smoky-sweet barbecue sauce.

They are served hot and crispy, with just the right amount of tangy flavor.

The combination of sweetness from the honey mustard syrup and smokiness from the chili powder and garlic powder make these wings irresistible.

When you bite into one of these wings, it releases a burst of juicy chicken, smoky BBQ flavor, and a hint of molasses.

For those who love the savory and sweet combo in their food, these wings will make you reach for another.

I love to pair these wings with Papa John’s Super Hawaiian Pizza.

The pineapple brings out the sweetness in the BBQ sauce without making it overwhelming.

Nutritional Information (6 Wings):

840 calories, 50g protein, 6g carbohydrates, 67g fat

Honey Chipotle Wings

The Honey Chipotle Wings from Papa John’s is a happy medium between the BBQ and Buffalo wings.

These wings are the perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors, with a hint of smokiness from the chipotle peppers.

The sweetness comes from the combination of honey and garlic, which balance out the spiciness of the chili powder and cayenne pepper.

The wings have enough kick to make you reach for a sip of your beverage but also enough sweetness to keep eating them.

These wings are great with Garlic or Ranch sauce, but they would also be better served with some cheese sauce.

Nutritional Information (6 Wings):

660 calories, 50g protein, 15g carbohydrates, 43g fat

Chicken Poppers

Just like the Unsauced Chicken Wings, the Chicken Poppers are regular nuggets without any added sauce.

These poppers are made from all white-meat chicken breast, breaded, and baked into golden nuggets.

These juicy poppers are best eaten on their own and can be served with a dip of your choice.

The mild flavor of these poppers makes them great for kids and adults alike.

With nine dipping sauces available, everyone will have fun creating their perfect combo.

Depending on how big the crowd you’re feeding, an order of Chicken Poppers can come in 10, 15, 30, 45, and 60 pieces.

Nutritional Information (10 Poppers):

530 calories, 33g protein, 42g carbohydrates, 21g fat

Buffalo Chicken Poppers

If you love Buffalo Chicken Wings but hate getting your hands messy, the Buffalo Chicken Poppers are for you.

Plus, there are no bones to deal with!

These poppers are the same white-meat chicken breast as regular Chicken Poppers, but they are seasoned and covered in the same hot sauce as Papa John’s Buffalo Wings.

The tangy flavor of the sauce mixed with juicy chicken makes every bite worth savoring.

Nutritional Information (10 Poppers):

590 calories, 33g protein, 47g carbohydrates, 26g fat

BBQ Chicken Poppers

The BBQ Chicken Poppers are essentially the same as regular Chicken Poppers but are coated in a smoky-sweet BBQ sauce.

These Papa John’s poppers combine the sweetness of the honey mustard syrup, the smokiness of chili powder and garlic powder, and the slight tartness of molasses to create a delicious flavor.

These poppers are great served with Ranch, Garlic, or Cheese sauce.

Nutritional Information (10 Poppers):

620 calories, 33g protein, 65g carbohydrates, 21g fat

Honey Chipotle Chicken Poppers

The smell of honey and chipotle peppers will draw you in as soon as you open the box of Honey Chipotle Chicken Poppers.

Unlike their wing counterparts, these poppers are made with chicken breast meat and contain less fat.

They are a crowd favorite due to the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, and smoky flavors.

The honey and garlic balance out the spiciness nicely, making these poppers a fantastic snack or appetizer.

These poppers pair perfectly with Ranch and Cheese sauces or on their own.

This is an excellent option for those who love the sweet and savory flavors or are even craving some Asian-fusion food, as the molasses give off a Chinese honey chicken vibe.

Nutritional Information (10 Poppers):

620 calories, 33g protein, 65g carbohydrates, 21g fat


Papa John’s wings and poppers can satisfy any craving, whether you are looking for a savory, sweet, or spicy flavor.

Their classic Buffalo flavor never fails to please, while the Honey Chipotle wings and poppers offer something new for those feeling adventurous.

So next time you’re looking for a delicious snack or side to treat your taste buds, check out what Papa John’s wings menu has to offer!

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About the Author

Lianne Fachetti is a content writer who adores food from all cultures. When she’s not working, she’s busy creating new recipes, trying out new restaurants, playing with her German Shepherd Max, and tending to her vegetable garden.


January 13, 2023