fried chicken sandwich inspired by popeye – where’s the spinach????

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 “I ain’t no tailor but I know what suits me.” Popeye The Sailor Man

Hi there,

One of the delights of writing this blog has been how I have reconnected with friends from the past. One of these friends is Beverly. I honestly think I haven’t had contact with her for over 20 years. Bev contacted me and told me she makes this recipe for a fried chicken sandwich that her family swears is better than the one sold at a national fast food chain. Here is a picture of Bev with that chicken loving family. Bev is the beautiful woman with the eyewear.

Intrigued and wanting to catch up with her life, I invited Bev for lunch. The lunch menu became Bev bringing the original sandwich so I could do a test taste. The days when I would find fossilized French fries in my car have long passed and, so, I haven’t had an opportunity to eat at this fast food place. But, to my amazement, the sandwich was delicious and I started to think about where I could find a child to use as an excuse to visit this chain.

My grandchildren aren’t the best choice to take on this clandestine adventure (Luke is a gourmand, and Maya only eats chicken fingers). The only solution was to give the recipe a try. I followed the directions that Bev provided posted on GMA. It is finger licking good. Whoops, that the other place.

Homemade Crispy Fried Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients


1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 (6- to 8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and halved crosswise 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons water
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
2 quarts peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
4 potato sandwich rolls

Directions

Use a Dutch oven that holds 6 quarts or more. We like to serve these sandwiches topped with shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced onion and dill pickle chips and slathered with mayonnaise.
Combine salt, paprika, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, sage, and cayenne in bowl. Measure out 1 tablespoon spice mixture and set aside. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Using meat pounder, gently pound each chicken piece to even 1/2-inch thickness between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Season chicken all over with remaining 2 3/4 teaspoons spice mixture.
Whisk our, baking powder, and reserved 1 tablespoon spice mixture together in large bowl. Add water to the mixture and rub together with your fingers until water is evenly incorporated and shaggy pieces form. Place egg whites in shallow dish.
Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet. Working with 1 piece at a time, dip chicken in egg whites to thoroughly coat, letting excess drip back into dish, then dredge in the mixture, pressing to adhere.
Transfer chicken to prepared wire rack and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
Add oil to large Dutch oven until it measures about 1 1/2 inches deep and heat over medium-high heat to 375 degrees. Add chicken to hot oil. Adjust burner, if necessary, to maintain oil temperature between 325 and 350 degrees. Fry, stirring gently to prevent pieces from sticking together, until chicken is golden brown and registers 160 degrees, 4 to 5 minutes, flipping halfway through frying. Transfer to clean wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. 
Serve on rolls.

Recipe originally appeared on the GMA Website courtesy of Cook’s Country

Thanks Bev for sharing this recipe.

Talk soon, ❤️💕 Bernadette

24 responses to “fried chicken sandwich inspired by popeye – where’s the spinach????”

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes – Angie's Recipes is an interactive blog dedicated to sharing yummy & creative recipes, helpful cooking hints and tips. Enjoy your visit and spread the word!
    Angie Schneider says:

    For me, homemade is always better. The only fast food I have ever once had was a KFC chicken and I didn’t have a choice because my boss then wanted to eat there. I was too chicken to not to order anything and say NO. This looks really inviting though.
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  2. Angela – New England-born, Pennsylvania raised, and 100% Italian-American, I've been writing since Sister Mary Dolores taught me how. My husband's a concrete sequential Leo and I’m a daydreaming Pisces, which makes life just a bit more interesting, as do our kids, grands, and the inimitable Miss Puppy Clouseau.
    Angela says:

    I don’t do fast food any more–(similar recollection of fossilized fries–but a good fried chicken sandwich sounds great and would be just the ticket for dinner with the grands. Thank you, and thanks to Bev.

  3. Jacqui Murray – Laguna Hills, CA. – Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land.
    Jacqui Murray says:

    That looks so good. Oh my…

      • Jacqui Murray – Laguna Hills, CA. – Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land.
        Jacqui Murray says:

        Let me see what you have planned for me today…

  4. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    the Painted Apron says:

    I am addicted to Chick Fil-A chicken, and have been thinking I need to try making my own so you’ve given me the push I needed! I wonder white the recipe only calls for egg whites? Thanks Bernadette!
    Jenna

    • Sorry Jenna, I really don’t have a clue. The recipe isn’t for Chick Fil-A chicken. It is for the one from Louisiana. As you can see, I am a little nervous about using the name but the title of the post is a hint.

  5. Time Traveler of Life – Where my Motor Home is! – Biography Creating worlds, characters, and wielding power like a madwoman, making my characters happy, sad, angry, and some of them with no redeeming qualities. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I sometimes laugh out loud when I am writing a scene, and I have been known to cry when one of my favorites has to die. I am a left-handed Gemini, what do you expect? Reading bedtime stories to my two children until they fell asleep or until they just told me to go away, was fun. Making up wild stories for my grandchild, and creating Halloween costumes from Cowboys to a Dragon, was another favorite thing to do. I missed that so much when they were grown, that I started writing. My yearly newsletters frequently were drafted third-person by my Love Birds, Miranda our motorhome, and by Sir Fit the White Knight, our faithful Honda. Throughout the years, some of my creative talents centered around writing letters of complaint expressing my displeasure with services or products. One crucial, at least to my Son, was a note to our local school bus driver petitioning her to allow him back on the bus. He was kicked off for making an obscene gesture at his buddy. I reminded her that it was not directed at her, and that “obscenity can be in the eye of the beholder,” kids use that gesture as a greeting. He rode the bus until he graduated. I loved driving my English teacher crazy. Leaving a “continued next week” at the end of my five handwritten pages required each week. He was one of many people that suggested I “do something about my writing.” I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks at the top of my class. After 30 years, in the trenches as a Real Estate Professional, I have found that truth is stranger than fiction. My books are filled with characters I met in that profession. Their names were changed to protect the guilty. Others were from people we met traveling around the country in Miranda, our Motorhome. I am married nearly 60 years to the love of my life, Shirl, and partner-produced two exceptionally talented children, and one grandchild who is our pride and joy.
    Time Traveler of Life says:

    This looks and sounds so good, I can almost taste it. Thanks for giving up your secret recipe! I know it isn’t really a secret, but it will taste better if it is “secret!”

  6. Patricia Furstenberg – Author, writer of stories and other beautiful words spanning two continents. Loves dogs, travel, folklore, history and dancing. Coffee too 😉
    Patricia Furstenberg says:

    Scrumptious! And homemade is always so much better and tastier 🙂

  7. This recipes sounds delicious. I must try it for my sons.

  8. Sounds yummy and what a beautiful presentation! ❤️

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