My nana swears by her Popeye’s CopyCat Fried Chicken recipe. One taste, and you’ll be hooked too!

Fried chicken is a beloved staple across the world, and in the United States, few names are as synonymous with this quintessential comfort food as Popeyes. Born in New Orleans back in the 1970s, their spicy, crispy fried chicken has been tantalizing taste buds for decades. One might wish to recreate this famous recipe at home for a number of reasons: to savor the flavors without leaving one’s own kitchen, to control the ingredients and make a slightly healthier version, or simply for the joy of mastering a copycat recipe that brings back memories of their delectable dishes.
Popeye’s fried chicken truly sings when accompanied by traditional Southern sides. Consider serving it with a scoop of creamy mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, flaky buttermilk biscuits, or for a healthier twist, a side of steamed green beans. A classic coleslaw or a corn on the cob also makes an excellent complement to the spicy notes of the chicken.

– 3 lbs of chicken pieces (bone-in, skin-on)
– 3 cups buttermilk
– 2 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1 teaspoon onion powder
– 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
– 1 teaspoon white pepper
– 1 teaspoon black pepper
– 1 teaspoon kosher salt
– Oil, for frying (canola or peanut oil works well)

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