Popeye's Fried Chicken


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons seasoning salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 packet dry spaghetti sauce mix
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 cups crushed cornflakes cereal
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 cups oil for frying
  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces


  1. In a shallow dish or bowl mix together the flour, cornstarch, seasoning salt, paprika, baking soda, dressing mix, soup mix, spaghetti sauce mix and sugar.
  2. Place cereal crumbs in another shallow dish or bowl.
  3. Mix together eggs and water in a third shallow dish or bowl.
  4. Heat oil (1 inch deep) in a large skillet over medium high heat. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. Dip chicken pieces into dry coating mix, egg/water mixture, cereal crumbs, briefly into dry mix once more, then drop into hot oil skin side down. Brown for 3 to 4 minutes, then brown other side of each piece.
  6. Place browned chicken pieces in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, skin side up, and cover dish with aluminum foil leaving one side open for escaping steam.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and tender and juices run clear.
  8. Remove cover and bake another 5 minutes to let coating become crisp; serve.

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