Turkey with Chile-Citrus Butter

Turkey with Chile-Citrus Butter

Serves 12 with leftovers
Add a spark to your holiday turkey with this Southwestern variation that combines the smoky spice of chipotle and ancho chiles with fresh citrus. The tangy gravy lends zing to your turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes.
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle chiles en adobo)
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 (14-) turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 4 cups low-sodium turkey or chicken broth, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
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Remove zest from lemons and limes and place zest in a medium bowl. Juice citrus, and reserve juice and citrus shells separately. Add butter, adobo sauce, chile powder, oregano and salt to the bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until combined. Slowly pour in about half of the citrus juice and beat until smooth.  

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Carefully loosen skin over turkey breast and thighs; rub some of the butter mixture between meat and skin. Rub remaining butter mixture over skin and inside cavity. Place reserved citrus shells in cavity. Tuck wing tips under bird and tie legs together with kitchen string. Place breast-side up on a rack set in a large roasting pan and pour 3 cups of the broth and remaining citrus juice into the pan.  

Roast until skin begins to deeply brown, about 30 minutes, then loosely cover with  foil. Roast, basting turkey with pan juices about every 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh, without touching bone, registers 165°F, 2 1/2 to 3 hours more. Transfer turkey to a cutting board and let rest for at least 30 minutes before serving.  

To make the gravy, spoon off excess fat from pan juices, and place the pan on the stovetop over medium-low heat (over two burners if possible). Sprinkle in flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 cup broth and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Strain gravy if desired. Carve turkey and serve with gravy.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: , 570 calories (260 from fat), 29g total fat, 10g saturated fat, 210mg cholesterol, 880mg sodium, 4g carbohydrates, (1g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 68g protein.
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