Spicy Fried Chicken

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Very Tasty Extra-Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken with Delta Sauce recipe! This recipe can be made in both a traditional fryer or an air fryer.

When I asked my friend where to find the best spicy fried chicken in New Orleans, she looked at me like I was crazy and said, Popeye’s! In all fairness, she likes fried chicken more than the average person, so I should have known she’d have an answer… but I didn’t think it would be Popeye’s Fried Chicken! I was very pleasantly surprised when we walked into the restaurant and saw that it had amazing reviews on Yelp and Urbanspoon. After my first bite of the extra-crispy fried chicken with Delta sauce, I realized why it has so many fans!

Try this tasty recipe for Extra-Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken with Delta Sauce. This fried chicken, however, was a revelation: unbelievably moist, piping hot white meat covered in a thick, crunchy, batter. The Popeye’s Delta sauce is also slightly spicy and completely divine, especially when paired with a crispy, fried chicken recipe.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is a fast-food restaurant chain founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana. From the beginning, Popeyes has been known for its Louisiana-style fried chicken. The company’s signature dish is extra-crispy chicken pieces dredged in a seasoned flour batter and deep-fried until golden brown. Over the years, Popeyes has added a variety of items to its menu, but it remains best known for its fried chicken.

Serve this recipe with Super-Moist & Creamy Mashed Potatoes or Barefoot Contessa’s Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes.


Extra-Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken with Delta sauce

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Try this tasty recipe for Extra-Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken with Delta Sauce. This fried chicken, however, was a revelation: unbelievably moist, piping hot white meat chicken covered in a thick, crunchy, spicy batter.

  • Author: From Away
  • Prep Time: 1:00
  • Cook Time: :18
  • Total Time: 1:18
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Fried or Air Fryer



For the chicken

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • About 1 cup “Texas Pete” hot red pepper sauce
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 quart buttermilk (optional)
  • Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder (to taste)
  • 1 (1 to 2 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into pieces
  • Peanut Oil, for frying

For the Delta Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 23 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


For the chicken

  1. Place cut-up chicken in a large bowl, and cover with buttermilk. Cover and chill for two hours, or overnight. This is an optional (but recommended) step.
  2. In a large bowl, add eggs, water, and red pepper sauce. Whisk until combined.
  3. In a large gallon freezer bag, mix flour, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.
  4. Remove chicken from buttermilk (if marinated) and sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  5. Place all chicken pieces in freezer bag with flour mixture. Shake until all pieces are evenly coated.
  6. Remove chicken pieces one at a time, shaking excess flour. Dip each piece in the egg mixture, and return to bag of flour. After all pieces of been dipped in the egg mixture and put back in the bag, give it a second shake to coat chicken pieces again.
  7. Heat oil in deep fryer or deep pan to 350 degrees. Working in batches, drop each piece of chicken into the hot oil. Fry for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown, turning occasionally if oil does not completely cover chicken. Keep in mind that dark meat chicken takes longer to cook than white meat. Watch your wing segments, as well; these will finish cooking first.

For the Delta sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.


  • Serving Size: 4
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