I Made My Own Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Because The Real One is Trash

Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich

Remember the hype around the Popeyes sandwich in the States like a year ago? Seems like a lifetime ago right? Well now it’s finally here in Canada. Popeyes has come out with a marketing scheme where if you’d like to have first dibs on this sandwich you have to be on the “list”. To get on the list you had to tag Popeyes Canada and tell them why you should be added on the list to be one of few to get to try the sandwich. Let me tell you why this is a fail

Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich
  1. The sandwich is actually available at some Popeyes outside of Toronto for a few months now
  2. We have a pandemic to worry about, not a sandwich

Instead of making a post begging Popeyes for a fried chicken sandwich (and I was really close to) , I decided to make my own because we pave our own way right? Lol. I’ve also had a significant amount of fried chicken so I decided to give a crack at a sandwich that I’ve “technically” never had. Also from the recent reviews since the launch on the 12th, it hasn’t been so great.

Deep fried chicken sandwich with spicy mayo

Typically with a replica you have to taste the originator and try to copy it. I literally just used other people’s reviews and attempted to make my own and honestly it came out pretty good.

I bought the brioche bun because like, I’M NOT A CHEF, I just like to cook and I’m not a fan of making my own bread.

Deep fried buttermilk chicken

When making fried chicken, the batter contains egg. I have been eating less and less egg and if it’s not really necessary, I’ll skip it. I’ve also added cornstarch on top of regular flour as cornstarch adds that extra layer of CRUNCH we’re looking for.

homemade spicy mayo

Typically, a mayo based sauce goes with a chicken sandwich. I made my own “spicy mayo type” sauce that you can use with the sandwich.

Popeyes Fried Chicken Sandwich replica

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people


  • 1 lbs Chicken breast
  • 4 Brioche Bun
  • Pickle optional


  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder

Flour Mix

  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 3 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 3 tsp Chili Powder Adjust to desired spicy level
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp BBQ or Cajun Seasoning

Sandwich Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Mayo
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp Lime juice


  • Flatten the chicken by pounding down. I used a wooden rolling pin. This helps the chicken to cook evenly.
  • For marinate, add buttermilk, salt, garlic powder, chili powder into a container
  • *For buttermilk you can add 1 cup milk per 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Add chicken into the container and let it marinate for a few minutes up to overnight if you'd like
  • While chicken is marinating, mix together all ingredients for flour mix
  • Fill a pot halfway with oil, deep enough for deep frying and set at medium heat
  • Once oil is hot enough, take chicken out of marinate, dip and cover in flour mixture, then add it into the pot
  • Let fry until chicken turn golden brown, remove from heat and let it rest

Sandwich Mayo Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients together and set aside


Tip: to toast bun, spread mayo on flat side and add to pan on medium heat for 3min or until bun is golden brown

Make sure to read my last recipe on BBQ Jerk Tofu Bites here. Feel free to follow me @foodiie.diary on Instagram for more food adventures!

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