Popeye’s Spicy Fried Chicken


3 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup water
1 cup Frank's hot  sauce
4 cups flour
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp paprika
3 tsp cayenne pepper
1 quart buttermilk
kosher salt to taste
garlic powder to taste
2 and 1/2 lb chicken, cut into pieces (2 wings, 2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks) reserve the chicken carcass for stock.
Peanut oil for frying

If you love Popeye’s fried chicken, here how to make it at home.

  • Place chicken in a large bowl or glass baking dish and cover with buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, turning occasionally.
  • In a bowl beat eggs, water and hot sauce. Whisk to combine.
  • In a large paper bag or a 1 gallon zip lock bag add the flour, black pepper, paprika and cayenne.
  • Remove chicken from buttermilk and let excess drip off, season with garlic powder, salt and pepper, then add in batches to the flour mixture and shake well to cover chicken.
  • Remove chicken pieces one at a time and shake off excess flour.
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the egg/hot sauce mixture and add back to the bag with the flour and shake again to coat all pieces.
  • In a large sauce pan or deep fryer, fill 1/2 full with peanut oil and heat to 350 degrees.
  • Once the oil is hot fry the chicken in batches until golden and crispy. About 15-18 minutes. Do not overcrowd pan. Once the first batch of chicken is fried all the oil to come back to 350 degrees before adding more pieces..
  • Remember that dark meat takes longer to cook. The wings will cooked first followed by the breasts, drumsticks and thighs.




20 min


15 min


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