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Today is National Sandwich Day and all across the country, people are having moments of joy because the now-beloved Popeyes Chicken Sandwich has made a glorious return after three months off the menu.

But, if you don’t want to have to wait in line for hours at the counter or drive-thru, we have a bit of a life hack for you. Here’s how you can make your own copycat Popeyes Chicken Sandwich via Gimmie Delicious.

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For the chicken marinade

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon EACH paprika garlic powder, black pepper, salt

For Breading

1 cup flour

½ cup corn starch

1 tablespoon EACH paprika garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (for spicy)

1 teaspoon EACH salt & pepper

Spicy mayo

½ cup mayo

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon paprika or cajun or taco seasoning

1/2 tsp garlic powder

To Assemble:

4 medium-sized brioche buns


Sliced pickles

3-4 cups canola oil for frying


To Marinate chicken

Pound chicken breasts in between two pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Cut each chicken breast in half crosswise to make 2 small pieces of chicken about the same size as the bun (see video below). In a large bowl, buttermilk, paprika, garlic powder, salt & black pepper. Add the chicken to the mix and place in the fridge to marinate up to 24 hours or use right away.

To Cook Chicken

Heat oil in a large heavy-duty skillet or pot on medium temperature or until the temperature reaches 350F. In a medium shallow bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, and spices. Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of the buttermilk batter into the flour mixture and mix it through with a fork. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken the flour mixture and press flour on the top chicken to form a thick crust. Transfer chicken to hot oil and fry for 3-5 minutes per side or until the outside is crispy and golden and the internal temperature reaches 165F.

To Assemble

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan and toast buns face down until golden and crisp. Whisk all the ingredients for the mayo in a small bowl and spread a generous layer of mayo on each bun. Top with pickles and chicken. Enjoy hot!

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