Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Recipe (Copycat)


Sweet-tasting buns with crunchy, meaty portions of chicken. It’s one of the most popular fast-food menu items around. Due to its massive demand from loyal and new customers, the Popeyes chicken sandwich has always been sold out.

Is Popeyes Fried Chicken Sandwich Worth the Hype

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It was in August 2019 when Popeyes debuted the crispy chicken sandwich. Customers immediately poured into their stores and patiently waited in long lines just to have their own bite of the sandwich. Its popularity continued and just 2 weeks after the food’s debut, it had sold out. I knew I had to replicate this delicious copycat of Popeyes fried chicken sandwiches.

Why was Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich considered as the fast-food phenomenon of 2019?

Well, what’s to resist from eating the chicken sandwich and adding it into your meal.

First of all, the sandwich is big – much bigger than a regular fast-food burger – with a measurement of around 5 inches or more in diameter. What’s more, the fried chicken’s tender golden-brown exterior perfectly blends with the shiny, soft, and orange-y bun. Adding to its mouth-watering, pleasing look is a smear of sauce and some green pickles (this is where things get spicy).

Its floury, warm smell is another reason to have one on your plate. When it comes to making fried chicken, Popeyes has perfected it – juicer and thicker than other fried chickens being served out there. The scale of calories is around 480. (we’re already making you hungry, are we?)

This sandwich hit the restaurant like a powerful wind. Its effect was very strong even when it returned to the global menu. Regardless of its (quite) heaviness with a substantial bun, a huge slab of chicken breast, and pickles, Popeyes chicken sandwich is within everyone’s budget. No wonder it is a double hit among consumers of all types.

How To Make Popeyes Chicken Sandwich (Copycat)

This is our sandwich take: The fried chicken sandwich by Popeyes makes a massive splash with fresher pickles, delicious sauce, and nicer bun. Of course, don’t forget the crackly, crunchy signature breading. It has been compared to other well-known chicken sandwich, but its popularity still reigns – from texture to appearance to smell and taste.

While it takes time before Popeyes return the chicken sandwich into their popular menu, its impact tends to continue to gain momentum.

Sold out or not, you no longer need to wait for too long just to satisfy your craving for this now-popular sandwich. Yes, making your own is highly possible – and we’re here to guide you through the preparation process!

So, prepare your ingredients now and join us in making the best Popeyes chicken sandwich you will eat all year long!

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Recipe

4 from 351 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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We’re bringing you a copycat recipe of the phenomenon that swept the nation, popeyes fried chicken sandwich. No need to worry about it being sold out, make it yourself at home.


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 cup 1 flour

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cornstarch

  • 1 cup 1 buttermilk

  • 4 medium 4 sized brioche buns

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 mayo & 1 tsp hot sauce (for spicy mayo)

  • Sliced pickle slices

  • For chicken marinade, breading and making spicy mayo:
  • 1 tsp 1 of onion powder

  • 1 tsp 1 of paprika

  • 1 tsp 1 of salt

  • 1 tsp 1 of cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 black pepper

  • Optional additions
  • 4 slices 4 of cheese singles

  • Homemade slaw


  • For Marinating Chicken
  • Use a plastic wrap or parchment paper for pounding the chicken breasts in between two parts. Make two small chicken pieces by cutting it in half crosswise. The size must be about similar to that of the bun.
  • Mix the salt, black pepper, paprika, buttermilk, and garlic powder together in a big bowl. Add the chicken and then put the mixture inside the fridge. Either use straight away or marinate for up to twenty-four hours.
  • For Cooking Chicken
  • Heat oil in a large pot or skillet (1) until it reaches 350F or (2) on medium temperature.
  • Whisk the spices, flour, and cornstarch in a medium shallow bowl. Drizzletwo to three tablespoons of buttermilk batter in the flour mixture. Blend thoroughly using a fork.
  • Create a thick crust through dredging chicken, the flour mixture and pressing flour on the top chicken. Transfer to hot oil. Fry for three to five minutes for every side or once you notice the outside is golden in color as well as crispy. The internal temperature should also reach 165F.
  • For Assembling
  • In a large saucepan, melt one tablespoon of butter. Toast down the buns’ faces until they become crisp and golden.
  • For the mayo, get a small bowl and whisk all the ingredients. Then, spread an ample layer of mayo on all the buns.
  • Top them with chicken and pickles.
  • Ready to serve!


  • Tip: Hot sauce makes this dish stand out compared to other sandwiches you could make.

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Tips & Tricks:

  • Brioche buns are the most recommended buns to use for making a chicken sandwich at home as they can be able to replicate the texture and copy of Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich.
  • Cornstarch is one of the essential ingredients you shouldn’t overlook or replace with another ingredient because it can help make the crust very light and crunchy compared to just battering the friend chicken with flour. But if the cornstarch is not available in your home or local store, you can use more flour and add a tablespoon of baking powder.
  • Use buttermilk to give your chicken the authenticsouthern taste besides helping the crust make small crinkles for extra crispness. Don’t have buttermilk at home or at your nearest grocery store? DIY buttermilk is as easy as 1-2-3! Just stir one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice with one cup of milk. Allow standing for five minutes until you see the milk is starting to curdle.
  • If you’re feeling adventurous then mix this up with our ranch dip copycat recipe and tasty fries compliments of a Wingstop signature dish.
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That’s a wrap! I hope our Popeyes chicken sandwich recipe is really what you’re looking for to share an intricate snack or meal with your family or friends. This means no more long waiting lines! If it’s sold out at any stage, you don’t need to worry, make it up yourself in the kitchen. With relatively simple ingredients and a total time of 30 minutes, you’re going to be enjoying this recipe quicker than you can watch an episode of your favorite series.

Don’t be afraid of making your own fried chicken. Aside from the fact that you’ll save yourself from the heavy traffic and long lines of Popeyes chicken sandwich lovers, it is more convenient and easier. Plus, the chicken’s taste wouldn’t be far from the original, especially not the way we do it. Feel free to add other variations to turn this into an even better recipe.

Now, what you need to do is serve and enjoy every bite of your crispy Popeyes chicken sandwich! Complimentary to add spicy mayo to make up a hot sauce for this dish, giving the perfect taste everytime.



  1. Well dip me in honey and tie me to an anthill if this isn’t close(better) to the real thing. This is going to be how I fry chicken from now on. Thanks

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  3. Could these be done in the air fryer for a healthier option ? Would you have any idea of time and temp?

  4. Can I cook this in an air fryer?

  5. Delicious! I made my own buttermilk, followed the rest of recipe exactly, marinated chicken for 30 minutes. Made the spread a little hotter. Sliced a dill spear. I think it tastes better than the other one.

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