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Popeye's Fried Chicken

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Rating: 4/5 4 stars
4 reviews
1 comment

ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 1646
cook method: stovetop, oven

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3 cups self-rising flour
1 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons seasoned salt
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 package dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 package (1.5 ounce size) dry onion soup mix
1 package (.5 ounce size) spaghetti sauce mix
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups Corn flakes cereal, crushed slightly
2 eggs, well beaten
1/4 cup cold water
4 pounds chicken, cut up


Combine first 9 ingredients in large bowl. Put the cornflakes into another bowl. Put eggs and water in a 3rd bowl. Put enough corn oil into a heavy roomy skillet to fill it 1" deep. Get it HOT! Grease a 9x12x2 baking pan. Set it aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dip chicken pieces 1 piece at a time as follows:

1-Into dry coating mix.

2-Into egg and water mix.

3-Into corn flakes.

4-Briskly but briefly back into dry mix.

5-Drop into hot oil, skin-side-down and brown 3 to 4 minutes on medium high. Turn and brown other side of each piece. Don't crowd pieces during frying.

Place in prepared pan in single layer, skin-side-up. Seal in foil, on 3 sides only, leaving 1 side loose for steam to escape. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes removing foil then to test tenderness of chicken. Allow to bake uncovered 5 minutes longer to crisp the coating.

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Leftovers refrigerate well up to 4 days. Do not freeze these leftovers. Leftover coating mix (1st 9 ingredients) can be stored at room temp in covered container up to 2 months.

Recipe Source: Gloria Pitzer

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1236 calories, 51 grams fat, 119 grams carbohydrates, 70 grams protein per serving.
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I bake this uncovered and it turns out much better otherwise the coating is gooey.

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May 30, 2010

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The batter/breading was so thick that the skin couldn't even get remotely crispy and the there is no flavor whatsoever! Sorry, but even Popeye's mild/regualar chicken has tons of flavor, and it isn't sweet like this recipe.

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Member since: May 29, 2007
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I don't know either I did something wrong or we're not talking bout the same Popeye's. I'm talking about the one with the commercial that says they have the "EEEEEEEEEEEEEYE Popping Flavor!!!!"

I was kind od suspect of the recipe, when I saw that more time was spent in oven than frying. Also there seem like a lot of flour, constarch, and baking soda with very little of the flavoring seasons and spices. I must say this is the most UN-Popey's like recipe I have ever tasted. It tasted nothing like Popeyes. My regular chicken had more taste and flavor.

I will go back and do this 2 or 3 more times to see if I made a mistake, but I followed the directions perfectly except for a few things. I used breast tenderloins rather than whole pieces and I deep fried rather than pan fried.

I assume I was supposed to use thinner corn flakes like the ones from Kellog's not the big husky ones. I used Kellog's. The only other thing I could assume is possibly I used the wrong mixes. Maybe somone who was successful could suggest specific brand of onion soup, spaghetti sauce, and italin dressing mix. I assume they wrote powder so you know to use dry rather than wet mix. OR does it mean 100% powder? And even before putting it in oven it didn't taste all that great coming from oven. I was kinda bland. In their commercials they claim to have a marinade they soak it in. Maybe we need to makeup a recipee for that.

I will go back and try this again and see if it was the chicken itself that was not fresh enough as well as pan trying it on a lower temp, so it cooks only golden before going in oven and come back and comment. Who knows maybe the skin makes a difference as well.

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Member since: July 8, 2003
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I loved this recipe! I was a little scared due to seeing spaghetti sauce mix etc.. listed as ingredients. The chicken was crispy and seasoned to perfection! If you want some kick I would definitely recommend adding cayenne.