Copycat Popeyes Cajun Rice

Popeyes Cajun Rice is a wonderful side dish for when you want a cajun inspired meal. You can recreate this cajun rice recipe at home.

Homemade Popeyes Cajun Rice in a bowl

In 1972 in New Orleans, an idea was born. Alvin Copeland opened a fast-food restaurant he named Popeyes after a character in the movie The French Connection. He apparently wanted to model himself on the style of Popeye Doyle. The main taste sensation in this first restaurant was chicken cooked in a spicy New Orleans style. From this inauspicious beginning, Al Copeland became a larger-than-life chicken mogul, and there are now over 2,600 Popeyes that have introduced the rich food history of New Orleans to all parts of the U.S. and other areas of the world.

About Popeyes Chicken

Popeyes is famous for its flavorful, freshly-cooked chicken, and its patrons agree one hundred percent with its slogan: Love That Chicken. Since its inception, Popeyes has not stopped introducing exciting chicken flavors such as wicked chicken (which won a MenuMasters award), blackened tenders, beer can chicken, and red stick chicken.

Ingredients for homemade Popeyes Cajun rice.

Louisiana Rice – the secret to this dish

Rice has been an intrinsic part of Louisiana food culture for more than 300 years. It forms the basis of many traditional Louisiana dishes such as étouffée, gumbo, red beans, and jambalaya. Nearly all the rice grown in Lousiana today is of the slender, fluffy long-grain variety. Versatile and easy, rice is a mainstay in Louisiana kitchens. And, every bite has one thing in common – the distinctive taste of Louisiana. Popeyes rice dishes are justly famous and were awarded a MenuMasters Award in 1999.

Homemade Popeyes Cajun dirty rice in a bowl.

How to make Popeyes Cajun Rice

This recipe for Popeyes Cajun Rice (also known as dirty rice) came in response to the requests of many people who have enjoyed it at Popeyes and wanted to cook it at home. To successfully prepare Popeyes Cajun Rice it’s important that the rice is of good quality. We tried Minute Rice but weren’t happy with the results. However, Success Rice (boil in the bag) turned out well. Whichever rice you use, please make sure you follow the directions for cooking it. Also, please note that chicken gizzards are optional, and the dish will be just as tasty if you only use ground beef. When done right, Popeyes Cajun rice adds spice to any meal!

Homemade Popeye's Cajun Rice in a bowl

Copycat Popeyes Cajun Rice

Make this Popeyes Cajun Rice Recipe at home with this easy recipe.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Cajun Rice, Popeyes Recipes
Servings: 10
Calories: 350kcal


  • 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup chicken gizzards
  • 1/2 cup Finely Dice Bell Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Diced Green Onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper
  • 4 cup Long Grain Rice Cooked and Drained
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper


  • Finely chop or pulse the chicken gizzards in a food processor. In fry pan stir in ground beef, ground chicken gizzards, bell pepper and cook on medium-high heat until beef loses its pink color and bell pepper are soft. Remove excess grease. 
  • Turn temperature down to medium or medium-low. Add remaining ingredients, stir and cook together until ground beef is completely cooked and liquid is gone about 25 - 35 min. More Creole seasoning and red pepper may be added for that Cajun at Heart. I like to use Tony Chachere's.


Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 11.2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2.1mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Mama Joy

    5 stars
    I made this recipe but used gizzards and livers but not green onion. And I used more liquid because I used uncooked rice. It tasted just like Popeyes Cajun Rice. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Daren Chung

    4 stars
    Frankly nowhere near a flavor packed at the real thing, but similar in texture. I gave it a shot of chicken bouillon and double the garlic and creole seasoning and it got closer, but not quite. It was still edible, but not really the same.

  3. Dana L Fahrney

    Always loved the White House hot sandwich from Paisans in Madison, Wisconsin. Don’t live close enough to go there, but would love to make at home.

  4. Stacy

    5 stars
    The Church’s Chicken where we live stopped serving Cajun Rice. I don’t know why.
    I’ve been looking for a Cajun rice recipe that closely resembles Church’s Chicken Cajun rice.
    This recipe looks pretty close.
    I’m still going to check from time to time to see if CC brings back their Cajun Rice.
    Thanks for the recipe. It looks super yummy and easy to whip together.

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