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What? A chain restaurant’s recipe for gravy? Brian what in heck are you doing? These are all questions that I have had to ask myself when I decided to share this recipe with you. One of my favorite chicken fast food joints is Popeye’s, and based on their recent expansion activities and the lines at the franchises – I am not alone.

Todd Wilbur had a TV chow on CMT called Top Secret Recipes and he devised a recipe that was very similar to this zesty gravy recipe. I have made slight adjustments to the steps, however the recipe remains basically the same as Todd’s.

This is one of our families favorite gravy recipes.

Popeye's Cajun Gravy Recipe
Yields 3
That gravy that is so amazing at Popeye's Chicken now ready for you and I at home!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 1 1/2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. 2 chicken gizzards
  3. 2 1/2 Tablespoons minced green bell peppers
  4. 1/4 cup ground beef
  5. 1/4 cup ground pork, plus 2 tablespoons
  6. 2 Cups water
  7. 14 Ounces beef broth
  8. 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  9. 1 tablespoon flour
  10. 2 Teaspoons milk
  11. 2 Teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  12. 1 teaspoon sugar
  13. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  14. 1/2 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
  15. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  16. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  17. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  18. 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
Step 1
  1. In a large sauce pan heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Step 2
  1. Saute the chicken gizzard in this heated oil for 4 to 5 minutes until cooked through.
  2. Step 3
  3. Remove the gizzards from the pan and then finely minced.
Step 4
  1. Combine the ground meat in a small bowl. Mix the meat together with your hands until it is well combined.
Step 5
  1. Add the bell pepper to the sauce pan and allow to sauce for 1 minute.
Step 6
  1. Add the ground meat mixture to the pan and cook until it's browned. Use a potato masher to smash the cooked meat mixture into very tiny pieces as it is browning.
Step 7
  1. Add waster and the broth to the pan. Immediately whisk in the cornstarch and the flour.
Step 8
  1. Add the remaining ingredients and allow to come to a boil.
Step 9
  1. Reduce the heat and simmer the grave for 30 to 35 minutes or until the mixture is thick.
Adapted from Todd Wilber
Adapted from Todd Wilber
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