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Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Get your copycat recipe game on and try your hand at this DIY popeyes chicken sandwich. This dish starts with perfectly marinated, juicy chicken breasts that are then battered and fried to a golden brown. Serve the chicken on a brioche bun, with spicy mayo and pickles for a sandwich you’re not soon to forget.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 1187kcal


Buttermilk Brine

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Flour Coating

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Spicy Mayo

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

To Assemble

  • 2 brioche buns
  • 4 pickles


  • To a large bowl, add the buttermilk, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp chili powder, granulated garlic, and onion powder. Mix well. Add the chicken breasts to the buttermilk mixture and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. 
  • In a small bowl, combine the mayo, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp chili powder, and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper. Set aside. 
  • Add the flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper to a dish. Mix well. 
  • Coat the chicken on each side with the seasoned flour. Make sure to coat well. Shake off any excess flour and set aside. 
  • Heat some vegetable oil in a cast-iron skillet to 350 degrees F. Right before frying the chicken, coat the chicken in the remaining seasoned flour on both sides. Make sure to coat the chicken well on both sides. Fry the chicken for 4 minutes on each side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees f. 
  • Once the chicken is done frying, let it rest on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  • Serve on toasted brioche buns with spicy mayo and pickles. 



Calories: 1187kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 320mg | Sodium: 4536mg | Potassium: 1462mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2887IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 384mg | Iron: 6mg