AFC Enterprises, Inc., through its ownership of the Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits and Churchs Chicken chains, holds the number two position in the U.S. fast-food chicken sector, trailing only KFC. . The Popeyes chain, specializing in a Cajun-style fried chicken that is spicier than most conventional recipes, consists of 1,325 units, 1,152 of which are franchised.
The first Popeyes was opened by Al Copeland in June 1972. By the early 1980s, Popeyes was the third largest fast-food chicken chain, behind KFC and Churchs. New menu items included chicken tacos, barbecued beans, red beans and rice, and, most important, a new biscuit.
Popeyes Copycat Recipe
1/2 lb. sliced bacon, cut in 1/2 inch strips
1/4 lb. smoked ham, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
2 medium onions, rough chop approximately 3/4 inch cut
1 small bell pepper, rough chop
1/2 stalk celery, medium fine minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup flour
3 teaspoons seasoning salt Cajun/Creole (such as Chef Paul Prudhommes, Zatarains or Tony Chachere's available at grocery stores)
1 quart chicken stock
6 cans cut green beans, drained
Saute bacon and ham in butter until bacon is just beginning to reduce size. Add all vegetables cut in 1/4 inch dice to the bacon mixture saute for 15 minutes on medium heat. Add seasoning salt and minced garlic, stir well and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, add chicken stock and bring up to a simmer and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, do not boil, just a simmer. Drain the green beans and add to the mixture cook for 5 minutes.