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What's the deal with Popeye's "fried" turkey?

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Has anyone tried the Popeye's Thanksgiving turkey? I always thought that Popeye's turkey was deep fried (that's certainly what I was craving). But I learned today that it's oven roasted. It comes partially cooked and then you have to bake in the oven for another 3-4 hours after you take it home.

Is it as tasty and juicy as everyone says it is?


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  1. Looks like more information is here:

    The instructions say to reheat it for 1 1/2 hours total.

    1. I had one last year. There was a thread about them that I can't seem to locate. I was under the impression that they were deep fried, and then roasted, but I could be wrong.
      As I recall, it was good. Keeping in mind I'm not a big Turkey lover, or even liker, I thought it was better than a basic oven roasted. I'm not buying one this year. The only thing that has tempted me this year is the Fully cooked, Smoked Butterball. Pretty cheap at Aldi's.
      Truthfully, I'll likely pass on Turkey this year. Thanksgiving is all about Dallas Cowboy football, so maybe chicken wings.

      1. The popeyes fried turkey is DELICIOUS, it is very juicy and very seasoned, it is by far the best turkey I have ever had. I order them about 4 times a year. If you haven't gotten it yet, you will probably have a hard time finding it. I order mine from cajungrocer.com, they are completely out of them for the year. I ordered 2 for thanksgiving but I will only be using one and saving the other for Xmas. Good luck in finding one.

        1. We had one last year at my husbands company's holiday party. It was from a Popeyes on a military base in Korea. It sure looked fried to me. The breast meat was good but they really over cooked the wings and small area of the legs. The wing is my favorite part so that totally ruined it for me.

          1. I bought one this Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. Thinking of buying a few and freezing them if possible and the price is right also.

            1. They are fired and then roasted. These turkeys are delicious! You don't really have to heat them at all, you can just thaw in the refrigerator and serve it cold. I heat mine for about an hour in a roasting bag to catch the juices and to make clean-up easy. We eat every ounce of meat with this turkey-it makes great turkey sandwiches and a really good turkey and rice/noodle soup and wonderful turkey tetrazzini. My autistic daughter loves it so much that when she is eating it-she is purring yum yum at the same time-LOL!

              1. I bought one a couple of years ago. Best turkey I ever had. Though very pricey I am buying one again this year

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                1. re: dotsme48

                  Nice of you to respond ,but... you might want to notice the date of the original post *L* no worries though