The Speckled Palate
November 12, 2014

Roasted Turducken

Roasted Turducken, a Cajun specialty, makes a delicious and unique centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table! This masterpiece of meat–a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey–is incredibly easy to make and bake for your Thanksgiving dinner! This Roasted Turducken makes the perfect protein for any holiday (or weekend!) feast.

A Cajun treat -- a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey -- that's incredibly easy to make and bake for your Thanksgiving dinner! This Roasted Turducken is the perfect protein for any holiday feast.

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The Turducken… it’s a beast, y’all. A delicious, friendly beast.

As someone who was not raised in South Louisiana, I didn’t hear about the invention of this triple threat holiday protein until I was in college… and I never tried one until this year. Specifically, last weekend.

When I was plotting out my Friendsgiving menu, I knew I wanted to do a different protein than the usual roasted turkey, even though it’s delicious, because it’s fun to try something different.

And then Winston suggested a Turducken.

A Cajun treat -- a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey -- that's incredibly easy to make and bake for your Thanksgiving dinner! This Roasted Turducken is the perfect protein for any holiday feast.

His parents were coming to visit us in mid-October, and he asked if they could grab us one. Since they live in Louisiana, this wasn’t an issue, and they arrived at our house with a 10-pounder (which felt more like a 30-pounder.)

Are you wondering what a turducken is?

It’s a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey.

And it’s all kinds of delicious for a Thanksgiving meal.

A Cajun treat -- a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey -- that's incredibly easy to make and bake for your Thanksgiving dinner! This Roasted Turducken is the perfect protein for any holiday feast.

I expected it to be the bird inside of the bird inside of the bird… and I’d be left to the seasoning and cooking. When I opened up the packaging, I was surprised to see that the turducken was already seasoned, stuffed and ready to go.

When I told my husband about this, he said, “It’s from South Louisiana. They aren’t gonna leave anything to chance, including you seasoning it wrong.”

Fair enough.

A Cajun treat -- a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey -- that's incredibly easy to make and bake for your Thanksgiving dinner! This Roasted Turducken is the perfect protein for any holiday feast.

Honestly, I feel like I’m cheating sharing this recipe with y’all because, well, it’s not really a recipe. We just defrosted the bird(s), opened the packaging the morning of, plopped the poultry onto my roasting pan, covered it and baked for three hours… then uncovered it and baked it for an additional hour before removing it from the oven and letting it rest until it was time to eat.

Stupidly easy.

And I totally recommend getting a turducken like the one we were brought from Hebert’s if you’re skeptical about making the turducken taste awesome by your skills alone.

Blogsgiving Dinner 2014 // The Speckled Palate

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and delicious food. Luckily, the food blogging community is all about these things as well. To celebrate the holiday, Meghan from Cake ‘n’ Knife and Susannah from Feast + West are hosting Blogsgiving Dinner. And we’ve got a total of 20 awesome blogs sharing 52 recipes!

The idea behind our Blogsgiving Dinner is based on the old-fashioned progressive dinner party, in which you’d eat each course at a different guest’s home. Each blogger is bringing one or more dishes to the party on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week, so be sure to stop by each one and get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving meal.

Be sure to check out today’s recipes for entrees, salads and side dishes.

We’ll be posting to social media with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner. Hope you can join us!

Blogsgiving Progressive Dinner Menu for Wednesday, November 12

Salads

Entrees

Side Dish

Wine

… We’ve got a little bit of everything for y’all today, and I honestly want to eat everything on the menu. (Blog friends, WHYYYYY doesn’t everyone live closer to we can do this in person?)

A Cajun treat -- a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey -- that's incredibly easy to make and bake for your Thanksgiving dinner! This Roasted Turducken is the perfect protein for any holiday feast.

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And, without further ado, here’s how you can make this REALLY EASY Turducken…

A Cajun treat -- a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey -- that's incredibly easy to make and bake for your Thanksgiving dinner! This Roasted Turducken is the perfect protein for any holiday feast.
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Roasted Turducken

Roasted Turducken, a Cajun specialty, makes a delicious and unique centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table! This masterpiece of meat--a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey--is incredibly easy to make and bake for your Thanksgiving dinner! This Roasted Turducken makes the perfect protein for any holiday (or weekend!) feast.

