Copycat Popeyes Blackened Chicken Sandwich Recipe

blackened chicken sandwich with pickles
blackened chicken sandwich with pickles - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

If nothing sounds better than a classic Popeyes blackened chicken sandwich, there's no need to wait in a long drive-thru line. With this easy recipe by Catherine Brookes, you can enjoy the bold, spicy flavors of this popular sandwich at home. There are just a handful of ingredients required, many of which you'll likely already have in the fridge or pantry, with everything coming together in under 30 minutes too.

The star of this copycat Popeyes recipe is the succulent, tender chicken breast. We combine the perfect blend of spices to create a smoky, slightly fiery coating for the chicken, that transforms this recipe into a flavor-packed main that tastes just like the original version. Then, the chicken is pan-fried until crisp and blackened on the outside, but still wonderfully juicy in the middle.

Stack the chicken up in some perfectly toasted brioche buns along with some tangy pickles and creamy mayo to balance the heat, and the sandwiches are ready to enjoy. If you're a Popeyes devotee, we highly recommend giving this one a try, and you'll soon discover how easy it is to recreate this classic sandwich staple in your own kitchen.

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Gather The Ingredients For This Copycat Popeyes Blackened Chicken Sandwich

blackened chicken sandwich ingredients
blackened chicken sandwich ingredients - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

For this easy Popeyes copycat recipe, you'll first need two chicken breasts. For the blackened seasoning, there's smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, black pepper, and sugar. Then, grab some olive oil to lightly pan-fry the chicken. As for building the sandwich, you'll need brioche buns, mayonnaise, and some sliced pickles.

Step 1: Mix The Spices

spices mixed together in bowl
spices mixed together in bowl - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Mix together the smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, black pepper, and sugar in a bowl.

Step 2: Flatten The Chicken Breasts

flattened chicken breasts on cutting board
flattened chicken breasts on cutting board - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Wrap the chicken breasts in plastic wrap and pound them with a meat mallet or the end of a rolling pin to flatten them to about ½-inch thick.

Step 3: Season The Chicken

spice-covered chicken breasts
spice-covered chicken breasts - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Unwrap the chicken and coat boat sides in the spice mixture.

Step 4: Heat Oil In Frying Pan

heating oil in frying pan
heating oil in frying pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

Step 5: Fry The Chicken

blackened chicken breasts in frying pan
blackened chicken breasts in frying pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Fry the chicken breasts until blackened and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes per side. Once fully cooked, the internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 F.

Step 6: Drain The Chicken

draining fried chicken breasts
draining fried chicken breasts - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Place the chicken on paper towels to drain any excess oil.

Step 7: Toast The Buns

toasted and halved brioche buns
toasted and halved brioche buns - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Toast the brioche buns.

Step 8: Add The Pickles

toasted brioche buns with sliced pickles
toasted brioche buns with sliced pickles - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Place a layer of sliced pickles on the base of the buns.

Step 9: Add The Chicken

open blackened chicken sandwiches
open blackened chicken sandwiches - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Top with the chicken breasts.

Step 10: Add The Mayo

open blackened chicken sandwiches
open blackened chicken sandwiches - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Spread the mayo on top of the chicken and place the other bun halves on top to serve.

Copycat Popeyes Blackened Chicken Sandwich Recipe

two blackened chicken sandwiches
two blackened chicken sandwiches - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

What Other Toppings Or Sauces Can I Put On This Blackened Chicken Sandwich?

two blackened chicken sandwiches
two blackened chicken sandwiches - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

The great thing about creating a homemade version of this Popeyes favorite is having the freedom to customize it to your taste. The classic sandwich comes with pickles and mayo, which is of course a delicious option, but feel free to switch these out or add any extras as you please.

To bring some extra freshness and crunch to the sandwich, try topping the chicken with some sliced tomato and lettuce leaves. This really amps up the juiciness of the sandwich, combining perfectly with that succulent, spicy chicken. Adding a generous dollop of coleslaw is also another great way to do this.

If your sandwich simply doesn't feel complete without cheese, go ahead and add some slices of cheddar. You could even pop a slice or two on top of the chicken breasts when they're freshly cooked, so that the cheese becomes wonderfully melty.

In terms of sauces, there's huge room for experimentation here. You can keep things cool and creamy with a ranch dressing or aioli, turn up the heat with a spicy sriracha, or add a little smoky sweetness with some barbecue or honey mustard sauce.

Can I Make This Popeyes Blackened Chicken Sandwich Spicier?

two blackened chicken sandwiches
two blackened chicken sandwiches - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

If you love the sound of an extra hot chicken sandwich, there are a few different ways to can add another level of spice to this recipe. Firstly, you can simply up the quantity of cayenne pepper in the spice mixture, since this is the ingredient that brings the most heat to the chicken. Try increasing this to 1 whole teaspoon, which should certainly make things hotter. You could also switch out the smoked paprika for a hot paprika, or add in some red pepper flakes, which would both amp up the overall heat level of the spice mix even further.

Alternatively, you can add some spice to the sandwich when assembling everything. Try topping the buns with some sliced jalapeños or pickled jalapeños, which will give you a lovely crunch and spicy kick with every bite. Or, after stacking up the sandwiches, drizzle the fried chicken with a hot sauce of your choice, like a sriracha or tabasco.

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