The Best Homemade Popeye's Chicken Sandwich / Copycat


Seasoning Mixture :

3 tsp paprika
3 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
Marinade Chicken
2 large chicken breast cut in half or 4 boneless chicken thigh
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
3 egg
1/2 tsp salt

Flour Mixture :

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup corn starch
Spicy Mayo Sauce
3/4 cup mayoinnase
1 tbsp sriracha sauce or 1 tbsp Louisiana hot sauce
1/2 tsp hot taco seasoning or cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Other ingredients :

4 buns
1 tbsp unsalted butter
8-12 pieces pickle slices
oil for frying


Seasoning Mixture :

In a small bowl add in garlic powder, onion powder, paprika powder, salt and black pepper whisk together and set aside.

Marinade The Chicken :

In cutting board lay the chicken breasts and cover with a of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Pound lightly with the flat side of a meat mallet until the chicken is even in thickness.
Place the chicken to the plate and sprinkle 2 tbsp of the seasoning mixture and coat each chicken side evenly. Keep the rest of the seasoning mixture for later.
In a container or large mixing bowl add eggs, buttermilk and salt. Add the chickens and stir little but not over mixing. Cover with plastic wrap.
For the best result chill the in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour or overnight. (tip : If you chill the chicken for over night let the chicken sit in the room temperature for at least 20 minutes before cooking so is not cold in the middle when you cook it)

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Flour Mixture :

Combine flour, cornstarch, remaining seasoning mixture in a large resealable plastic storage bag or mixing bowl. Drizzle 1 tbsp of liquid marinade to the flour mixture. Shake it well then add chicken to bag one pieces at a time, close, and shake to coat the chicken. Give another dip to the liquid marinade and again shake it and gently toss the chicken around the flour and press the chicken to build up bumpy texture.
Remove the chicken one a time from marinade mixture and letting the excess drip off.
Place the chicken into the plate and let the chicken sit for 1-2 minute to make sure the flour is sticks.

Spicy Mayo Sauce :

In small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, Sriracha sauce, taco seasoning and garlic powder.
Cover with plastic and set aside or chill in the fridge.

Frying Chicken :

Heat oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350.
Fry chicken a few pieces at a time. Turn chicken to brown evenly and remove when golden about 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. Drain on wire rack to keep chicken crispy.

Make The Sandwich :

In sauce pan or skillet, once hot, add the butter and place both sides of the buns face down into the buttered surface. Toast until edges of the buns are buttery crisp.
Add spicy mayo to both sides of the buns. Add 2-3 pickle slices to bottom bun, add chicken and place top bun. Enjoy ! perfect serve with french fries.

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The viral chicken Sandwich… definitely will try this recipe ๐Ÿ™Œ

So Iโ€™ve been researching how to make a good chicken sandwich all day, sifting through dozens of YouTube videos and recipes and yours was just the perfect blend of everything I needed. So thanks for that. And my cat thanks you for the birdie noises.

Nick White

You donโ€™t use chicken breasts for a chicken sandwich but this is my opinion I personally think chicken thighs are better


This video is perfect. I agree with the guy right below me! In fact I think he may be me in an alternate universe.

Big Sarge

Let the birds Chirp as we Crunch on their delicious cousins. ๐Ÿ—

Jonae Smith

I just made this and OMG!!! I donโ€™t need to go to Popeyes!!

Charlie Lloyd

I did not know that chickens chirped… i am cooking recipe now, can't wait !!!


I had another DIY Popeye's crispy chicken sandwich recipe and on that webpage said to click here to watch a video on certain steps. Well no video. So came to Youtube, found your video and your steps and seasoning make much more sense. Utilizing your recipe, making it tomorrow night. I will let you know how it turns out. Oh, things like egg to the buttermilk, etc. were not in the other recipe…. Still, yours makes a ton of sense for that crisp factor along with flavor. Thanks for sharing!


OUTSTANDING. Sandwich was HUGE!!!!!!!!! Next time I will use thin cut chicken breasts, cooks faster and less mess. Thought I pounded the heck out of that chicken and wasn't enough lol. But, the chicken was tender, juicy. ๐Ÿ™‚


I couldnโ€™t watch this video with this audio. So annoying. Easy thumbs down

Wondered Glasses

Do you think you put enough Fat in this food??? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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