Are Popeyes Cajun-Style Thanksgiving Turkeys Good?

The chain is bringing back the fan-favorite this year here’s how to pre-order.

October 08, 2021

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Popeyes wants to ensure you have a very happy Turkey Day. To that end, the popular fast-food chain announced that it’s bringing back its famous Cajun-Style Turkey just in time for the November holiday.

As Popeyes fans may know, while the chain is perhaps best known for its fried chicken, this precooked frozen turkey returns each year around this time and is a true lifesaver for those of us who don’t want to spend an entire day cooking a bird.

That’s because, as you may have gleaned by now, when you purchase this spicy bird basically all of the hard work has been done for you. More specifically, the outside of the turkey has been rubbed in a blend of paprika, red pepper, garlic and onion before being marinated in a Creole butter. In other words, the only thing you need to keep track of with this bird is defrosting it and eventually reheating it when it’s time to chow down.

And you better believe this Popeyes turkey is darn good, too. “Not even gonna hold you.... This Popeyes turkey was delicious,” one Twitter user shared in 2020. Another somewhat skeptical user wrote: “I can't believe the popeyes turkey is actually really good.”

Aside from being virtually hassle-free, there are other reasons why purchasing a Popeyes turkey might be particularly advantageous this year. In August, poultry producers predicted a turkey shortage and even noted that fresh turkeys under 16 pounds (a popular choice for many Thanksgiving celebrations) would be in particularly short supply. However, by buying your bird from Popeyes, you’re avoiding a potentially turkey-less holiday meal.

What’s more? Popeyes also sells a bevy of side dishes that go great with some spicy turkey slices. Options include mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and biscuits, so you can basically have a whole Thanksgiving Day feast at your fingertips.

For those interested in procuring a Popeyes turkey, the birds will be available for pre-order beginning October 18 at participating Popeyes locations. To put in your Thanksgiving order, simply call or visit your local Popeyes on or after that date.

And with all that free time you’ll have now that the turkey is taken care of, you can focus on other important components of your Thanksgiving meal such as the appetizers, soups and, of course, pies.

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