In case you want to make a statement dish on the upcoming Thanksgiving, consider serving Popeyes deep fried turkeys instead of the regular roasted one. It gives juicy meat with super crispy skin, as well as a touch of spiciness if you opt for the recipe of Popeyes deep fried Cajun turkey below.
Popeyes Deep Fried Turkeys
- 1 whole turkey giblets and neck removed
- 3 gals. peanut oil or as necessary
- 7 oz. beer
- 2 cups butter
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup Louisiana hot sauce
- ¼ cup garlic juice
- ¼ cup onion juice
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 tbs. ground black pepper
Using a large saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat, then mix in the Worcestershire sauce, Louisiana hot sauce, garlic juice, onion juice, beer, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
Inject the marinade mixture into the breasts, thighs, legs, wings, and back of the turkey using turkey baster with flavor injector. Put the turkey inside a large zip lock bag, plastic bag, or oven bag, and let it marinates for the night in your refrigerator.
Before frying the turkey, lower it into the fryer and measure the amount of the required oil until it is completely submerged by the oil. Lift and set it aside.
Prepare the oil by heating it to 365ºF. Dip the turkey carefully when the oil has reached the said temperature. Make sure the entire part is covered by the oil.
Cook the turkey by calculating the time needed if it takes 3 minutes to cook one pound of turkey. The thickest part of the meat, which is the thigh, should reach 180ºF for it to be considered done.
Remove the hit and lift off the turkey slowly from the oil. Drain out all the oil and let it rest for approximately 20 minutes on a serving platter before carving it.
This Cajun fried turkey is sure going to be a remarkable centerpiece of the holiday. Prepare yourself to be pleasantly surprised by how moist the meat is, considering its crispy skin. The Popeyes deep fried turkeys is really a godsend, especially for those who don’t really enjoy being in the kitchen for too long.