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Popeyes Spicy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Copycat recipe to make Popeyes Chicken Sandwich at home
Course Dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine fast food, Sandwich
Servings 4


  • 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder 1 tbsp for Breading, 1 tbsp for Marinade
  • 2 tbsp Onion Powder 1 tbsp for Breading, 1 tbsp for Marinade
  • 2 tbsp Paprika 1 tbsp for Breading, 1 tbsp for Marinade
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Hot Sauce
  • 1 pinch Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch Pepper to taste
  • 8 slices Kosher Dill Pickle
  • 4 Brioche Buns
  • 4-8 cups Oil canola or peanut oil


Prep the Chicken

  • Pound the chicken breasts using a meat tenderizer until them are uniform thickness
  • In a container, mix buttermilk, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp paprika, salt & pepper
  • Add the chicken to the container, cover and marinate in refrigerator for at least several hours (overnight is best)

Cook the Chicken

  • Heat the oil in a skillet or pot until it reaches 350 degrees
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, corn starch, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
  • Take chicken from marinade and dredge in flour mixture. Be sure chicken is completely covered, press firmly if needed
    Battered Chicken
  • Slowly lower battered chicken into hot oil and fry for 3-5 minutes per side until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees
    frying the chicken

Spicy Sauce

  • Mix in a bowl the mayonnaise, hot sauce, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tbsp garlic powder to a bowl and set aside

Assemble the Sandwich

  • Spread the spicy sauce on both sides of cut brioche bun
  • Add two pickle slices
  • Add chicken, if necessary cut chicken to fit bun
  • Serve sandwich warm
Keyword chicken, copycat, sandwich