Perdue Packed All the Flavors of Thanksgiving Into a Nugget – And They Sold in Less Than An Hour

It's too late to buy the limited-edition pack, but the nuggets are a brilliant idea to recreate at home.

November 13, 2020
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Photo by: Erik Voake/Photo courtesy of Perdue

Erik Voake/Photo courtesy of Perdue

Smaller dinners mean scaling back on the menu itself, and while that may mean trading in the giant turkey for a turkey breast or rotisserie chicken, brands are already finding new ways to make Thanksgiving fun and creative – just smaller.

For bite-sized Thanksgiving snacking, Perdue launched ThanksNuggets, which were available for a limited time and included both Breaded Breast Meat Turkey Nuggets and Breaded Dark Meat Turkey and Cranberry Nuggets.

In the spirit of the season, the dark meat nuggets were even drumstick-shaped and inspired by the traditional pairing of turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Meanwhile, the adorable turkey-shaped white meat nugget was inspired by another holiday favorite: the sweet potato.

The nuggets began selling at noon EST today, November 13, in honor of Perdue Farms’ 100th anniversary. But only 100 bags were available on PerdueFarms.com for $19.20 apiece.

“Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year, and we know there’s a lot of cooking fatigue out there right now, so we thought we’d have a little fun with it by launching our limited edition ThanksNuggets. Whether you’re celebrating on your own or just downsizing your feast, PERDUE® ThanksNuggets pack your favorite flavors of the holiday into two effortlessly delicious turkey nuggets,” said Tracy Hostetler, VP of Marketing, Premium Prepared Foods, in a press release. “Forget the hours of prep, the brining, the roasting, the mountain of dishes, the fancy place settings: this year is all about having a ‘LazyGiving. Whether you prefer white or dark meat turkey, our ThanksNuggets have got you covered so you can still enjoy your favorite holiday flavors without all the effort.”

Of course, if you werent lucky enough to grab one of these limited-edition packages, there are always chicken nuggets. Or you can make your own turkey nuggets. Just swap out chicken breast for turkey breast (but keep in mind chicken breasts are usually smaller than turkey's, so you only need 1 1/2 pounds of turkey for Ree Drummond’s recipe). Whether they're readymade or homecooked, these turkey bites are a brilliant idea for a scaled down Thanksgiving dinner.

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