Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken (Copycat)

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"When I moved to Iceland, 1 thing I sadly accepted was that I could no longer rely on many convenience (or takeout) food items that I had esp favored as part of my daily cooking for just myself -- Until I began working on my COPYCAT WISH LIST. This recipe is #12 in my "Copycat Cookbook" & #13 will soon follow it to that collection thanks to the recipe-cloning genius of Todd Wilbur & his "Top Secret Recipes" website. *NOTE FROM ME: This recipe is deep-fried & there was no way to enter it w/o chg'ing the caloric, fat & nutritional data for the better or worse. There will be a fairly lrg amt of oil wasted when cooking is done, so I opted to omit cooking oil as an ingredient for the sake of more accurate nutritional info. Todd suggested 6-10 cups of oil for frying (based on the size & depth of the deep-fryer or frying pan you use), but I'll try to use less by shallow-frying the chicken for a longer time, turning as needed.* ENJOY!"

Original recipe yields 4-5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (412.8 g)
  • Calories 471.2
  • Total Fat - 11.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 972.7 mg
  • Sodium - 2040 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 0.4 g
  • Protein - 68.1 g
  • Calcium - 77.9 mg
  • Iron - 10.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

If using a whole chicken, cut into 8 standard pieces -- i.e. 2 wings, 2 breasts, 2 thighs & 2 legs. BUT I suggest halving the breast pieces, which will equalize the cook time for all pieces. This may also have the benefit of creating a 5th serving. You will be left w/the back & rib pieces that can be used for chicken stock or gravy. If using an already cut fryer, you're good-to-go for Step 2.

Step 2

Heat the oil to 300F in a deep-fryer or a wide, deep fry-pan on the stove.

Step 3

In a lrg shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, both grd peppers & paprika.

Step 4

Break the eggs into a separate shallow bowl & beat until well-blended.

Step 5

Ck the oil by dropping in a pinch of the flour mixture. If the oil bubbles rapidly around the flour, it is ready.

Step 6

Dip ea piece of chicken into the eggs & then coat generously w/the flour mixture. Starting w/the breast pieces that will require the longest cook time, drop ea piece into the hot oil & fry for 15-25 min or until a dark golden brown.

Step 7

Remove the chicken to paper towels or a rack to drain of any excess oil.

Re: Cook Time - I allowed a range of 15-25 min cook time to reflect a lesser time for deep-frying & a longer time for shallow-frying.

Tips & Variations

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