The Chew: Cajun Fried Turkey In Pieces Recipe

The Chew: Cajun Fried Turkey In Pieces

When serving up a food sure to please the taste buds of anyone around you, you have to go with something tried and true! Mario Batali firmly believes in that idea, which is why he wanted to share the recipe for his Cajun Fried Turkey in Pieces. Mario joked that he was using the “Mario Batali Triple Dip” method for his fried turkey, which ensured that it was super crispy and crunchy, like most people want their fried turkey to be! It’s important to remember not to fill your pan more than 50% with oil to leave room for the dredged chicken, that way you avoid over-flowing the pan and making a mess.

Now, go forth and fry! To get the recipe, click next page.


The Chew: Cajun Fried Turkey In Pieces Recipe Ingredients

The Chew: Cajun Fried Turkey In Pieces Recipe

Mario Batali’s Cajun Fried Turkey in Pieces may just be your new favorite way to whip up the tried and true favorite. (67238971@N04 / Flickr)

  • 2 tbsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 C Kosher salt
  • 4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp onion powder

For the Fried Turkey:

  • 6 C buttermilk – divided
  • hot sauce – to serve
  • 1 whole turkey (8 lbs)
  • 3 C flour
  • canola oil – for frying


The Chew: Cajun Fried Turkey In Pieces Recipe Directions

  1. In a small bowl, add the cayenne pepper, salt, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and pepper, then mix
  2. For the turkey, ask your butcher to cut the breasts in half lengthwise, then 4 times crosswise, into pieces
  3. Cut the thighs into 4 pieces and the wings into 3 pieces, then cut the top portion of the leg off and throw away the meatless, bottom portion of the leg, while keeping the bones in and skin on
  4. Put the turkey pieces in a zip-top bag or roasting pan
  5. Whisk 3 C of buttermilk and 3 tbsp of the cajun spice mix together
  6. Seal or cover and store in the fridge overnight
  7. Put two baking racks inside two baking sheets
  8. Remove the turkey pieces from the marinade and place on the baking racks to come to room temperature
  9. Preheat the canola oil in a large Dutch oven to 340 degrees
  10. Put the flour in a baking dish and add 2 tbsp of the cajun spice blend
  11. Add the rest of the buttermilk to a second baking dish
  12. Dredge the turkey pieces in flour then shake to remove any excess before dipping into the buttermilk mixture
  13. Dip back into the flour, shake again, and repeat with the rest of the turkey
  14. Put the dredged turkey into the oil and fry until golden brown and cooked through, approximately 6-8 minutes
  15. Remove to a clean baking rack and repeat with the rest of the turkey pieces
  16. Season with salt and serve with hot sauce


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