Popeyes Fried Chicken Recipe – Toni’s Recipes

Let’s be honest Popeyes has the best fried chicken recipe, hands down. Popeyes chicken is perfect because the meat is juicy and flavorful and the skin is juicy! It took me awhile for me to master this recipe but after trial and error, I’ve nailed it. Popeyes? Watch out! Toni’s Recipes is amazing!

If you love this recipe, try my other Copycat recipes like my Beef and Broccoli Lomein, Shrimp Fried Rice and Filet O Fish Copycat!

Why everyone loves this recipe

It’s a crowd-pleaser- Who doesn’t love fried chicken? Seriously. This recipe is perfect for family gatherings, get togethers, birthdays and more.

It’s straight to the point- This recipe is perfect for beginners with minimal ingredients and easy steps to follow!

Ingredients for Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Copycat

  • Chicken pieces: Use a mix of chicken pieces, (thighs, breasts, legs)
  • Hot sauce: for that extra kick that’ll wake up your taste buds.
  • Eggs: We’ll need to use egg to coat the chicken pieces
  • Baking Powder: this adds that crunchiness that Popeyes is known for
  • Flour: the crispy coating that seals in the juiciness.
  • Spices: the magic blend that gives this recipe the its signature taste.
  • Oil for frying: I love using vegetable oil but you can use peanut, canola or corn oil too!

Tips for Success

  • Take your time and do it right. Good fried chicken is worth the effort.
  • Use quality ingredients, including good chicken and fresh spices.
  • Experiment with different spices and flavors to make it your own.

Serve with Your Favorite Sides

Pair your homemade Popeye’s Fried Chicken with classic sides like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or biscuits for the ultimate comfort food experience. Trust us, once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to takeout again!

FAQ for This Popeyes Fried Chicken Recipe

Q: Can I use a different type of oil for frying?

A: While canola and soybean oil are recommended for authenticity, you can use any oil with a high smoke point.

Q: Can I bake the chicken instead of frying it?

A: Yes, you can bake the chicken in a preheated oven at 375°F for about 45 minutes, or until cooked through.

Q: Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

A: Yes, you can use a gluten-free flour blend and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free to make this recipe gluten-free.

Q: Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

A: Yes, you can use boneless chicken breasts or thighs if you prefer. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

I hope this step-by-step guide has sparked your culinary curiosity and inspired you to recreate the magic of Popeyes Fried Chicken in your own kitchen.

If you decide to give this recipe a whirl, be sure to share your experience with me.

Feel free to leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram, TikTok, or Pinterest. I’m eager to witness the delicious creations that stem from your cooking endeavors!

Copycat Popeyes Fried Chicken Full Recipe

Popeyes Fried Chicken Recipe

Juicy, crunchy, fried chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 6 minutes

Course American

Cuisine dinner


  • 8 lbs chicken
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsps baking powder
  • 2 tbsps paprika
  • 1 tsp Sazon
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

For the chicken

  • 2 tsps salt
  • 2 tsps paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper

For the wet batter

  • 4 eggs
  • cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce


  • To begin, heat your vegetable oil to 375 degrees before starting the cooking process.

  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and spices.

  • In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, cold water, and hot sauce using a whisk.

  • In a separate bowl, season the chicken with the spices.

  • First, coat chicken in flour, shaking off excess. Then, dip it in egg batter and coat again in flour.

  • For best results, let your chicken rest while it is fully coated for 15 minutes before frying. This will ensure that the coating sticks well and results in a crispy and delicious fried chicken.

  • For best results, cook your chicken in 350°F oil for 8-12 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Keyword CHICKEN, fried chicken

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