Traditional Oven Roasted Turkey

November is here and I’m starting to think about Thanksgiving. It’s never to early to start planning for the main attraction which is why I thought I’d share my favorite traditional turkey recipe with you today. It’s simple, but comes out great every single time.

The secret to a moist and delicious turkey is the butter (see the recipe below) and basting it every 30 minutes. A turkey baster comes in very handy, but you can also use a large spoon or a soup ladle.

Oven-Roasted Turkey Recipe
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Traditional
Author: Hillbilly Housewife
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Serves: 12
  • 1 (12 lb.) whole turkey, thawed
  • 6 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 4 C warm water
  • 3 tbsp. chicken bouillon
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp. seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  1. Prepare the turkey by removing the giblets and rinsing the turkey in cold water.
  2. Use paper towels to dry the turkey well.
  3. Separate the skin from the turkey meat on the breasts by inserting your finger and carefully lifting the skin up to make a pocket.
  4. Place 3 tbsp of butter under the skin on each side.
  5. Place the oven temperature on 350 degrees and allow the oven to preheat.
  6. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan being sure the breast side is facing up.
  7. Pour the water into a large mixing bow.
  8. Sprinkle in the bouillon, onion powder and parsley being sure to mix well to combine.
  9. Pour the mixture over the top of the turkey.
  10. Sprinkle the turkey with the season salt and pepper.
  11. Cover the turkey tightly with aluminum foil.
  12. Bake 3 hours 30 minutes basting the turkey with the juices in the pan every 30 minutes.
  13. Remove the aluminum foil and continue roasting for 45 minutes.
  14. The turkey skin should be golden brown and the internal temperature of the breast meat should be 170 degrees when the turkey is done.
  15. Remove from the oven and allow the turkey to stand 30 minutes before carving.
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Don’t run around like a chicken (or should that be turkey?) with its head cut off on Thanksgiving morning. The Hillbilly Housewife’s Thanksgiving Planner will help you plan ahead and stay on top of things so you can actually enjoy Thanksgiving with your family & friends.

If you take a quick minute to read the first chapter you’ll realize how easy your Thanksgiving celebration will be. There are plenty of tips and ideas to make sure this year’s feast doesn’t stretch your budget to the breaking point, too.

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Fran Shaw - November 5, 2013

I must be missing something, but how do you baste the turkey every thirty minutes with it wrapped tightly?

Deborah - November 5, 2013

My husband has just been given limited salt intake orders (not for high blood pressure) so now I am scrambling to find low and no sodium meals. Do I have to use the salt in your recipe? I’m pretty sure I don’t have to, but I’m frazzled over this low sodium thing. You’d be surprised how many common foods have 1/4 his daily sodium intake in a single serving. Well, maybe not you, but I sure was. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Hillbilly Housewife - November 6, 2013

    my MIL is also having to cut out most sodium and it’s certainly a big adjustment. The nice thing about making things from scratch is that you control the ingredients. To make it lower sodium, skip the salt and use more herbs instead. Replace the chicken broth with a low sodium version. You can also use things like Ms. Dash to add flavor without the salt or use a salt substitute like this one from Morton.

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