Chicken, Turkey, Fowl and Egg: Chicken, Turkey, Fowl Dishes: Citrus Roasted Turkey

A fresh citrus flavor adding new appeal to the traditional roast turkey.

Author: National Turkey Federation
Date: May 06, 2010

Suggestions: * Please carefully check the ingredients of these products to ensure they contain no gluten, if a gluten-free recipe required.

Serves: 9 person(s)
Yield: 9 x about 4 oz servings

Preparation Time: 18 mins
Cooking Time: 4 hrs
Extra Time: 3 hrs to 8 hrs (for marinating and for resting)


    1/4 cup frozen lemon juice concentrate, thawed *
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
    1/3 cup orange juice
    1/4 cup honey
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 Tbsp grated orange peel
    2 tsp grated lemon peel
    1 tsp grated lime peel
    1 pinch of salt
    1 pinch of pepper
    3 Tbsp fresh chopped mint leaves
    1/4 tsp cumin
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1 pinch of thyme
    2.71 kg whole turkey, washed and drained *
    1 red onion, sliced


    Preheat oven to 325ºF.

    In a large bowl, combine all juices, honey, oil, mint, citrus peels, salt, pepper, herbs and spices. Mix well. Add turkey to the mixture, turning a few times to cover with marinade. Top the turkey with sliced onions. Cover bowl with foil. Marinate turkey in the refrigerator for 3 to 8 hours.

    When ready to roast, remove turkey from marinade and discard onions. Pour marinade into a saucepan and bring to a boil; boil for 5 minutes. Set aside.

    Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan (about 2-1/2 inches deep). Insert oven-safe meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, being careful the pointed end does not touch the bone.

    Roast turkey in a preheated oven about 2-3/4 to 3 hours. Baste turkey frequently with marinade as it cooks. If needed, loosely cover with light-weight foil to prevent excessive browning.

    Continue to roast until the thermometer registers 180ºF in the thigh, or 170ºF in the breast. Remove turkey from the oven and allow it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.


    Nutritional analysis is based on skinless turkey.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:220 cals
Kilojoules:921 kJ
Fat:6.1 g
Carbohydrates:6.2 g
Protein:33.6 g
Cholesterol:110.8 mg
Sodium:100 mg
Saturated Fat:1.4 g
Fiber:0.3 g
Calcium:28.0 mg
Total Sugars:4.9 g

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