A Manageable Turducken

Turducken — the Frankenstein of poultry-themed dishes.  Traditionally made with a whole de-boned turkey, a whole de-boned chicken, and a whole de-boned duck, each nestled inside the other, it sort of like edible Russian nesting dolls.

Most recipes call for baking the monstrosity, some for deep-frying. But either way you do it, it’s a lot of work, and a lot of meat to buy/consume!

As I’ve always been curious about the dish, but balked at such a huge undertaking, when I saw that you could make a much more modest version in the form of a roulade, I knew I had to try it.

The term roulade comes from the French word rouler, meaning “to roll.” So essentially a roulade is a dish of rolled meat or pastry such as a savory beef roulade, or a sweet cappuccino roulade

For the turducken roulade, you take the breasts of each one of these birds — turkey, chicken, duck — and nest them inside each other.

To make it tastier and fancier we’re going to make a mushroom stuffing for the interior of the roulade. And, in order to add some visual appeal with color, we’ll add a couple of layers of spinach between the meats.

A turducken roulade.

Turducken Roulade

This is the manageable form of turducken.
4.13 from 8 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Thanksgiving
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 231 kcal


  • oven
  • stove top
  • shallow oven-proof pan or rimmed baking sheet
  • butcher's twine


  • 1 turkey breast
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 duck breast
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 8 oz. spinach leaves

Mushroom stuffing

  • 8 oz. crimini mushrooms minced
  • 1 large shallot minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 4 oz. cream cheese


Calories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 35gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 678mgPotassium: 745mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 2909IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 3mg
Keyword chicken, duck, roulade, Thanksgiving, turducken, turkey
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3 thoughts on “A Manageable Turducken”

  1. Christine Watanabe

    I was wondering the same thing! Watching the video is great, but when preparing the recipe, I can’t keep scrolling back to hear what the next step is.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve already made this once and it was fantastic. So good, in fact, that I’m going to make it again this year for Christmas. I usually roast a beef tenderloin but thought that I’d try something different this year. Thanks for the incredible recipe.

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