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Spicy chicken sandwiches on parchment paper, with a glass of beer
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5 from 2 votes

Air Fried Spicy Chicken Sandwich {Popeyes Copycat}

Perfectly brined with pickle juice and hot sauce, breaded and air fried to crisp perfection, all on a soft butter brioche bun, this spicy chicken sandwich might just be better than the fast food counterpart.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 626kcal
Author: Sunena Anand


Chicken Marinade

  • 2 Chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • ½ cup Whole milk
  • ¼ cup Pickle juice
  • ¼ cup Louisiana hot sauce

Chicken Dredge

Spicy Mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

To Assemble

  • 2 Brioche hamburger buns
  • Bread and butter pickles to serve


  • Pound the chicken: Using either a meat mallet or any heavy object, pound out the chicken breast until the chicken breast is big enough to fit your bun.
    2 Chicken breasts
  • Marinate the chicken: Add the chicken to a mixing bowl. Marinate in the hot sauce, pickle juice and milk. Let the chicken sit as long as you have time for at least 30 minutes.
    ½ cup Whole milk, ¼ cup Pickle juice, ¼ cup Louisiana hot sauce, 2 Chicken breasts
  • Dredge the chicken: To another mixing bowl, add the flour, spices and salt. Add in 2 tablespoons of the liquid marinade to the chicken and stir. Let most of the marinade drip off the chicken, and add to the seasoned flour. Dredge on both sides.
    1 teaspoon Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon Smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon Onion powder, ¼ teaspoon Old bay, ½ cup All purpose flour
  • Air fry: Spray the chicken on both sides with cooking spray. Put in the air fryer basket, and air fry for 10-15 minutes at 390°F. The timing will depend on your individual air fryer, check at around 10 minutes.
  • Assemble the sandwiches: Liberally spread the spicy mayonnaise on both sides of your brioche buns. Top with the chicken breast, bread and butter pickles, and finish with the top bun.
    ¼ cup Mayonnaise, 2 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce, 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper, 2 Brioche hamburger buns, Bread and butter pickles


Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 2293mg | Potassium: 1048mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1516IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg