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My Friend is Serving "Turducken" for Thanksgiving. What is Turducken?

Turducken is a deboned stuffed chicken inside a deboned stuffed duck inside a deboned stuffed turkey. Typical stuffings are oyster dressing, sausage stuffing, or cornbread dressing. The basic concept is a multi-layered poultry dish that blends together complementary flavors.

It's possible to create your own turducken but most people order one already assembled and ready to cook. Each year thousands are commercially produced, mostly in Louisiana, and shipped for the holidays or other special occasions.

The reported calorie and fat content of turducken varies widely, due in part to differences in serving size as well as the type of stuffing. A commercial producer lists 250 calories and 14 grams of fat per 5.5 ounce serving for their turducken with cornbread and rice stuffings. This is a reasonable portion size since turducken is poultry plus stuffing.

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