The fried chicken sandwich wars have officially begun. Popeyes has been working hard to dethrone the reigning champion, Chick Fil A with their own version of the classic spicy fried chicken sandwich. And I hate to say it, but the Popeyes Sandwich is absolutely news worthy.
That shattering crisp crust combined with the perfect spicy mayo on a brioche bun might be the most delicious thing I’ve tried at a fast food restaurant in years. The problem is that sometimes you want to stay in and avoid angry mobs—so that leaves obtaining this treasure trove of fried chicken out of the question for most Americans.
I’ve completely solved the acquisition problem by NAILING this unbeatable chicken sandwich! No more planning and plotting to snag one—make this in your very own home. Invite your friends over and win their loyalty forever by treating them to what I’d dare to call THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH OF ALL TIME! If it didn’t use chicken, you could joke it’s simply the GOAT (haha).
Don’t be afraid to make fried chicken at home. Once upon a time I was—and I’ve devised this recipe to be fool proof. Get your ingredients ready and join me in making the best thing you’ll eat all year long.
A few ingredients I used in this recipe that might not be in your pantry.
MSG is added into the brine, you can find this at any Asian Market or (purchase here on amazon). Popeyes uses MSG with all their chicken – it’s what gives their chicken the extra savoriness or boost of flavor that you usually don’t get with homemade.
The batter should look lumpy like this.