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Popeye’s Lousiana Chicken brings back what it calls a fan-favorite Thanksgiving staple.

The New Orleans-style fast food chicken chain takes pre-orders of its Cajun Style turkeys at participating restaurants nationwide as long as stocks last. Prices start at $ 39.99 and can be pre-ordered by calling local restaurants or visiting restaurants.

“Cajun-style turkey is hand-rubbed and infused with flavorful Louisiana-style spices, and it prepared so all you have to do is simply warm, serve and enjoy,” Popeyes said in a statement to the United States TODAY.

For those who do not want to cook this year, pages are also available a la carte for pre-order. One that will be popular for Thanksgiving is mashed potatoes and gravy.

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The turkeys are usually available in advance on Thanksgiving and consumers can choose their pick-up date. Delivery is limited.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thanksgiving is expected to look different for many families this year. The nation’s leading infectious expert Dr. Anthony Fauci advises Americans to skip big Thanksgiving plans.

Speaking to the “CBS Evening News” last week, Fauci warned against “gathering in an indoor setting” with large groups of guests outside the city. “It’s unfortunate because it’s such a sacred part of American tradition – the family gathers for Thanksgiving,” he said, “but it’s a risk.”

In guidelines published for the autumn holidays, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also classified “shopping in crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving” on a list of activities at higher risk to avoid. Walmart is among the retailers changing its Black Friday sales to help reduce crowds in the midst of COVID-19.

Popeye’s cooking instructions

Here are Popeyes’ cooking instructions on how to prepare Cajun-style turkeys:

  • Defrost 48 to 72 hours in the refrigerator or 10 to 12 hours in cold water (change water every hour). Popeyes says, “DO NOT thaw at room temperature. Always leave in sealed plastic during thawing.”
  • Preheat conventional oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove all packaging and reserve juice.
  • Place turkey on a rack in a large frying pan and pour juice into the pan.
  • Reheat the lid on the bottom rack of the oven for 2 to 2.5 hours, and until the inside temperature reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit measured using a meat thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the brisket (without touching the bone).
  • Let stand 20 minutes before slicing.
  • Save the pan drip for gravy if desired.

Source: Popeyes

Contribution: Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY

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