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.




Popcorn Chicken and Shrimp

Popeyes Copycat Recipe

peeled shrimp or bite size chicken pieces
6 cups vegetable oil or olive oil, for frying
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons ground white pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
3 eggs

Heat oil over medium heat in a deep fryer or in a deep cast iron skillet on the stove.  Combine the flour, salt, peppers, and paprika in a bowl.  In another bowl, break eggs and beat until well blended.  Check temperature of oil by dropping a pinch of flour mixture in pan. If the oil bubbles rapidly around the flour, it will be the right temperature

Dip each piece of shrimp/chicken into eggs; then coat generously with the flour mixture. Drop each piece into the hot oil and fry for 15 to 25 minutes or until the shrimp is a dark golden brown.  Drain shrimp on paper towels and serve warm.

Why choose? Since you are cooking at home you can do whatever you want.  The basic batter recipe is good for fish, shrimp, crawfish and chicken so pick and choose what you like.

Turn your popcorn chicken, fish or seafood  into a Popeyes PoBoy by serving them on French bread  "dressed" with lettuce and tomatoes as they say in New Orleans.  I like my Shrimp PoBoy with both cocktail and tartar sauce and make Chicken PoBoys with BBQ and Tabasco sauce.  It's your kitchen so do what you want your way!


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