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Sweet and Spicy Roast Turkey

A brown sugar chili powder butter infuses our turkey under the skin as it roasts. Sweet and spicy notes flavor the turkey and butter helps give it a crispy flavorful skin.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roast turkey, spicy turkey
Servings: 8
Calories: 550kcal
Author: Gwynn Galvin

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange metal rack in roasting pan.
  • In bowl combine brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, kosher salt and butter until blended.
  • Spread butter mixture under and over the turkey skin. This step can be done ahead. Then refrigerate turkey until ready to roast.
  • Roast turkey until juices run clear and meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 180F and inserted in breast reads 170F, basting occasionally with pan drippings.
  • Allow 15-20 minutes of roasting time per pound. Let turkey rest 15 minutes before carving.

Notes

A 12 lb. turkey will serve about 8 adults.
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
  • Use a meat thermometer to check when your turkey is done
  • Always let your turkey rest after roasting and before carving
  • Be sure your turkey is completely thawed before roasting
  • Cook your turkey 15-20  minutes per pound when roasting
  • Roast turkey until juices run clear and meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 180F and inserted in breast reads 170F
  • Baste your turkey occasionally with pan drippings as it's roasting
Substitutions
  • Light brown sugar will work well in place of the darl brown sugar
  • Substitute ancho chili pepper for the chili powder for a smoky flavor

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 70g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 254mg | Sodium: 948mg | Potassium: 782mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1036IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg