If you've had a long day at work and plan to grab a quick bite on the way home, a burger and fries combo isn't your only choice. Fans of chicken and southern-style side dishes might favor a visit to Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen. The chain restaurant has more than 2,000 locations and is known for its fried chicken and sides, such as red beans and rice.
Serving Sizes and Nutrition
The red beans and rice dish at Popeye's is one of a number of side dishes the restaurant sells, alongside fries, coleslaw and biscuits. A regular-sized order of red beans and rice, which weighs 146 grams, contains 230 calories, 14 grams of fat, 580 milligrams of sodium and 7 grams of protein. A large order, which weighs 438 grams, has 690 calories, 42 grams of fat, 1,740 milligrams of sodium and 21 grams of protein. A large order of red beans and rice contains more than your daily recommended sodium intake; the American Heart Association advises consuming no more than 1,500 milligrams to decrease the risk of high blood pressure and related complications, including stroke.
Fiber, Gluten and Soy
Popeye's red beans and rice dish is a good source of fiber, with 5 or 15 grams of dietary fiber, depending on your serving size. This is 15 to 53 percent of recommended fiber needs, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Those with gluten intolerance can safely consume this gluten-free dish, but it does contain soy and is not safe for those with soy allergies or intolerance.