Thinking about making a copycat of Popeyes fried turkeys? Well, it takes you much time to prepare and cook it, but the result surely will be satisfactory… especially if you follow this recipe of copycat Popeyes fried turkey.

To make this recipe, you will need these ingredients:

  • 11 lbs. whole turkey
  • Non-self-basting peanut oil
  • Cajun Turkey seasoning mix, which consists of
    • ½ cup garlic pepper
    • ½ cup kosher salt
    • ½ cup ground white pepper
    • 1 tsp onion powder
    • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Liquid marinade
    • 1 lb. unsalted butter
    • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
    • 1 tbsp ground white pepper
    • 3 tbsp ground black pepper
    • 3 tbsp salt

The procedure of making the Popeyes fried turkeys will be as follows:

  1. Mix the seasoning and put aside in a small bowl.
  2. Measure the need of oil. To do so, you need to place the whole 11 lbs. turkey inside a fryer and use the amount of water to cover the turkey to measure your frying oil.
  3. Make sure to drain the water from the fryer—let it dry as well.
  4. Clean your turkey by removing the neck and the giblets from the body cavity. Wash the turkey thoroughly and pat it dry with paper towels.
  5. Then, continue by cutting of the tail and the wing tips.
  6. Place your turkey inside a pan and then rub the turkey’s both sides with half the Cajun turkey seasoning. No need to truss/tie the legs.
  7. Cover the pan and let the turkey got marinated with the mix overnight.
  8. Another additional marinade to be injected: melt butter and then toss in salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and white pepper. Make sure to mix it well. then, allow the mix to cool into 100oF.
  9. Continue by pouring the mixture into an injector. Inject the turkey with this mix and pay attention to the thick areas (breast and legs).
  10. Heat your oil up to 365oF. Then, fry your turkey until the inner temp (thigh area) gets 180oF.
  11. Remove the turkey from the oil, then let it drain a bit on the rack.
  12. Move the turkey from the rack, and now it is time to sprinkle it again with the remaining Cajun turkey seasoning. Let sit 20 minutes before you slice the turkey.

So, those are the details of making your copycat Popeye’s fried turkey. Ready to make this Popeyes fried turkeys all by yourself?


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