Can I Section My Turkey Before Frying?
Not that I can think of, and it's a good way to control the length of time different parts take to cook, since the breast will be done/dry out faster than the dark meat. It will also ensure that your birds are completely defrosted, which is a great thing because ice crystals+deep fryer = instant disaster waiting to happen. Happy Thanksgiving!!
You most certainly could deep fry turkey in parts, but I would caution you to consider two things:
1. meat can become scorched from lack of protection from the skin and longer frying times (than chicken)
2. If you desire skin to be the most delectable part of the bird....there will be less of it due to shrinking during the frying process.
Why don't you try Julia Child's recipe for deconstructed turkey? I've been using it for years with excellent results.
In summary what you do is to cut out the whole bird's backbone, then bone out the leg & thigh. The breasts are now on their own & can be stuffed & roasted in the normal way, except that they will cook much more quickly. I stuff the thighs & truss them (you can also buy just thighs with the leg to end up with a 4 legged turkey which will satisfy dark meat lovers.) The backbone & wings go to make a great stock.
No a lot of work & you save oven space & cooking time. Julia knew what she was talking about!