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All of the Popeyes Sides, Ranked

By Lana Kisner | December 29, 2023

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Popeyes is best known for its chicken, but no chicken meal is complete without pairing it with a delicious side dish. Popeyes offers a variety of sides, each of which comes with Southern-inspired flavors and complements their entrees perfectly.

All side items at Popeyes can be ordered on their own or with a combo meal, which allows you to mix and match flavors. Despite their simplicity, they stand out because they’re made with a unique twist you won’t easily find at other fast-food chains. Here are all of the Popeyes side dishes ranked from worst to best.

6. Coleslaw

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Some like their coleslaw sweeter, while others prefer the tangy flavor of vinegar, and of course, there’s always the debate over how much mayonnaise is too much. I fall into the “less mayo” group, so I enjoy this Popeyes side dish. I usually order it to add to their chicken sandwiches.

It’s made with cabbage, carrots, and a light mayo mixture. The cabbage is chopped into small squares rather than long strings and has a crisp and refreshing flavor. You can order this side item in a regular or large size.

5. Mashed Potatoes With Cajun Gravy

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Mashed Potatoes is a classic side dish that naturally fits Popeyes’ southern-inspired menu. Popeyes serves this side item with Louisiana Cajun gravy, which adds tons of flavor and makes it perfect for dipping your chicken. You can order it in regular and large sizes. I find the large-size filling enough to be a light meal on its own.

4. Red Beans & Rice

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There’s something so satisfying about Popeyes’ Red Beans & Rice. The two types of starch make it a perfect comfort food, and the seasoning blend in the rice makes your tastebuds dance with joy. It’s simple yet oh-so-good and pairs perfectly with their chicken nuggets or tenders. You can order it in two sizes: regular and large.

3. Cajun Fries

A southern fast-food chain menu wouldn’t be complete without spicy fries, and Popeyes’ version is seasoned to perfection. Their Cajun fries are crispy and flavorful and pair great with any of their entrées. Order it in a regular or large size, and you’re in for a treat.

2. Homestyle Mac & Cheese

This Popeyes side item is made to taste like a home-cooked dish fresh from the oven. In fact, it’s one of the best fast-food mac and cheeses out there, hands down. Popeyes uses real butter and cream in their mac & cheese and tops it with shredded cheese before baking it to a golden brown crust. I usually go with the large size with this bad boy, but you can also order a regular size.

1. Biscuit

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I think the best side at Popeyes is their biscuits because it’s so versatile. I love that you can dip it into Cajun gravy, turn your chicken tenders into a sandwich, or pair it with honey sauce to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s a deliciously warm and flaky buttermilk biscuit, which makes it the perfect addition to any meal from Popeyes.

All dinners and combo meals come with a choice of side, and a free biscuit is served for all meals except chicken sandwiches. And don’t forget that you can request complimentary butter or honey sauce with each biscuit order!

About the Author

Lana Kisner is a writer on the team with more than 15 years of experience in the food service industry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, listening to live music, and hiking with her dog.