tur·​duck·​en | \ tər-ˈdə-kən How to pronounce turducken (audio) \

Definition of turducken

: a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey

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You can probably guess the origins of turducken just by looking at the word; it is a portmanteau (a word whose form is derived from a blending of two or more distinct other words) created by combining the words turkey, duck, and chicken, and the dish does indeed incorporate all three varieties of fowl. Turducken was first noted in print in 1982, although it may have been in use before that. The dish is a cousin of ballotine, a less familiar food item consisting of deboned meat, poultry, or fish stuffed with seasoned meats or vegetables, rolled and tied into a bundle shape, and usually braised. (The word ballotine derives from the French word for "bundle.")

Examples of turducken in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mistich knew, Madden was boasting about his turducken on air, exposing 10 million people across the country to the concept of the Frankenstein-like creation. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, 29 Dec. 2021 And just like last fall, each kid will bring enough to stuff an entire car like a turducken. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, 22 Aug. 2021 The mad geniuses in Louisiana who created the turducken back in the early ’80s have a few more aces up their sleeve. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 19 July 2021 The Houston Food Bank has worked tirelessly to provide food and services as Houstonians continue to deal with a turducken of disasters within disasters. Dan Carson, Chron, 26 Feb. 2021 Try a labor-intensive recipe, such as croissants, macarons, or the infamous turducken — something that could occupy your mind for several hours or days. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 2 Nov. 2020 The information is so sensitive that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee keep the documents in a lockbox in a vault in C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va. — prompting some intelligence officials to call the lockbox a turducken. Adam Goldman, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2020 Think of it like a turducken, a cronut, or one of those Taco Bell tacos that has Doritos on it — except on the skin. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 31 Mar. 2020 Go to a Cajun restaurant in New Orleans, and you might be offered a slice of turducken: a fancy dish of chicken stuffed inside of a duck stuffed into a turkey. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, 18 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of turducken

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turducken

turkey + duck entry 1 + (chick)en entry 1

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“Turducken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turducken. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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