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How to Make Popeyes Biscuits from Scratch: Two Recipes You Need to Try

Wonderfully flaky, faintly buttery, and deliciously tender — these are the words that first come to mind when I think of Popeyes biscuits.

If you’ve ever had them, I’m sure you’ll agree. They’re not as popular as Popeyes chicken, which is frankly a surprise as they’re really good!

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In this post, I’ll show you how to make Popeyes biscuits from scratch so you don’t have to go out every time you’re craving for them. It’s one of the easiest recipes in the world, so even young and inexperienced bakers can partake. Plus, preparation doesn’t take any more than 10 minutes. Let’s get started!

Tried and True Popeyes Copycat Biscuit Recipe

It took me a while to find the perfect measurements for this Popeyes buttermilk biscuit recipe, but I’m happy to announce that I’ve finally done it, and I’m super excited to share!

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The original Popeyes biscuit recipe is yet to be posted or “leaked” online, so the mentioned ingredients may or may not be the same. Regardless, this recipe tastes so similar to the original that you’d think you’re actually eating from the restaurant.

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Best of all, there’s no special “secret” ingredient or overly complicated steps. You probably have everything you need in your pantry already! Let’s begin with the ingredients you’ll need:

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of cold butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Dash of salt (no more than 1 teaspoon)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a deep bowl. This includes flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. I used all-purpose flour so the biscuits remain tender. However, you can absolutely use pastry flour if you want your biscuits to taste lighter and more delicate. Bread flour is acceptable as well, but it may produce a dryer biscuit.
  • Cut the butter into tiny cubes and add them to the dry mixture. You can also use a grater if you wish. Make sure the butter is cold! This is what creates the signature Popeyes biscuit’s flakiness. Softened butter yields a dense and thick biscuit. The same is said for melted butter. Keep the butter cold and firm even within the dough.
  • Pour in the buttermilk and milk into the mixture. Buttermilk is the one responsible for adding that pleasant tang into your biscuit. Plus, it helps tenderize gluten, which results in a softer and more tender biscuit overall. Don’t have buttermilk? You can use a milk-and-vinegar substitute instead.
  • Mix the buttermilk and milk using a spoon until a dough forms. Don't over-mix or knead your dough as it may cause it to toughen up. Furthermore, it may melt the butter, which we want to avoid. Stop as soon as the dough forms.
  • Roll the dough into a floured surface. It needs to be no more than half an inch thick. Then, cut the biscuits into small circles using a 3-inch biscuit cutter or the lip of a glass. You don't need perfect circles, so don’t worry if the edges are a little rough. Sealing or fixing it may prevent the dough from rising in the oven properly.
  • Arrange your dough circles on a lightly greased pan or parchment paper. 
  • Bake the biscuits for 22 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown in color.
  • Brush the top of the biscuits with melted butter as soon as they’re out of the oven.
  • Serve immediately with chicken or jam and enjoy!
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Flaky Popeyes Biscuit Recipe Club Soda Version

The above recipe is my favourite Popeyes biscuit copycat recipe. However, many of my friends absolutely adore this Popeyes biscuit recipe Bisquick version, so it’s difficult not to share!

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Compared to the above, this version has only four major ingredients. You can, of course, increase or decrease the listed measurements according to your taste.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups Bisquick mix
  • ¾ cups Club Soda, Sprite, or 7-Up (whatever you have available)
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • ½ cup or 1 stick melted butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  • Combine the Bisquick mix and sour cream into a mixing bowl with a fork. Bisquick is made from all-purpose flour, vegetable shortening, baking powder, and salt, so you can make the mixture at home if you don't have it readily available.
  • Gradually add the Club Soda, 7-Up, or Sprite and keep mixing until a sticky dough forms. Similar to the above recipe, make sure you don't knead the dough too much as it may toughen the biscuits. It typically doesn't take any more than ten kneads until the ingredients are fully combined.
  • Roll the dough into a lightly floured surface until it's about half an inch thick. Cut the biscuits into small circles using the lip of a glass (lightly coated in flour) or a 3-inch biscuit cutter. Don't twist the cutter as it may seal the biscuit’s edges, which might prevent the dough from fluffing up.
  • Add ¼ of the melted butter into the pan. Then, place the dough circles directly above the butter. Brush the biscuits generously with the remaining melted butter.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the biscuits turn lightly golden in color.
  • Enjoy!
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Final Thoughts

The recipes above are two of the best Popeyes chicken biscuit recipes I’ve tried. Popeyes is quite the drive away from my house, so being able to quickly whip a batch whenever I want is extremely convenient! Do I dare say it tastes better than Popeyes? Yes!

More often than not, real Popeyes biscuits are super dry because they lose their crispness 30 minutes after they’re baked. That’s probably why so many “Eating Popeyes Without Water” challenges on YouTube exist.

The best thing about these homemade biscuit recipes is that you store the dough in the fridge for up to three weeks. This saves you from having to make a batch from scratch whenever you’re craving Popeyes. Happy cooking!