Turducken Recipe

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Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
  • Total: 5 hrs
  • Prep: 60 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 12-14 slices (12-14 servings)

You've probably heard the term turducken but not everyone is familiar with the tradition of cooking a chicken stuffed inside a duck which is then stuffed inside a turkey. The term turducken comes from the combination of tur(key), duck, and (chick)en. It's fast becoming a popular recipe for Thanksgiving.

Each slice contains portions of chicken, duck, and turkey with stuffing in between the layers. Plan on adequate preparation time. Turducken is not difficult to make, but it is a little time-consuming. The end result is a worthy showstopper.


  • 2 and 3/4 cups prepared savory bread stuffing (room temperature, divided)
  • 2 cups prepared cornbread stuffing (room temperature, divided)
  • 1/4 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 (10 to 12-pound) turkey (deboned)
  • 1 (4 to 5-pound) duck (deboned)
  • 1 (3 to 4-pound) chicken (deboned)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic (quartered)
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon browning sauce (such as Gravy Master® or Kitchen Bouquet®)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Make sure the turkey, duck, and chicken are already deboned (save the bones for stock) before you begin to assemble the turducken. Keep all of the poultry refrigerated until you are ready to use it. Do not assemble turducken until you are ready to bake it in order to avoid foodborne illness from contaminated stuffing.

  3. Measure out 2 1/4 cups of bread stuffing and set aside.

  4. Place remaining 1/2 cup of bread stuffing in another bowl and add 1/2 cup of the cornbread stuffing along with the whole berry cranberry sauce and pecans. Toss gently to combine.

  5. Place remaining 1 1/2 cups cornbread stuffing aside. You should have 3 separate stuffings.

  6. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine butter, garlic, sage, and thyme until herbs are finely chopped.

  7. Run your hand under the turkey skin to separate and make a pocket, but do not separate skin completely from the meat. Distribute the butter herb mixture evenly under the skin.

  8. Rub the skin with the browning sauce, then the olive oil. Sprinkle generously with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

  9. Flip the turkey over so it is open and skin-side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  10. Preheat oven to 300 F.

  11. Spread bread stuffing evenly over turkey cavity. Place duck on top of bread stuffing, skin-side down.

  12. Spread cranberry nut stuffing on top of open duck cavity. Top with chicken, skin-side down.

  13. Spread cornbread stuffing on top of the open chicken cavity. Skewer the back of the chicken closed.

  14. Bring up the sides of the duck to cover the chicken. Skewer the back of the duck closed. Repeat process with the turkey.

  15. Carefully turn the turducken over, so it is seam-side down and breast-side up. Remove all skewers except the last one holding the turkey together.

  16. Place turducken in a heavy roaster. Roast 3 to 4 hours, until meat thermometer inserted in the very center of the chicken stuffing, reaches 165 F.

  17. Baste once per hour with pan juices. If turducken begins to get too brown, tent loosely with heavy-duty aluminum foil that has been coated with vegetable spray.

  18. Let turducken rest 30 minutes before carving.

  19. Slice turducken across the breast to show off each layer.

  20. Serve and enjoy!