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Holiday Turkey With Honey Orange Glaze Recipe
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Holiday Turkey With Honey Orange Glaze

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"The best recipe by far we have ever made for Thanksgiving. The glaze makes the turkey sweet and succulent!"

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Original recipe makes 20 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    6 hrs 15 mins

    6 hrs 45 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Combine sage, salt, and thyme in a small bowl. Rub half of the sage mixture all over the turkey, then place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Set remaining sage mixture aside. Bring butter, orange juice, orange marmalade, honey, and orange sections to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until thickened, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the remaining sage mixture. Brush the turkey with the glaze.
  3. Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 5 hours and 30 minutes, basting every 30 minutes. Cover turkey lightly with foil and continue baking until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 30 minutes to 1 hour, occasionally brushing with the glaze. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 28, 2009

i have done this with chicken and now turkey...the orange glaze is delicious for basting. i use brine turkey as i like my brine chicken as well...its always juicy when i brine. make sure you taste the brine water to your satisfaction.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 24, 2011

Just made this for Christmas dinner. After spending all day basting the turkey every 30 minutes, I was very disappointed. Had to put foil over turkey 3 hours into cooking as it was browning very rapidly. Turkey was dry and did not retain any of the flavor of the glaze.


13 Ratings

Feb 22, 2011

I made this for Thanksgiving and my adult sons who always insist that we also have ham cause they don't like turkey loved it.

Dec 29, 2010

I used this recipe for our Christmas Turkey yesterday. It did not disappoint! Wonderful flavors, sealed in moisture, beautiful color bird! It was a great hit. The recipe's a keeper! Thank you.

Oct 13, 2014

I used a 4-lb turkey half breast from Trader Joe's to make this glaze, cutting the recipe into 1/4 of the ingredients to do so. I only used a spoon to glaze the turkey every once in a while, and it took about 1 1/2 hour to cook. I thought it could have used pepper or even a little ginger or cayenne to "up" the seasoning a little. But it did make a great easy dinner, and I'd make it again. Thanks, keeky27!

Jan 19, 2012

I use this glaze for any bird that goes in the oven! LOve it! If I don't have marmalade I substitute orange soda or bar b que sauce.

Dec 26, 2011

This recipe is fantastic. Quadrupled the recipe for a 25 lb turkey. I also added an 1/8 tsp of grated ginger to the sauce. When the turkey was finished I added 2 tsp of diluted corn starch to the left over sauce and served it. What a huge hit as a Christmas turkey. I highly recommend this recipe!

Feb 26, 2014

Very taste and we will make it again next year.


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  • Calories
  • 582 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.5 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 221 mg
  • 74%
  • Fat
  • 27.8 g
  • 43%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 73.6 g
  • 147%
  • Sodium
  • 430 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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