Popeyes nuggets are here plus deals, free food for Chicken Finger Day

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.

For Raising Cane’s, Tuesday is not Chicken Tender Day but Chicken Finger Day, a made-up day the fast-food chain headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana created.

Aside from National Chicken Wing Day, July 29 also is National Lasagna Day and National Lipstick Day.

And for Wingstop’s new virtual brand Thingstop, the chain’s answer to the chicken wing shortage, Thursday has been rebranded as “Thighstop Thigh Day.”

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