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Popeyes Lousiana Chicken is bringing back what it calls a fan-favorite Thanksgiving staple.

The New Orleans fast food-style chicken chain is accepting pre-orders of its Cajun-style turkeys at participating restaurants nationwide, while supplies last. Prices start at $ 39.99 and can be pre-ordered by calling local restaurants or visiting restaurants.

“Hand-rubbed and infused with spicy Louisiana-style seasonings, Cajun Style Turkey is pre-cooked, so all you need to do is simply reheat, serve and enjoy,” Popeyes said in a statement to USA TODAY.

For those who don’t want to cook this year, sides are also available à la carte for pre-order. One that will be popular for Thanksgiving is the mashed potatoes and gravy.

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Turkeys are generally available to order in advance during Thanksgiving, and consumers can select the pick-up date. Stocks are limited.

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

Speaking to “CBS Evening News” last week, Fauci cautioned not to “gather indoors” with large groups of out-of-town guests. “It’s a shame because this is such a sacred part of American tradition: the family that comes together around Thanksgiving,” he said. “But that’s a risk.”

In the guidelines issued for the fall vacation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also ranked “shopping in crowded stores just before, during or after Thanksgiving” on a list of high-risk activities to avoid. Walmart is among the retailers changing its Black Friday sale to help reduce the crowd amidst COVID-19.

Instructions for cooking Popeyes

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

  • Defrost 48-72 hours in the refrigerator or 10-12 hours in cold water (changing the water every hour). Popeyes says, “DO NOT thaw at room temperature. Always leave plastic sealed while thawing.”
  • Preheat the conventional oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove all packaging, reserving the juices.
  • Place the turkey on a rack in a large roasting pan and pour the juice into the pan.
  • Reheat uncovered on the bottom shelf in the oven for 2-2.5 hours and until the core temperature reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit as measured by the meat thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the breast meat (without touching the bone).
  • Let it rest for 20 minutes before sculpting.
  • Save the pan dripping if you wish.

Source: Popeyes

Contributing: Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY

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