Lunch / Dinner
Roasted Turkey with Chipotle Butter
If there’s one holiday that is a food holiday, it’s Thanksgiving. Everyone comes to the table excited for turkey and the bounty of side dishes. Give them what they want, but shake up tradition with a few novel takes on ho-hum turkey
On Turkey Day, the turkey is usually the showpiece, but it’s also the anchor of the Thanksgiving meal. Without it, it just isn’t Thanksgiving. For this bird, keep it moist and flavor-packed with chipotle butter under the skin.
Test Kitchen Tip
For even cooking, place turkey legs toward the back of the oven.
Rinse turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Separate skin from flesh on turkey breasts.
Purée 1 stick butter and chipotle in a food processor. Spread butter under turkey skin.
Season bird, inside and out, with salt and pepper. Stuff lemon and onion inside cavity.
Preheat oven to 325°. Place a rack inside a roasting pan.
Roast turkey on rack, covered with foil with legs to the back of the oven, 1½ hours. Remove foil, roast turkey 1 hour, and brush with barbecue sauce. Continue roasting and brushing turkey with sauce every 20 minutes until an instantread thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 165° and thigh registers 175°, 1–1¾ hours more. If skin gets too dark, cover turkey with foil.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 318mg 106%
Sodium 371mg 15%
Carbs 8g 2%
Fiber 0g 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.