Recipe PopEyes Knock Off Chicken

Grouchy Granny

Veteran Member
2 C whole Buttermilk (the low fat is just nasty)
2 TB Tabasco Sauce (Red, not Green)
2-1/2 - 3 lbs chicken (I use legs and thighs - bone in, but if you want tenders, cut your own to your desired thickness)

Marinate chicken overnight in refrigerator.

3 large eggs
1/3 c water
4 C all purpose flour
2-1/2 TB Kosher Salt
3 tsp Cayenne pepper
2 tsp Black Pepper
2 tsp Paprika
1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
Peanut Oil (I use Crisco)

Whisk together eggs water and 1 TB hot sauce.

Stir together flour, salt, cayenne, black pepper, paprika and garlic powder in a large bowl.

Pour oil to a depth of 2-1/2 inches in a dutch oven (I use my small electric skillet) and heat to 325 degrees.

Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and shake off excess moisture. Dip in egg mixture, and dredge in flour. Dip in egg mixture again and dredge in flour again, shaking off excess.

Add chicken to hot oil, 3 or 4 pieces at a time. Fry until golden brown and cooked through. The recipe says 8 to 10 minutes, but that depends on altitude (I have to do 15 or 20).

Dry on paper towels.

Hint: After I fry mine, I put them on a rack on a baking sheet and put them in an oven on warm until I'm done.
 

Grouchy Granny

Veteran Member
This is the spicy recipe, right? Not the mild.
Yes indeed! And, you can always add more cayenne to the flour if you want. The first time I made it I cut down the cayenne and discovered that was a big mistake. So, now I make it the way it reads, but if the spicy folks in the family want it hotter I add more.
 

Kris Gandillon

The Other Curmudgeon
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In our area, the "real" buttermilk, if you can find it, would be $9.00. $4.48 for a 12 oz carton. so I would need 2 cartons to have 2 cups (16 oz) so the buttermilk costs more than the $6.00 for a 3 lb chicken.
 

Grouchy Granny

Veteran Member
In our area, the "real" buttermilk, if you can find it, would be $9.00. $4.48 for a 12 oz carton. so I would need 2 cartons to have 2 cups (16 oz) so the buttermilk costs more than the $6.00 for a 3 lb chicken.
If you can get the dried buttermilk powder and mix it with milk that will work too.

I can't believe those prices! Talk about major OUCH!
 

Kris Gandillon

The Other Curmudgeon
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Never thought of that one - good catch Melodi! I'll have to remember that little hack.

I checked the price of buttermilk in my AO (Denver CO) this morning and it was $2.95 for a quart.
yea, about the same but here that is the reduced fat stuff you said to avoid.
 

AlaskaSue

North to the Future
I've never had a Popeye's but this sounds good. I might just have to give this one a try...my deep fryer is usually reserved for pork belly but I can make an exception :)
 
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