Citrus and Herb-Roasted Turkey

Citrus and Herb-Roasted Turkey

This herb-roasted turkey is basted in a delicious citrus, garlic, and herb marinade that makes it extra juicy and elevates the flavor of your holiday bird!

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Citrus and Herb-Roasted Turkey

This roast turkey is based in a citrus marinade that makes it extra juicy and brings out its flavor.
Keyword Thanksgiving, turkey
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Servings 12 servings (4 oz. each)
Calories 245 kcal
Author BODi


  • 1 12 lb fresh turkey (neck, heart, and gizzard removed)
  • 5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon peel, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. orange peel, finely chopped
  • ½ cup low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • tsp. ground cumin (optional)
  • tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
  • tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450° F. Position rack in the lower third of the oven.
  2. Place oil, lemon peel, orange peel, broth, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, cumin, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
  3. Place turkey breast-side up on rack in roasting pan. Rub turkey with half of prepared dressing, including under the skin and inside the cavity. Reserve remaining dressing for basting.
  4. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until skin is golden brown. Remove turkey from oven and cover breast with aluminum foil.
  5. Return turkey to oven. Reduce heat to 350° F. Bake, brushing turkey with remaining dressing every hour, for an additional 2 to 2½ hours or until thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 165° F. 6. Transfer turkey to a large serving platter and cover with foil. Let turkey stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Citrus and Herb-Roasted Turkey
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 245 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 390mg17%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 37g74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Container Equivalents
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