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What is a good copycat recipe for Popeye's Chicken?

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A good copycat recipe for Popeye's fried chicken requires buttermilk, flour, cayenne and black pepper, and paprika. This recipe also includes instructions for making the accompanying Popeye's Delta Sauce.

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What is a good copycat recipe for Popeye's Chicken?
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To make Popeye's fried chicken, cut 1 chicken into pieces and cover in 1 quart buttermilk. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours. Add 4 cups flour, 3 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoons black pepper, and 2 teaspoons paprika to a gallon zip bag and shake to combine. Mix 3 eggs, 1/3 cup water, and 1 cup hot sauce in a separate bowl. Remove chicken from buttermilk and place on cooling rack to allow buttermilk to drip off. Place 3 cups peanut oil in a saucepan and heat until oil is 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drop chicken pieces into the dry ingredient bag and shake to cover; dip them in egg mixture and coat again in the dry ingredient bag. Put chicken back on the rack to allow extra coating to drip. Lower a few pieces of chicken at a time into oil and cook about 15 minutes, maintaining oil temperature at 350 degrees. Serve immediately.

To make Delta Sauce, combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup chili sauce and 1/4 cup ketchup; furthermore, add 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon mustard and hot sauce to taste. Mix well and chill at least 1 hour before serving.

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