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Can You Deep Fry a Turducken?

As we get closer to the holiday season, with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, people are beginning to think about what to cook for their holiday spreads.

turkey running from pot - deep fried turducken

One of the most popular main dishes in recent years has been the Turducken. Made from a de-boned chicken, stuffed inside a de-boned duck, which is then stuffed inside a de-boned turkey, with each layer wrapped in a delicious stuffing, the Turducken combines 3 of the popular poultry dishes into the ultimate holiday meal.

Another popular dish coming out of Louisiana is the deep-fried turkey.  Basically, the home chef will completely thaw the turkey and then dip the bird in peanut oil until it is completely cooked, delivering a juicy, delicious version of the holiday treat.

Then Let’s Start the Fryer and Deep Fry our Turducken!

Unfortunately, just because you can deep-fry a turkey does not necessarily mean you can deep-fry a turducken. There are a couple of reasons for this:

  1. There are no bones in the turduken cavity. Unlike a chicken, duck, or a turkey, the turducken is completely de-boned, meaning there is nothing really holding it together. If you were to deep-fry the dish, it would simply fall apart.
  2. Turduckens are not hollow. This is one of the main reasons it would be extremely difficult to deep fry turducken. A turkey is hollow on the inside, allowing the bird to cook from the inside out. Turduckens are stuffed full of goodness, which would not allow the birds to cook evenly. It would burn on the outside before it cooks through.

Basically, if you attempted to deep -fry a turducken, you would most likely end up with a burnt, greasy mess. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the turducken for what it is – a unique, delicious meal that your whole family can enjoy. If you would like to try a turducken this holiday season – or even next weekend – you can purchase a quality turducken from Cajun Crawfish! We even offer next day shipping so the turducken will be at your door with very little wait!

If you have ever tried to deep-fry a turducken, share your success and failures in the comments below!

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