Copycat Popeyes Popcorn Chicken

It’s a treat when I get to fire up my deep fryer. And because I’m a sucker for being influenced by cheesy ads on TV for fast food joints, I had to make a copycat of the popcorn chicken you can get at Popeyes. I couldn’t help myself. I was weak. Crunchy, spicy and addicting, I gobbled them up just like Annie (the lady on the Popeyes commercials) said I would.
Copycat Popeyes Popcorn ChickenI figured I needed a few dipping sauces for my copycat Popeyes popcorn chicken. I decided to pick up a few bottles of Sweet Baby Ray’s dipping sauces at the store. SBR makes great BBQ sauces (perfect as-is or as a base for your own creation), so I was pretty darn sure that their dipping sauces would be great too. And they were. Between the popcorn chicken and the dipping sauces and a few fries, it was a happy deep-frying kind of day!

Also try my chipotle popcorn chicken bites. Chicken with a kick!

Copycat Popeyes Popcorn Chicken

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 eggs


  • Cut chicken into small pieces.
  • Heat 3" of oil to 350 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Combine flour, salt, white and cayenne pepper and paprika in a shallow bowl or pie plate.
  • Whisk together the eggs in a separate shallow bowl or pie plate.
  • Working in batches, dip chicken pieces into the egg.
  • Shake off excess and transfer to the flour mixture, coating well.
  • Shake off excess and place into the hot oil.
  • Fry 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack or paper towel-lines plate.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.

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