Herb Rubbed Turkey

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Our Herb Rubbed Turkey will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving family dinner!

Turkey takes center stage at every Thanksgiving family dinner. As you probably know, the perfect turkey has crispy skin along with flavorful, juicy meat. While there are many ways to experiment with this dish, our Herb Rubbed Turkey takes a classic approach. To do this, we first coat it with an herb rub, stuff it with aromatic vegetables and herbs, and roast it to perfection. It takes several steps to accomplish, so make sure you read the instructions closely and give yourself plenty of prep time.

Our Herb Rubbed Turkey will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving family dinner! Try it out this holiday season alongside your other traditional favorites.

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Herb Rubbed Turkey

Let your turkey take center stage without worrying about impressing your guests because this recipe has you covered.
Yield 10 people
Serving Size 6 ounces
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 10 pounds whole turkey (or larger) free-range, thawed

For the Rub

  • 2 tablespoons sage fresh, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thyme fresh, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oregano fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon basil fresh, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons parsley fresh, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For Roasting

  • 5 sage sprigs fresh
  • 8 thyme sprigs fresh
  • 5 rosemary sprigs fresh
  • 4 oregano sprigs fresh
  • 2 basil sprigs fresh
  • 1 bunch parsley large, fresh
  • 1 yellow onion large, cut into quarters
  • 4 celery stalks cut into large chunks
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 10 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 green apples cut into quarters, seeds and core removed
  • 1 quart water (8 cups)
  • 2 cups apple juice no sugar added


  • Line a roasting pan with foil and place roasting rack on top and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
  • Rinse turkey with cool water and pat dry with a paper towel. Place on the roast rack.

For the Rub

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl to create a paste. Apply liberally to the entire turkey, both on top and under the skin. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight.

For Roasting

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly toss together all remaining ingredients with exception of water and apple juice. Remove turkey from refrigerator, stuff the turkey with most of the herb and vegetable mix, and arrange the rest of the mix in the roasting pan next to the turkey.
  • Combine water and apple juice. Pour in enough of the liquid just until it reaches the bottom of the turkey. Reserve remaining liquid.
  • Cover the turkey with foil lightly sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for approximately 3 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Remove foil for the last 15 minutes of roasting. Check turkey occasionally and add water and apple juice mixture as needed. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.


TIPS: For larger turkeys, add 1 teaspoon of rub ingredients for every 2 pounds of turkey. Add 20 minutes of cook time per pound. When checking the temperature, use a meat thermometer. It is common for turkeys with a "pop up" self thermometer to overcook.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 6ounces | Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 488mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
Keywords Gluten-Free, Holiday, Low-Carb, Thanksgiving

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