I really enjoyed the limited-edition sauce but thought it could have been spicier.
I ventured to my nearest Popeyes to get my hands on the new Megan Thee Stallion “Hottie” sauce and sandwich.
Outside, signage advertised the new menu item and collaboration. You can order the “Hottie” chicken sandwich and sauce beginning October 19. Both the sauce and the sandwich are only available for a limited time.
Within a few minutes, I had my hands on the chicken sandwich.
The sandwich cost $US4.89 ($AU7) on its own at the location I visited or $US6.99 ($AU9) with a medium drink and a side of fries.
I asked two employees whether they had tried the sandwich or the sauce yet.
One said that they hadn’t, but the other employee said they had and that it was “really good.” I raced home to try the sandwich and sauce for myself.
When I removed the sandwich from the bag, I could see and smell the sauce dripping from the fried chicken.
Apart from the sauce, the “Hottie” chicken sandwich is the same Popeyes chicken sandwich people know and love. It comes in a tin-foil bag with pickles, the fried chicken fillet, and a fluffy Brioche bun.
The chicken was coated in the spicy, sticky sauce.
I was anxious to see if the “Hottie” sauce would live up to the name. Megan Thee Stallion is known to love hot sauce, so I was anxious to see just how hot the sauce would be.
Biting in, I was immediately surprised by the lack of intense heat but pleased by the overall flavor.
The sticky sauce clung to every cranny of the fried chicken, completely elevating the experience compared to the plain chicken sandwich I’m used to ordering at Popeyes. It was slightly sweet, tangy, and sour, with just a hint of heat.
I was expecting a fiery eating experience, but the spice level in the sauce was mild, in my opinion.
I definitely thought the sauce could have been spicier, but it paired well with the sandwich.
In my opinion, the “Hottie” sauce tasted very similar to a sweet-and-sour sauce, rather than a hot sauce. However, I still really enjoyed it and felt it elevated the sandwich.
To get the full Megan Thee Stallion experience, I also decided to try the sauce with the chain’s newly released chicken nuggets.
I was interested to see how the sauce would taste without the bun and pickles affecting the overall flavor. The eight-piece nugget entreé cost $US4.49 ($AU6) and came with three sauces.
The sauce is made with honey, cider vinegar, and Aleppo pepper.
The sauce is described as having a “sweet, yet bold flavor with a hint of spice, inspired by Megan’s sassy personality,” Popeyes said in a statement.
It looked and tasted like a spicy version of a sweet-and-sour sauce.
The “Hottie” sauce was by far my favorite sauce I’ve ever tried from Popeyes.
While the heat was still mild, it definitely tasted spicier with the chicken nuggets than the sandwich. It’s possible the bun toned down the heat, while the nuggets allowed the savory, sweet, sour, and slightly spicy flavor of the sauce to come through more potently.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Popeyes and Megan Thee Stallion collaboration.
I thought the sauce was flavorful and added a lot to the chain’s classic chicken sandwich, though I thought it could have been spicier to truly live up to the “Hottie” name.
I would definitely order it again while the limited-edition sauce is still available — either in the sandwich or with the nuggets.