Turkey Doesn’t Have to Suck

If it's true that turkey is less popular than chicken, it might be because turkey is harder to get right—that was the consensus recently on Chowhound. "I think any idiot with a little direction can cook an edible chicken," Will Owen says, but turkeys are tricky. Chicken, especially the dark meat, is moister than turkey, T Long says. And since turkeys are much bigger than chickens, they spend a lot more time in the oven.

To make things easier, bagelman01 recommends cooking a turkey in pieces, as long as you're not counting on a holiday showpiece. Delucacheesemonger likes to make braised turkey thighs rather than a whole roasted bird. If you do plan on serving a whole turkey, Full tummy recommends brining it first—either that, or get out the deep-fryer.

Discuss: Chicken vs Turkey

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