Course Entree
Cuisine Cajun American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Turducken

  • 1-10 lb. prepared turducken

Turducken Gravy

  • 1 cup reserved turducken drippings , skimmed of fat
  • 1 cup chicken or turkey stock
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Two to three days before your feast, pull the frozen turducken out of the freezer. Defrost in the refrigerator until the day of Thanksgiving.
  2. The morning of Thanksgiving, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  3. Remove the turducken from its' packaging. Place breast down on the roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil, and transfer to the oven.
  4. Bake the turducken for 3 hours covered. Then take the aluminum foil off, and bake for an additional hour.
  5. When the turducken has been in the oven for 4 hours, remove and cover, letting rest.
  6. Drain the drippings from the roasting dish, and warm in a large saucepan with a large surface area over medium heat.
  7. Create the slurry: In a bowl, combine the chicken stock with the flour, beating together until smooth and combined.
  8. Pour in the slurry slowly into the drippings, whisking constantly, until the gravy has thickened and is smooth. (If something goes wrong and your gravy is lumpy? Transfer that into your food processor or blender and mix until smooth, then transfer back to the pan and continue warming.)
  9. When the gravy reaches the consistency you desire, cover and set aside.
  10. Enjoy the gravy and turducken warm!

Recipe Notes

Our turducken was purchased fresh from Hebert's. While you can certainly prepare and stuff your own turducken at home, it will not be quick or super simple, so I suggest purchasing it premade... unless you enjoy that kind of thing.

What main dishes and sides are YOU making for Thanksgiving this year?

16 Comments

  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I agree, I wish we could have done this in person! That would have been so much fun. I’ve never had turducken before, but I’ve always wanted to try it. It sounds like this is a pretty easy way to make it!

    • Erin

      Glad you’re with me on all of us getting together and doing this for real… because all these dishes sound SO GOOD.

      I definitely recommend checking out a turducken. It’s different than your normal Thanksgiving turkey, but it’s delightful all the same! And it was incredibly easy to make — I kind of feel guilty for sharing this here because I feel like it’s not a “real” recipe since all I did was bake it and make a gravy!

  2. Becca

    Wow! You’re brave to take this beast on, but it looks mighty tasty! It’s the perfect centerpiece to the Thanksgiving table…and a great conversation starter!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Becca! I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into… but I’m pleasantly surprised by how easy and delicious this was! I’d definitely do it again. And you’re right: It’s a fabulous conversation starter!

  3. Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife

    Can I tell you how much I love that you chose to do turducken?? I have always wanted to try it but have been a little terrified of it at the same time.. But you make it sound totally doable!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Meghan! Like you, I was a little terrified to try this before I actually got it out and realized that my job was gonna be stupid easy. It’s totally doable if you go this store-bought route and who knows? Maybe next year, I’ll try to do one from scratch if I’m feeling adventurous. Haha.

  4. Jill

    So awesome! Had no idea you could get these things all stuffed and assembled! I’d probably go ahead and wrap the whole thing in bacon. (or shove it into a pig???)

    • Erin

      If you’re having a turducken, you might as well take it to the next level and wrap it in bacon! That’d be quite the feast!

  5. Susannah // Feast + West

    What a stunning dish! I have never tried Turducken, but it’s really awesome you can get them ready-to-cook. My mom went to culinary school in South Africa, and she tells this incredible story about preparing a guinea fowl inside a chicken inside a capon inside a duck inside a goose inside a turkey inside an ostrich. She said it all fell apart embarrassingly upon slicing and it didn’t create concentric circles like they had hoped! I’m going to show her this recipe and let her see it can be done!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Susannah! It was a really nice surprise to find it completely ready to be cooked… I didn’t expect for it to be nearly that simple!

      It’s amazing that your mom went to culinary school in South Africa and stuffed a guinea fowl inside a chicken inside a capon inside a duck inside a goose inside a turkey inside an ostrich. That’s INSANE and impressive… even if it fell apart upon slicing. (How could it not?!?!) I’d imagine putting together a turducken might be a lot simpler than that, simply because this only calls for three proteins instead of seven!

  6. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Holy. Cow. (Or should I saw duck!?) This is epic! I’ve always been curious how these bad boys are made and am so impressed you cooked one!

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