Copycat Popeyes Fried Chicken Recipe

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I love chicken recipes, and fried chicken is at the top of my list!

I could probably eat fried chicken every single day and not tire of it.

Popeyes chicken is one of my favorite places for fried chicken. It’s a very close second to Lee’s Famous Recipe chicken.

What’s your favorite place to get fried chicken? Let me know in the comments below! I’d especially love to hear about local restaurants.

I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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How to Make Copycat Popeyes Fried Chicken Recipe

Popeye's Spicy Fried Chicken Copycat Recipe

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Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, American South
Servings 4 servings*


  • 3 Cups whole buttermilk
  • 3 Tbsp hot sauce such as Tabasco, divided
  • 1 2 1/2- to 3-lb. whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3 large eggs
  • Cup water
  • 4 Cups about 17 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ Tbsps kosher salt
  • 3 tsps cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsps black pepper
  • 2 tsps paprika
  • 1 ½ tsps garlic powder
  • Frying/Peanut oil


  • In large bowl, mis buttermilk and 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Place chicken in buttermilk. Cover
  • Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 8 hours
  • In separate large bowl, whisk water, eggs, 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • In separate bowl, mix flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  • In large Dutch oven or electric fryer, heat oil to 325°F over medium-high heat
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk
  • Submerge chicken, piece by piece, in egg mix.
  • Then dredge chicken in flour mix
  • Shake off excess flour
  • Submerge in egg mixture again
  • Dredge in flour mix again
  • Shake off excess flour
  • Gently place chicken in hot oil. Do not overload Dutch oven or fryer. Allow space between pieces
  • Fry until golden. Approximately 8 - 10 minutes.
  • Maintain oil temp of 325°F . Chicken should reach an internal temp of 165°F to be fully cooked
  • Remove chicken and drain on racks or paper towels.


*2 pieces of chicken per serving
Keyword chicken, Fried Chicken, fried foods
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