Fast Food

Popeyes Has Flexible Thanksgiving Options, Think Deep-Fried Turkey

Photo courtesy of Popeyes

It’s safe to say that this Thanksgiving season will be far from normal. With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging across most of the world, leaders in the United States, including many governors, are calling for people to limit gatherings, which includes massive Thanksgiving feasts.

For those who are unable to travel or attend these gatherings, there are different ways to still enjoy similar foods while connecting with loved ones virtually. Some of the better deals for those eats come from Popeyes, who is serving up a couple of ways for people to enjoy Thanksgiving.

Those in the know are well aware that Popeyes is a regular in the Thanksgiving turkey game, as they sell whole fried Cajun turkeys that are ready to heat and serve. Turkeys are still available for those that call in to their local Popeyes and check to reserve an order, but they are quite popular. They sell for roughly $40 a bird.

Popeyes has also teamed up with UberEats to create a smaller feast that’s meant for smaller crowds. Their “Choose Churkey” bundle features an 8-piece order of fried chicken, along with a large side of your choosing and a biscuit.

The meal goes for $19.99, but if you spend above $20 when ordering on UberEats, Popeyes is also gonna throw one of their bespoke chicken sandwiches in.

2020 is definitely going to be one of the toughest Thanksgivings to get through. However, as long as we’ve got food and a way to connect to family, we can still celebrate, get through the holiday and pandemic, and hopefully be able to partake in a full celebration next autumn.

Fast Food

Arby’s Just Made A Deep-Fried Turkey Pillow You Can Use Anywhere

Photo courtesy of Arby’s

One of the first things I do after Thanksgiving dinner is nap. A perfect storm of exhaustion from cooking all day, dodging hot-button topics from family, and a delightful food coma, a post-Thanksgiving rest is a tried and true remedy. 

This year, I won’t be waking up from that nap with a stiff neck. Arby’s has launched a new Deep Fried Turkey Pillow designed to help alleviate any discomfort during your cozy couch session. 

Photo courtesy of Arby’s

Technically a hat you can place on your head, the Fried Turkey-shaped accessory lets you gently lay your head down in any geographical situation. 

The definitely real item was introduced as part of a promotion with Arby’s new Deep-Fried Turkey sandwiches. 

You can order the pillows through for $59.95 while supplies last or possibly win one here. Holiday season aside, this thing definitely has utility throughout the rest of the year.

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Your Early Guide On How To Deep Fry The Thanksgiving Turkey

Photo: Shutterstock // LaVonna Moore

Looking for a tender turkey that’s ready in a fraction of the time? You might need to deep fry your turkey this year!

Every year, Thanksgiving at my house is the same: Try to cram a huge turkey, a ton of side dishes and a few too many cooks in the kitchen. It’s practically a recipe for a hilarious holiday rom-com! This year, we might try something different. You’ve probably heard about deep fried turkey, right? To make the perfect bird, you’ll just need a few pieces of specialty equipment and the desire to follow safety instructions.

Safety First

Before we get started, we really want to stress that deep frying a turkey is not without risk. As a former restaurant chef, I can tell you first-hand that hot oil burns fast and hot. Before you decide to deep fry your turkey, make sure you’re ready to be safe and responsible. That means no drinking and frying! Start by actually reading the manufacturer’s manual that came with your deep fryer (yes, the whole thing). You should also read through the process before getting started so you fully understand every step before jumping in.

How to Make a Deep Fried Turkey

You’ll Need:

  • A turkey
  • An outdoor turkey-frying kit, including a propane tank, a burner, a large 30-quart pot, a deep frying thermometer and a hook/lowering mechanism
  • An instant read meat thermometer
  • A fire extinguisher that’s rated to work with grease fires (just in case!)

A quick note about deep fryers: We recommend buying a turkey fryer kit, like the popular Bayou Classic. This will ensure that you have everything you need for a successful run.


Step 1: Size up your turkey

If your turkey is 14 pounds or less, you can go ahead and deep fry it whole. But, if it’s larger than 14 pounds, you’ll need to remove the legs and thighs from the body and fry them separately. Don’t be afraid to ask your local butcher to help you with that!

Step 2: Choose the right spot

Set up your turkey fryer on a flat surface (such as concrete) in an open area. You want the fryer to be far away from any other combustible materials, such as wooden decks, structures or furniture. Make sure that no one will need to walk between the propane tank and the burner, which could cause the pot of hot oil to fall over. Set your fire extinguisher nearby.

Step 3: Measure the oil

Overflowing the pot is the number one most dangerous aspect of deep frying a turkey. There’s no way to fix things when the oil is already heated up, so you’ll want to pre-measure your oil line. Place the turkey in the pot and add water until it’s covered by about a half an inch. Remove the turkey and allow any excess water to drain back into the pot. Mark the water line as the maximum fill line before discarding the water. Make sure there is at least 3 to 5 inches from the fill line to the top of the pot to prevent a boil over.

Step 4: Make sure everything is dry

Oil and water don’t exactly get along, and that’s especially true when the oil gets hot. Any water in the fryer will spit out at you as the turkey fries, which could cause a fire hazard or bodily harm. After you’ve measured the maximum fill line, pat the turkey dry with paper towels and fully dry the inside and outside of the pot. Check the turkey’s cavity to make sure it’s dry and free from ice.

Step 5: Prepare the oil

Once you’re ready to fry, fill the pot with oil, being careful not to exceed the maximum fill line. Clip the thermometer onto the side of the pot and turn on the burner. Heat the oil to 375°F. If you’re cooking turkey parts instead of a whole turkey, you only need to heat the oil to 325°F.

Step 6: Slowly lower the turkey

When the oil is good and hot, you’re ready to add the turkey! Hook the turkey with the provided hanger. Make sure you hooked it good: You should be able to hold the turkey securely over the cutting board without it slipping or falling. Turn the burner off and slowly lower the turkey into the pot, going slow enough to prevent the oil from bubbling over. Easing it in nice and slowly also allows you the chance to abort if anything goes amiss.

Pro Tip: You should definitely be wearing heavy-duty oven mitts for this step, along with pants and shoes. This isn’t the best activity for shorts and sandals! You want as little exposed skin as possible to reduce your chances of getting burned.

Step 7: Cook the turkey

Turn the burner back on and set your timer. The turkey cooks incredibly quickly using this method, about 3 to 4 minutes per pound (or 4 to 5 minutes a pound if cooking turkey parts). When the timer goes off, very carefully lift the turkey out of the oil and take the temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer. The deepest part of the thigh should register 175°F and the breast meat should read 165°F.

Step 8: Let it rest

Once the turkey is cooked, carefully remove it from the oil and place it on a rimmed baking sheet fitted with a wire rack (or, paper towels, if you prefer). Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before cutting into it.

Now that you know the delight that is deep-fried turkey, you may never go back! Serve it up with your favorite side dishes and (of course) Grandma’s best gravy.

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Article by Lindsay D. Mattison for Taste of Home. View the original article here.