Popeyes chicken nuggets are here, plus where to find deals for Chicken Tender Day Tuesday, Wing Day Thursday


Not even the ongoing chicken shortage can stop restaurants from marking the week of chicken deals.

The poultry party kicks off Tuesday with National Chicken Tender Day, which is followed Thursday by National Chicken Wing Day.

Popeyes rolls out Tuesday its new chicken nuggets nationwide.

The New Orleans-style chain already had tenders on its menu, but says the nuggets are made with the same recipe as its chicken sandwich, which in 2019 launched the Chicken Sandwich War.

The nation’s chicken wars and cravings for comfort food during the pandemic have made poultry so scarce and expensive that some restaurants are limiting or running out of chicken sandwiches, wings and tenders. Others have made changes to menus and promotions.

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But Popeyes says it’s saying goodbye to the chicken war and has what it calls a “piece” offering.

The chain said it has purchased the cash equivalent of one million nuggets from competitors McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A and Burger King through The Popeyes Foundation. The nuggets will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana. It’s also matching consumer donations up to $25,000 that are placed on the foundation website.

National Chicken Tender Day deals

Here are discounts and offers available Tuesday, July 27 at participating locations, unless otherwise noted. Offers can vary and most times are offered while supplies last. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.

Burger King: Find various deals on the chain’s app and at BK.com/offers.

Caulipower: The brand, known for its cauliflower crust pizza, announced new Sweet & Savory Chicken Tenders with a sweet potato crust Tuesday in honor of National Chicken Tender Day. For a limited time, get a coupon for $2 off any Caulipower product at Caul.us/SScoupon.

McDonald’s: Check the fast-food chain’s app for coupons and freebies. There are also deals with McDonald’s new rewards program.

PDQ: The chain brought back its Chicken Tender Shake for one day to celebrate. The hand-spun vanilla shake blended with a chicken tender with another tender on top is available Tuesday for $3.99 for a small and $5.29 for a regular.

Popeyes: Get three tenders for $2.99 with an offer Popeyes.com/offers or on the chain’s app and find other deals, including a free chicken sandwich on your first purchase of $10 or more. Also with the new nuggets that debut Tuesday, there will be double points on nugget purchases from Aug 2-16 for rewards members.

Raising Cane’s: Order an adult combo meal using the restaurant’s mobile app Tuesday and get one free chicken finger.

Wendy’s: Through Sept. 5, fast-food chain has several items as part of a “BOGO for $1” offer, including 10-piece nuggets (spicy and crispy). Other items included in the deal are the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Classic Chicken Sandwich and a Dave’s Single. The deal is available at restaurants and with the Wendy’s app. When ordering with the app, add two of items included in the promotion to your cart and the discount will apply automatically.

More deals: Locally owned businesses and regional chains also may have specials for Chicken Tender Day. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.

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Free wings, deals for National Chicken Wing Day

The following offers are available Thursday, July 29 unless otherwise mentioned.

7-Eleven: The convenience store chain has two buy-one-get-one deals Thursday. With 7-Eleven Delivery through the 7-Eleven app, get five free bone-in wings when you buy five. Or with the 7Rewards loyalty program get BOGO boneless wing skewers. Also, don’t forget July 31 is the last day to get a free Slurpee with 7Rewards, limit one per customer.

Buffalo Wild Wings: The chain is offering a buy-one-get-one deal Thursday on boneless wings. Buffalo Wild Wings told USA TODAY that details vary by location for dine-in and takeout availability and consumers should check with local restaurants.

Hooters: Dine-in Thursday and get 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of any 10 wings at participating locations nationwide.

Smokey Bones: Buy four “whole wings” and get eight boneless wings free Thursday.

Thighstop: Wingstop’s virtual brand has a deal Thursday. Get two free bone-in thighs with a purchase of $15 or more Thursday at Thighstop.com or DoorDash.

The Wing Experience: Buy four “whole wings” and get eight boneless wings free Thursday.

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