If you love Popeye’s Chicken then you will love this copycat recipe you can make at home. I think it’s even better then the restaurant version!
If you have a craving for this popular spicy chicken recipe then you need to try this amazing recipe! It’s so easy and doesn’t take long at all. I love making copycat versions of recipes and this one turns out perfect every time! The outside is nice and crispy and the flavor is amazing! When you make this feel free to spice it up a notch if you like your fried chicken super spicy! This is definitely one of the best freed chicken recipes I’ve ever made!
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Popeye's Chicken Copycat
- 1 chicken cut into pieces, 1 to 2 1/2-pound
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup hot red pepper sauce I like Louisiana Hot Sauce
- 4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoon paprika
- 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 quart buttermilk optional
- salt Pepper, and Garlic Powder (to taste)
- Peanut Oil for frying
- Place cut-up chicken in a large bowl, and cover with buttermilk. Cover and chill for two hours, or overnight. This is an optional (but recommended) step.
- In a large bowl, add eggs, water, and red pepper sauce. Whisk until combined.
- In a large gallon freezer bag, mix flour, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.
- Remove chicken from buttermilk (if marinated) and sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Place all chicken pieces in freezer bag with flour mixture. Shake until all pieces are evenly coated.
- Remove chicken pieces one at a time, shaking excess flour. Dip each piece in the egg mixture, and return to bag of flour. After all pieces of been dipped in the egg mixture and put back in the bag, give it a second shake to coat chicken pieces again.
- Heat oil in deep fryer or deep pan to 350 degrees. Working in batches, drop each piece of chicken into the hot oil. Fry for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown, turning occasionally if oil does not completely cover chicken. Keep in mind that dark meat chicken takes longer to cook than white meat. Watch your wing segments, as well; these will finish cooking first.