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Copycat Big Mary and Taters

Copycat Big Mary Chicken Sandwich with Taters

Copycat Big Mary Chicken Sandwich and Taters - a great homemade copycat recipe for a well loved chicken sandwich from Mary Browns Famous Chicken and Taters.
Course Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword chicken, chicken dinner, copycat recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 chicken sandwiches


  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • canola oil for frying
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 3 lbs potatoes washed and cut into thick wedges
  • 1/4 cup milk

For the chicken dredge

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

For the Spicy Mayo (optional)

Mix together:

  • 1/2 cup plain mayo
  • 2 tsp sriracha sauce or another favourite hot sauce
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder or chili powder


  1. Pound the chicken breasts out to an even thickness; about a half inch. Lightly season them with salt.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in the flour dredge together well. I like to use a whisk in a round bottom bowl to make sure everything is evenly mixed. A food processor also will mix them up well.
  3. Make an egg wash by whisking together the eggs and water.
  4. One at a time dip the breast pieces in the flour and spice mixture, then dip quickly into the eggwash and then a final time into the flour and spice mix, pressing the mix firmly into the meat to get good contact.
  5. Heat a skillet on the stove with about a half inch of canola oil covering the bottom. You will want to carefully regulate the temperature here so that the chicken does not brown too quickly. The thinness of the breast meat practically guarantees that it will be fully cooked by the time the outside is browned. I find just below medium heat works well. I use a burner setting of about 4½ out of 10 on the dial and fry them gently for about 4 or 5 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy. (You can, of course, use a deep fryer for the chicken if you prefer. Keep the heat at 350 degrees until they are golden brown. About 8 -10 minutes)

  6. Drain on a wire rack for a couple of minutes before making the sandwiches. Use plain mayo or the spicy mayo on both the un-toasted top and bottom buns, adding just fresh lettuce to the sandwich and a pickle slice on top. A club sandwich version adding bacon and tomato is also excellent!

To make the taters.

  1. Toss the potato wedges in the1/4 cup milk and drain the milk off. 

  2. Toss the wedges in the remaining flour and spice mix and deep fry for about 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and fully cooked. Alternatively, you can lightly oil a cookie sheet and place the taters on it, drizzling a little extra oil over the top.

  3. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about a half hour. Turn them half way through the cooking time.