Chinese Szechwan Honey-Roasted Turkey

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Total Time:
1 - 1.5 hours
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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  • 1 whole - turkey, any size
  • 1 cup - Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 3 cups - honey
  • 1/2 cup - butter
  • 2 tbsp - Chinese mustard
  • 1 tbsp - fresh Thai basil
  • 2 tbsp - peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp - minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup - soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Chinese Szechwan Honey-Roasted Turkey

  • Preheat oven to 450 F. with rack in lower third. Rinse the turkey inside and out, then pat dry thoroughly.
  • Heavily salt and pepper the turkey cavity.
  • In a small saucepan on low heat, add the remaining ingredients; cook until melted.
  • Place the turkey in a large roasting pan, and sprinkle the outside with salt and pepper.
  • Then tightly cover the turkey with foil.
  • Stick the turkey in the oven and immediately lower the heat to 350 F.
  • Roast the turkey for approximately 14 minutes per pound, basting the turkey with the pan drippings for the first half of the total roasting time.
  • When it is half-done, lift the foil from the turkey to pour the melted honey mixture over it, then cover again.
  • Continue basting every 10 minutes with the honey mixture and pan juices until the turkey is cooked.
  • Remove the turkey from oven and let it rest 20 minutes before serving.