Review: Sonic Spicy Popcorn Chicken

Sonic Spicy Popcorn ChickenNew to the Sonic menu is the Spicy Popcorn Chicken. Sonic is advertising these along with their new Sweet Potato Tots as the perfect “Spicy and Sweet” combination. And to accommodate these new food items, Sonic recommends their Creamy Chipotle and Berry Spicy dipping sauces. I checked online, and there is no information about the Spicy Popcorn Chicken on the Sonic website, but they are available at my local Sonic here in Washington. (edit: now there is). I picked up a full-size of Sonic’s Spicy Popcorn Chicken for $4.89.

How Does it Taste?

Sonic is no newcomer to the popcorn chicken scene. The popcorn chicken has been on their menu for years. When I first saw these, I thought “wow, Sonic hasn’t done these yet?” But they sounded delicious, and being a fan of spicy chicken, I had to pick up an order of these.

Sonic Spicy Popcorn Chicken

I have my qualms with the fast food industry (and the fast casual industry) when it comes to tagging a food item with the “spicy” buzzword. More often than not, these items fail to deliver more than a hint of heat. The only items I have ever considered spicy from a fast food joint are those with a large amount of jalapeno’s on them, and even then, they rarely have me reaching for a drink.

So does Sonic’s Spicy Popcorn Chicken deliver the spicy? No, not at all. As a matter of fact, after about my 2nd piece of popcorn chicken I started thinking that they must have made a mistake in the kitchen and gave me an order of regular popcorn chicken. But alas, after checking the receipt, they were indeed the Spicy Popcorn Chicken. These things truly failed with their “spicy” label.

Sonic Spicy Popcorn Chicken

Aside from the predicted letdown of the promise of heat, Sonic’s popcorn chicken is pretty tasty (the pieces that had chicken in them). They tasted like mini chicken strips, which is essentially what they are. The chicken was fairly moist, and the breading lent a nice flavor to the popcorn chicken. Sonic’s popcorn chicken is fairly soft for popcorn chicken – softer than KFC’s popcorn chicken.

I tried out Sonic’s Berry Spicy and Creamy Chipotle dipping sauces, and that is the only point where I began to consider any part of my meal spicy. The Berry Spicy dipping sauce was like a mix between boysenberry syrup and jalapeno peppers. It was a nice combo of spicy and sweet, and it worked really well with the popcorn chicken. The Creamy Chipotle sauce I wasn’t so fond of. It tasted alright, like standard chipotle sauce, but it was pretty salty for a dipping sauce. The Berry Sauce was the spicier of the two.


Although the Spicy Popcorn Chicken fails to deliver heat, they are a tasty way to enjoy chicken on the run. The pieces of popcorn chicken were fairly large, and there weren’t too many pieces of pure fried batter. I truly think these could have been amazing if they really were spicy. I recommend trying these with the Berry Spicy sauce. Overall the Spicy Popcorn Chicken is a decent, snackable chicken item.

The Score

Taste: 7/10
Presentation: 6.5/10

Pros: Chicken inside was good, Berry Spicy dipping sauce
Cons: Not spicy by any definition of the word, a few of the pieces were pure fried batter

You might also like our review of the Sonic Sweet Potato Tots.

Nutrition Facts

Sonic Spicy Popcorn Chicken (Full size)
Calories: 630
Calories from Fat: 330
Total Fat: 36g
Sat. Fat: 7g
Trans Fat: 0.5g
Cholesterol: 75mg
Sodium: 2120mg
Carbs: 46g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 2g
Protein: 30g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.


  1. I just had the small spicy popcorn chicken with the berry spicy sauce and I LOVED it!I found the chunks of chicken were big and moist. The chicken had the right amount of heat to me and I was still able to taste the sauce, sometimes things are too spicy and you can not taste the food, only the heat. I would definitely get these again!

  2. I had the Berry Spicy sauce, which was humorously difficult to get ahold of. I asked for Berry Space, and the Sonic chick said “…Very spicy?” I said, “No, Berry. With a B. It’s one of your new sauces on the menu. Berry Spicy.” She said, “…Okay…” and brought my Spicy Chipotle. I pushed that button again for sweet justice and got another person who brought me Berry Spicy!

    I would love to buy this sauce somewhere. Does any company sell something like it? It’s great with my chicken I cook.

    • I have already been searching online for a similar sauce. I haven’t found one yet, I will continue to look because that sauce would be great on so many things! It is awesome!

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