Cooking the turkey is easily one of the most stressful parts of Thanksgiving, given the time and care it needs to create a perfectly juicy bird. However, there are plenty of options for pre-made ones if you're willing to go down the route, or just need something quick for a Friendsgiving celebration. If that's the case, there are several chains that prepare whole turkeys for you.
Most require advance orders, so you'll have to plan when exactly you want the turkey. However, each one presents a convenient option if that's what you're searching for above all else this Thanksgiving. Here's a look at the different major restaurant chains that serve up whole Thanksgiving turkeys.
Among those chains who sell the whole turkey, Popeyes is one of the most famous. Their Cajun turkeys are slow-roasted and flash-fried for a crispy skin, and marinated in Cajun spices. They weigh about 10-14 pounds and cost roughly $50 each, and can be picked up the week of Thanksgiving or even the day of. Keep in mind that they are frozen/semi-frozen and will require reheating before serving, but at least you don't have to worry about how to flavor your turkey.
Boston Market is offering up the whole turkey AND the whole feast for Thanksgiving. During the week of the turkey holiday, you can pick up whole chilled meals that feed 4-12 people. The 12-person version costs $119.99 and includes a whole turkey with all the trimmings, like mashed potatoes and gravy, spinach artichoke dip, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, dinner rolls, and apple and pumpkin pies.
Bojangles offers up whole Seasoned Fried Turkeys a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving starts, with options to pick up the week of or before if you're hosting a Friendsgiving party. Pricing on their turkeys starts at $39.99, and they serve up to eight people. They're pre-cooked, fried, and frozen, but come with easy reheating instructions.
You can pre-order entire Thanksgiving meals or whole turkeys now from Marie Callendar's to pick up sometime between November 20-22. A Whole Turkey Feast, which feeds 10-12, costs $129.99. You can add on an additional ham for the non-turkey fans to that meal for an extra $30.
KFC's turkey is a hidden legend of fast food in that it's pretty hard to track down. What we know is that there are several locations nationwide that may offer it, and it's seasoned like their regular chicken. You have to pre-order the turkey, so if you really want to track one down, the best way will be to call up your local KFC locations until you find one that has them available.
Several chains around the country offer up some of the Thanksgiving sides, desserts, or other turkey-centric creations. These include a lineup of deep-fried turkey sandwiches from Arby's and pies, sides, and turkey breasts from Cracker Barrel and Bob Evans. Thus, no matter what your last-minute or week-of Thanksgiving need may be, there's a chain or two in your area that can cover it pretty quickly.