Jive Turkey
Chicago, IL
Deliciously Flavorful Deep-Fried Turkeys

"Chicken may rule the roost when it comes to takeout, but Jive Turkey makes a strong case for gobbling something different."


New York Magazine

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Established in Brooklyn, New York, and relocated to Chicago, Illinois, in 2012, this specialty purveyor focuses squarely on the ultimate holiday and everyday indulgence—deep fried turkey. But we’re not talking just one flavor of fried bird (though anything sizzled to juicy perfection in hot oil is a great start). This shop offers a variety of southern-style renditions to make your next event especially tasty.

About The Food

Despite the humorous name, Jive Turkey is quite serious about its deep-fried birds—and allowing home cooks the spectacular flavor and texture of deep-fried turkey without the hazards that come with preparing it. Available in a variety of flavors, the 10- to 12-pound all-natural whole turkeys are brined and seasoned before being deep-fried to perfection in peanut oil (with a final weigh-in at eight to 10 pounds). Regardless, count on outrageously moist and juicy meat protected by enviably crispy skin. Bonus: Jive Turkey also offers luscious, hickory-smoked, spiral-sliced honey-glazed hams.

Meet The Owner

Ex-fashion and luxury publicist Aricka Westbrooks founded Jive Turkey in 2003 after realizing she could help prevent injuries and fires related to amateur attempts to deep-fry turkey. After garnering a business grant from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Chicago, Illinois, native launched her company out of her Brooklyn backyard and went from one fryer to six within the first year. She received rave reviews from New York Times and was featured on Food Network and Travel Channel, before bringing her business back Chicago where she continues to prepare and send thousands of birds year-round.


"Chicken may rule the roost when it comes to takeout, but Jive Turkey makes a strong case for gobbling something different."


New York Magazine

"The best and most unique foods that can be shipped straight to you."


Road Tasted With The Neelys, Food Network

"One of the only places north of the Mason-Dixon Line where you can get a whole turkey deep-fried."


Deep Fried Paradise, Travel Channel

Shipping Days

At FoodyDirect we are doing everything we can to drive down shipping costs for our customers, including offering Low Flat-Rate Shipping.

$ 9.95 Flat-Rate Shipping - If your shipping address is reachable from Jive Turkey overnight via UPS Ground service, you will be presented with the incredibly low shipping rate of $ 9.95 upon checkout.
$ 29.95 Flat-Rate Shipping - If your shipping address is beyond next-day ground reach, you will be presented with a flat rate of just $ 29.95 for UPS Next Day Air Saver upon checkout.

*Please note that the flat rates above will be applied per shipping box (per turkey). You will be presented with the actual shipping rate before finalizing your purchase.

Service to Alaska is available from Jive Turkey. Service to Hawaii and outside the U.S. currently not available.

Orders are shipped Monday through Thursday, except holidays. Orders can ship today through Christmas. The last day to order for Jive for the Christmas holiday will be by Wednesday 12/20 for arrival on the 21st or the 22nd.

Weather and unforeseen circumstances can delay your shipment. We strongly recommend that you schedule your order to arrive at least 1 business day before your desired usage date to allow for any delays.

Shipping Options

The following shipping options are available depending upon the delivery date selected:

Ground Shipping (Overnight) - If a customer’s shipping address is reachable overnight via UPS Ground service, they will be presented with a $9.95 Flat-Rate Shipping upon checkout. Orders will be delivered via UPS Ground service on the selected arrival date, between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM to residences, and between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM to businesses.

UPS Next Day Air Saver - If the shipping address is not reachable overnight via UPS Ground service, the customer will be presented with $29.95 Flat-Rate Shipping upon checkout. The order will be shipped via UPS Next Day Air Saver and will be delivered by the end of the next day following shipment. Delivery time can vary based on area, but can be as late as 8:00 p.m. to residences and 5:00 p.m. to businesses.

UPS Next Day Air - Your package will be delivered the following morning after it ships, in most cases by noon. The flat-rate for UPS Next Day service is $34.95.

For complete shipping details we encourage you to visit our General Shipping and Packaging Information page.

Delivery & Care

All turkeys from Jive Turkey are shipped in extra thick recyclable foam containers with sufficient insulation to assure it arrives in excellent condition.

All orders are shipped signature release. This means UPS will leave the package at the doorstep, front desk or gate associated with the shipping address without requiring a signature upon delivery. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that the contents of the package are stored in a freezer or refrigerator promptly after delivery. FoodyDirect cannot be responsible for orders with incomplete or invalid addresses, or that are sent to recipients who are not available to store the contents of the order on the day of arrival. UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. box.

Upon Delivery Jive Turkeys arrive in an oven-safe bag that allows the turkey to remain juicy and moist when reheated. Turkeys have been partially cooked and frozen before shipping. Upon delivery, turkeys will be partially thawed and should be removed from the shipping box (but kept in the oven-safe bag), and immediately placed into your refrigerator or freezer.

How should I store my turkey?

<u>Refrigerator</u>- If you will be enjoying your turkey within 2 to 3 days of delivery, store the turkey in your refrigerator.

<u>Freezer</u>- If you’re not planning to enjoy your turkey until more than 3 days after delivery, immediately store the turkey in your freezer. Then, 2 days before your dinner, defrost the turkey by moving it from the freezer to the refrigerator.


<u>Step 1)</u> - 1 to 2 hours before heating, remove your turkey from the refrigerator. Make sure the turkey’s oven-safe bag is tightly closed. Place the turkey on a cookie sheet or in a shallow baking pan.
<u>Step 2)</u> - Adjust the racks in your oven to allow enough room for the oven bag to expand during reheating without touching oven walls or racks. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
<u>Step 3)</u> - Once your oven is heated, place the turkey in the oven. Heat your turkey for approximately 30 to 60 minutes, depending on whether you prefer your turkey warm or piping hot. Be careful not to overcook the turkey. Test for doneness with a probe thermometer. All Jive Turkeys arrive partially cooked, it is important to check the turkey for an internal temperature of at least 160°F before eating your turkey. For a warm turkey, the internal temperature should be 160°F. For a hotter turkey, the thermometer should read 170°-180°F.
<u>Step 4)</u> - Remove your turkey from the oven when ready. Leave at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then carefully cut the bag open and remove the turkey. Place your turkey on a cutting board and let sit another 10 minutes before carving. Enjoy!