Cranberry-Orange Roasted Turkey Recipe
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Cranberry-Orange Roasted Turkey Recipe

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You'll have an elegant centerpiece to your meal with this tender, juicy turkey. “The cranberry makes it so good. It has such a wonderful aroma and flavor.” Kara de la Vega - Santa Rosa, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing
MAKES:28 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 3 hours + standing
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (14 pounds)
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 sprigs fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, parsley and sage
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges

Nutritional Facts

4 ounces cooked turkey with 2 tablespoons sauce equals 257 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 308 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 34 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 starch 1 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Combine garlic powder, salt and pepper. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from turkey breast; spread half of the seasoning mixture under the skin. Sprinkle skin with remaining mixture. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together.
  2. Juice the orange, reserving the rind. In a large bowl, mix cranberry sauce, teriyaki sauce, honey, marmalade, soy sauce and orange juice. Remove 3-1/2 cups mixture for sauce; refrigerate, covered, until serving.
  3. Rub remaining cranberry mixture under turkey skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks. Place herb sprigs and reserved orange rind in turkey cavity.
  4. Arrange onions in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Place turkey over onions. Roast 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)
  5. Remove turkey from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Discard herb sprigs and orange rind. Place reserved sauce in a small saucepan; heat through. Serve with turkey. Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 cups sauce).
Originally published as Cranberry-Orange Roasted Turkey in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p38

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"If you haven't made this turkey you are ruining Thanksgiving!!! This is the most moist turkey EVER!!! I love the sauce and have used it in other recipes!!! I have made this recipe for the past 3 years and my family BEGS for this Turkey and the recipe!!! Thank you so much for this recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014 Edited Nov. 25, 2015

"Made this turkey last year and it was the best flavor I have ever had on a turkey. Will definitely make it again this year!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"This was very good. The turkey was infused with great herb flavor. The sauce was different but tasty, I thought. The sauce would be really good with ham and pork as well. May make the sauce again by itself for other meats. Will be making the turkey again since it is so simple to prepare."

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"I used this reciepe for my thanksgiving turkey and was told by all that the turkey "was the best ever!!" The turkey was juicy with lots of great but sublte flavor. That being said however, the cranberry orange sauce with the teriaki and soy sauce was awful but that might just be a taste preferance. But I would make less sauce next time."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2008

"I made this turkey for thanksgiving and it turned out to be the best turkey I have ever Eaten! MMMMM it was very good melt in your mouth juicy!!! This is a keeper recipe for life!!!!!!"

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