Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Roast Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Glaze

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 30 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 8
Bake the flavors of Thanksgiving right into the bird with this cranberry-orange glaze with garlic and chipotle.



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pat the turkey dry and tuck in the wings. Rub the turkey inside and out with 2 tablespoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stuff the cavity with 5 sprigs each of the rosemary and thyme. Tie the legs together and place the turkey breast-up in a roasting pan with a rack. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add 4 tablespoons of the butter. Stir in the onion, garlic and the remaining 3 sprigs each rosemary and thyme. Cook until the onions are softened, 6 minutes. Add the cranberries, sugar, vinegar, chipotles, orange zest and juice and 1 teaspoon salt. Simmer until the cranberries start to burst, 8 minutes. Strain. Reserve half for serving.
  4. Heat the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave in 30-second increments until melted. Brush the melted butter all over the turkey. Pour 1 cup of the broth into the roasting pan. Roast for 2 hours, basting with the drippings every 30 minutes after the first hour. Add more broth if the pan looks dry.
  5. After 2 hours of roasting, brush the turkey with the cranberry-orange glaze every 20 minutes until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165 degrees F, about 1 hour more, tenting with foil when the turkey reaches the desired darkness.
  6. Transfer the turkey to a carving board and let rest 30 minutes before carving. Serve with the reserved glaze.