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Popeyes urges people to quit turkey and eat CHURKEY on Thanksgiving

Popeyes is urging fast food fans to abandon tradition this Thankgsiving by swapping out their turkey for… churkey. 

The fried chicken chain debuted a special new meal delivery service on Wednesday in partnership with Uber Eats: the Churkey Special, a $19.99 fast food feast that is designed to feed a family of four. 

According to Popeyes, the meal was designed to cater to the ‘millions of Americans’ who ‘would actually prefer to have chicken instead of turkey for their Thanksgiving meal’, while also alleviating any stress that comes with having to prepare a lavish feast for the holiday. 

Something different: Popeyes is urging fast food fans to abandon turkey this Thanksgiving in favor of its Churkey Special, a fried chicken meal made to feed a family of four

Something different: Popeyes is urging fast food fans to abandon turkey this Thanksgiving in favor of its Churkey Special, a fried chicken meal made to feed a family of four 

Gobble! The fast food chain's new $19.99 meal contains eight pieces of fried chicken, a large side, and four biscuits

Gobble! The fast food chain’s new $19.99 meal contains eight pieces of fried chicken, a large side, and four biscuits

As well as eight pieces of fried chicken, the Churkey Special also comes complete with four biscuits and a large side – with options including mashed potatoes with Cajun gravy, Cajun rice, red beans and rice, and Cajun fries. 

Anyone who spends more than $20 on their order will also earn one of Popeyes’ famous fried chicken sandwiches for free, ensuring that nobody in their party will go hungry this Churkey Day. 

The meal can be ordered through the Uber Eats app from November 18 through to November 29, and have the fast food feast delivered straight to their door. 

However, for those who want to shake things up this Thanksgiving without giving up their traditional bird, Popeyes has also brought back its Cajun style turkey, which first debuted last year. 

The dish puts a New Orleans-style spin on the beloved Thanksgiving staple, infusing it with ‘zesty Louisiana-style seasonings’ that add a bit of a kick to the meat. 

Popeyes is selling the pre-cooked turkeys for $39.99 each, and they are available for pre-order through Thanksgiving Day. 

‘Hand-rubbed and infused with zesty Louisiana-style seasonings, the Cajun Style Turkey comes precooked so all you need to do is simply heat, serve and enjoy,’ a Popeyes spokesperson said. 

No need to lift a finger! Popeyes teamed up with Uber Eats to create the meal, which will be delivered straight to your door and is ready to eat upon receipt

No need to lift a finger! Popeyes teamed up with Uber Eats to create the meal, which will be delivered straight to your door and is ready to eat upon receipt  

Alternative: The fried chicken favorite is also catering to those who want to buck tradition in a different way, offering a Cajun-style turkey for $39.99

Alternative: The fried chicken favorite is also catering to those who want to buck tradition in a different way, offering a Cajun-style turkey for $39.99 

The turkeys can be ordered from participating locations nationwide, either on the phone or in-person, and upon delivery, the bird – which arrives on ice – will need to be heated up in the oven for up to two and a half hours, until it reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit inside. 

Let it stand for 20 minutes and then it’ll be ready to be carved up and served at the dinner table, all you have to do is add the side dishes – which can also be ordered from Popeyes a la carte, ensuring that you have to do nothing other than turn on the oven this Thanksgiving. 

And if Cajun turkey doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are other quirky alternatives to choose from.   

Earlier this month, Reynolds Wrap unveiled three ‘Desserkys’ for the holidays: dessert-inspired turkeys that combine some sweet with savory.

The recipe lineup includes a Pecan Pie Turkey, a Gingerbread Turkey, and most shockingly, a Chocolate Turkey made with chocolate-based BBQ glaze.

Certainly, the most eyebrow-raising of the dessert turkeys is the chocolate variety, which the brand serves with a mix of fruit.

‘Chocolate lovers will drool over this chocolate-based BBQ glaze to give your turkey a sweet and savory kick,’ reads the description.

Super sweet! Reynolds Wrap also came up with some quirky Thanksgiving options, including a  recipe for chocolate turkey made with a cocoa BBQ sauce and topped with chocolate chips

Super sweet! Reynolds Wrap also came up with some quirky Thanksgiving options, including a  recipe for chocolate turkey made with a cocoa BBQ sauce and topped with chocolate chips

Desserky! It's one of three dessert-inspired turkeys the brand has come up with this year

Desserky! It’s one of three dessert-inspired turkeys the brand has come up with this year

The recipe calls for the turkey to be cooked in a BBQ sauce made from brown sugar, ketchup, spices like garlic and onion powder, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and cocoa powder — plus pieces of bittersweet chocolate.

Once it comes out of the oven, it’s basted with more chocolate BBQ sauce and topped with semisweet chocolate chips, fresh fruit, and chocolate shavings.

The Gingerbread Turkey is another extremely festive option.

Seasoned with a gingerbread rub of sugar, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and pepper, it’s topped off with a sweet molasses glaze. 

When it’s done, home cooks can decorate with more gingerbread cookies, and can use mashed potato in an icing bag to draw more gingerbread men on the turkey itself.

Finally, the Pecan Pie Turkey gets a buttery brown sugar and corn syrup glaze, and is served with swirls of mashed sweet potatoes and pecan halves on top.

All of the recipes are available on the brand’s website. 

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