Industry News | October 15, 2002

Popeyes’ Cajun Turkeys Are Back For Holiday Season

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Popeyes® Chicken & Biscuits, a division of AFC Enterprises, Inc., is bringing back its fully-cooked Cajun Turkeys, available at participating Popeyes restaurants through the holiday season beginning November 1.

A southern Louisiana tradition, the popularity of serving Cajun Turkeys has expanded from the bayous to mainstream America and will be served on thousands of tables across the country this holiday season. Popeyes Executive Chef Billy Jacob developed the recipe for the Popeyes Cajun Turkey in 1997 and it has been a success with customers ever since.

"Back in the 1980s when Cajun fried turkeys were becoming all the rage in Louisiana, Popeyes started cooking them for customers in our New Orleans restaurants," said Jacob. "As time passed, the interest in Cajun turkeys grew tremendously and they have become a regular feature on our menu during the holiday season.”

Perfect for family gatherings, holiday dinners, tailgating parties or any special event, Popeyes Cajun Turkeys are whole turkeys deeply marinated with a Cajun spice blend that is injected into the bird to bring the flavor to the bone. Then they are slow roasted and crispy fried. By flash frying the turkeys, a unique crispy coating is created. This special technique locks in all the flavor and moistness that most turkeys lose during the cooking process.

Popeyes is a leader in the Cajun segment of the foodservice industry and is the world's second-largest quick-service chicken concept.