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Popeyes Just Launched a New Item That's Sure to Become a Customer Favorite

Finally, the chain is putting out a new side dish.

The Sides section of Popeyes' menu is growing again, with the launch of a new item that's sure to become a favorite among its loyal fans.

After discontinuing the Cajun Rice and Green Beans earlier this year, the chain's selection of side dishes seemed a little lackluster. But the situation is about to be remedied with a new addition that fits right in with the rest of Popeyes items.

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Courtesy of Popeyes

The chain just announced the launch of the new Homestyle Mac & Cheese, a craveable, creamy staple of Southern comfort food. And in case you're wondering how this version stacks up against your grandma's mac 'n' cheese, here's what's in it: noodles, butter, and lots of cheddar cheese, which then get topped with more cheese before going into the oven. So you can expect a gooey, cheesy interior with a nice golden-brown crust on top. According to the chain, it's supposed to taste just like homemade.

"We know there is nothing like a baked Mac & Cheese that's straight out of the oven," said Amy Alarcon, vice president of culinary innovation at Popeyes. "We wanted our new Homestyle Mac & Cheese to embody the spirit of home cooking, so we topped it with shredded cheddar cheese and baked it in the oven to create a golden-brown crust that compliments the rich and velvety noodles beneath."

"We know there is nothing like a baked Mac & Cheese that's straight out of the oven. We wanted our new Homestyle Mac & Cheese to embody the spirit of home cooking, so we topped it with shredded cheddar cheese and baked it in the oven to create a golden-brown crust that compliments the rich and velvety noodles beneath. We think the Homestyle Mac & Cheese is a dish that celebrates our love for rich flavors and pairs perfectly with our current Louisiana-style menu items, and we can't wait for our guests to try it."

Beyond just being a perfect side dish to add to your Family Meal or a 3-Piece Chicken Meal, the Mac & Cheese could also play a more central role in your order. If you're craving pasta, you could order the Large as a main dish and add some chicken strips to that for good measure. Or go bolder and add it as a topping in your Spicy Chicken Sandwich—something Panera is doing with their Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich launched recently. In any case, this opens up a host of new possibilities in customizing your Popeyes favorites (and if you need a little inspiration, here's how others do it.)

The new Mac & Cheese will be rolling out nationwide this week, and will be available in stores and via delivery apps.

The Louisiana-style fast-food chain has been on an innovation streak recently. In July, it finally launched Chicken Nuggets nationwide. Then in October, it announced its first-ever collaboration with a celebrity, which gave us the Meghan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce.

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Mura Dominko
Mura is a Deputy Editor leading ETNT's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. Read more