Popeyes Cajun turkeys are coming back for Thanksgiving. Here's when and how to preorder.
Mark your calendars.
Popeyes Louisiana Chicken is bringing back its “fan favorite Thanksgiving staple” ahead of the holiday.
The fast-food New Orleans-style chicken chain confirmed to USA TODAY that it will start taking preorders of its Cajun Style Turkeys on Oct. 18 at participating restaurants nationwide. Customers will need to call or visit their local restaurants to reserve a bird, while supplies last.
Prices vary by location since many restaurants are owned by franchises. Last year, the turkey cost $39.99 at many locations.
Popeyes said its turkey is hand-rubbed and infused with “zesty Louisiana-style seasonings” and comes precooked. The turkeys need to be rethawed before reheating.
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Popeyes will also have sides available including mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and biscuits.
The turkeys are usually available to order in advance through Thanksgiving, and consumers can select their pickup date. But since supplies are limited, some locations can sell out ahead of the holiday.
According to a survey by Butterball, more than 90% of consumers plan to celebrate Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a traditional dinner. But because of the Delta variant, a third of consumers are planning for smaller gathers again.
The survey found 74% of hosts intend to purchase a turkey that is at least 12 pounds and that 61% of consumers are willing to upgrade to a larger turkey in order to have a turkey on their table.
With food prices continuing to increase amid worker shortages, supply-chain bottlenecks and extreme weather, consumers should plan to shop for their holiday meals early. Last year, it was harder to find smaller turkeys because of the increase in small gatherings.
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