Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken (Copycat)
November 03, 2016
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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!"
- 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
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.
Heat the oil to 300F in a deep-fryer or a wide, deep fry-pan on the stove.
In a lrg shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, both grd peppers & paprika.
Break the eggs into a separate shallow bowl & beat until well-blended.
Ck the oil by dropping in a pinch of the flour mixture. If the oil bubbles rapidly around the flour, it is ready.
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.
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
- No special items are required.