Popeyes Chicken Sandwich



If you’ve been craving fried chicken sandwiches we’ve got you covered with this delicious crispy Fried chicken Sandwich. It’s super crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside and loaded with spices. It’s as close as you will get to the famous Popeyes chicken sandwich which is currently sold out everywhere but in my opinion, it’s so much BETTER and surprisingly easy to make at home! 


Ingredients
For the chicken marinade
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon EACH paprika garlic powder, black pepper, salt
For Breading
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon EACH paprika garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (for spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon EACH salt & pepper
Spicy mayo
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon  or cajun or taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp 
TO ASSEMBLE
  • 4 medium-sized brioche buns
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sliced pickles
  • 3-4 cups canola oil for frying
Instructions
To Marinate Chicken
1.    Pound chicken breasts in between two pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Cut each chicken breast in half crosswise to make 2 small pieces of chicken about the same size as the bun (see video below). 
2.     In a large bowl, buttermilk, paprika, garlic powder, salt & black pepper. Add the chicken to the mix and place in the fridge to marinate up to 24 hours or use right away. 

To Cook Chicken

1.     Heat oil in a large heavy-duty skillet or pot on medium temperature or until the temperature reaches 350F.
2.     In a medium shallow bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, and spices. Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of the buttermilk batter into the flour mixture and mix it through with a fork.
3.     Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken the flour mixture and press flour on the top chicken to form a thick crust. Transfer chicken to hot oil and fry for 3-5 minutes per side or until the outside is crispy and golden and the internal temperature reaches 165F. 

To Assemble

1.     Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan and toast buns face down until golden and crisp. Whisk all the ingredients for the mayo in a small bowl and spread a generous layer of mayo on each bun. Top with pickles and chicken. Enjoy hot! 

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