Below is all you need to know about Popeye’s Ghost Pepper Wings, which has returned to its menu for a constrained time: I beforehand assumed KFC was finest-in-course in the fast meals warm wings group. Not any more. Popeye’s is our new leader.
If you’re the sort to take pleasure in Popeye’s, these drumettes and tipless wings basically double the attractive Popeyeness of its fried rooster. Below the crunchy skin-to-meat ratio increases, tilting in favor that craggy, crackly, area-of-Mars batter. The only knock is it will come labeled as “ghost pepper”—one of the hottest chilis in the world—but the spiciness stage below will not knock you on your ass.
That is not a lousy point, nevertheless. It requires the piquancy stage of Popeye’s standard spicy fried rooster and intensifies it by 50 p.c. Pockets of furious-purple chili paste can be identified wedged inside of that fried batter, tasting of a clear, balanced, lingering burn which is extra mellow spiciness than sharp. (The standard sauce pairing is buttermilk ranch, a tangy and cooling counterpart to the wings, nevertheless I’m a big fan of its blackened ranch. Opt for that instead.)
So for spice fetishists who complain “fast meals hot” is much too meek, the Ghost Pepper Wings rectifies that, even if just with child actions. At the very least now it is meals-lover’s-spicy, not PG-13-spicy. If 1 methods these as only “hot wings,” then you’ll come away contemplating it is the finest point on Popeye’s menu, if not outright the very best fast meals fried rooster we have heading.