Orange Apricot Turkey Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 260 MINUTES

1 ratings


  • 2 sticks butter, well chilled
  • 1 can apricot halves, reserve liquid
  • 1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 (12-14 lbs) turkey
  • 4 stems fresh rosemary, optional


Preheat oven to 400º

Place turkey in large roasting pan (no rack). Slice chilled butter into long slices. Slide one full stick of butter under the skin of each breast. Under the skin of one side place apricot halves. Take the frozen orange juice out of can and place in the cavity of the turkey along with the juice from apricot can and one cup of water. Cook at 400º for 20 minutes.

Reduce heat to 250º and roast until turkey is done. Baste frequently with the orange/apricot/butter drippings.

Notes From the Paula Deen Test Kitchen: Turkey will take longer than instructed on a typical turkey package since you are roasting at a lower heat for the final time. Typically, a 12-14 pound bird will take a total of 4 to 4½ hours to roast with this method. We used Apricot preserves mixed with a little of the pan juices for a final baste on our turkey. Flavor was delightful and a nice twist on the usual turkey preparation.

Orange Apricot Turkey


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1 Review

Dianna 11/29/2014
This was a very

This was a very good and different recipe for a Turkey....Very Moist and the citrus Flavors were a nice compliment to the overall taste....I made a simple syrup with the pan juices and made a glaze that I brushed on my Bird....Very tasty....

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