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.
Crispy Fried Chicken
CRISPY FRIED CHICKEN with Delta Sauce
Popeyes Restaurant Copycat Recipe
1/3 cup water
about 1 cup “Texas Pete” hot red pepper sauce
4 cups flour
2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon paprika
3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 quart buttermilk (optional)
salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
1 (1-2 1/2 lbs.) chicken, cut into pieces
peanut Oil, for frying
Delta Sauce (recipe follows)
Place cut up chicken in a large bowl, and cover with buttermilk. Cover and chill for two hours, or overnight. This is an optional (but recommended) step. In a large bowl, add eggs, water, and red pepper sauce. Whisk until combined. In a large gallon freezer bag, mix flour, pepper, paprika, and cayenne. Remove chicken from buttermilk and sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Place all chicken pieces in freezer bag with flour mixture. Shake until all pieces are evenly coated.
Remove chicken pieces one at a time, shaking excess flour. Dip each piece in the egg mixture, and return to bag of flour. After all pieces of been dipped in the egg mixture and put back in the bag, give it a second shake to coat chicken pieces again.
Heat oil in deep fryer or deep pan to 350 degrees. Working in batches, drop each piece of chicken into the hot oil. Fry for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown, turning occasionally if oil does not completely cover chicken. Keep in mind that dark meat chicken takes longer to cook than white meat. Watch your wing segments, as well; these will finish cooking first.
Popeye's Delta Sauce
Makes 1 1/2 Cups
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2-3 dashes hot pepper sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.