If you’ve never had chicken before in your life, what would you choose to try for your very first time?
My choice, a week after discovering that my allergy is gone, was one of the things I’ve been craving since I was a very little girl, sitting sadly at the fast-food joint and watching my brothers munch-away with jealousy. It was always completely off limits, with zero friendly options. Even their famous mash and gravy had little pieces of chicken.
Can you make a guess?
Popeyes… Fake, oily, deliciously and disgustingly processed junk food.
A few days ago, Popeyes was my first taste of poultry, ever.
Rami, my wonderful fiance and guide on this chicken culinary journey, got me chicken tenders.
(Let’s just take a minute to repeat that. He got ME CHICKEN tenders. Whoa.)
He said the tenders are not as “stinky” as other things on the menu. After an hour of pep talk, I shoved that first bite into my mouth.
It’s strange trying food for the first time. Everything is weird… the texture, the way it gets chewed, the flavour.
The texture of the chicken was very, very strange for me. Is it always that dry? The fibers are much more separated than in fish and in other sorts of meat. It felt like someone pulled the fibers apart and then put them back together in a square, before frying it in Cajun batter. It was also really, really chewy, leaving a strange sticky sensation on my teeth. Sort of like when you eat Twizzlers. Is that just Popeyes, or is chicken always like that in texture and chewiness? The taste of the chicken itself was alright, definitely not as bad as I expected, but really, really bland. Sort of like cardboard.
The Cajun spices were amazing though. They tasted as good as the smell I’ve imagined my entire life. That was pleasant.
My stomach didn’t feel too well after eating two tenders. I didn’t get the itchy allergic reaction I used to get, so that’s great. Rami tells me that of course my stomach didn’t feeling well… It’s oily, disgustingly processed Popeyes, after all.
So there. My first experience with chicken.
Cajun spices: 10/10
I’m not even sure you can separate the Cajun rating from the Popeyes rating. I’ve never had that flavor before.
What do you think? Also, make suggestions. What should my next meal be?