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Cranberry-Orange Roasted Turkey

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
    14 servings (3-1/2 cups sauce)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked turkey with 2 tablespoons sauce : 257 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 308mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • darlyn29
    Dec 27, 2019

    This will be my go-to Thanksgiving turkey recipe from now on! I made it according to the directions without substitutions and it turned out perfectly moist and delicious. The teriyaki sauce made for a unique salty flavor that made it taste like I had brined for hours.

  • Kathy
    Nov 23, 2017

    Wasn't able to find gluten-free teriyaki sauce (hubby with celiac) so substituted iron chef orange sauce with ginger. Little salty so skipped salt under the skin. Added about half cup brown sugar. Simmered the remaining sauce with one extra juiced orange, just to thicken it a bit. Absolutely yummy! Thank you!!!!

  • retling98
    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.

  • lgs2630
    Nov 16, 2014

    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!

  • ConnieK
    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.

  • fmfelske
    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.

  • yotser
    Dec 16, 2008

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  • simplestar
    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!!!!!!