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Bacon-Wrapped Turkey with Chipotle and Orange

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Want to knock their socks off this Thanksgiving? Learn how to make this bacon-wrapped turkey with a zesty chipotle-orange rub.

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  • Heat oven to 325°F.
  • Blend first 4 ingredients in blender until smooth.
  • Remove and discard neck and giblets from turkey cavities. Free legs from tucked position. (Do not cut band of skin.) Place oranges and bay leaves in chest cavity. Use rubber spatula or your fingers to loosen skin over breast, starting at body cavity opening by legs. Rub half the chipotle mixture onto meat under skin on breast, legs and thighs. If necessary, use wooden toothpicks to secure skin at opening. Return legs to tucked position and tie securely with string; turn wings back to hold neck skin in place. Rub remaining chipotle mixture evenly onto turkey skin.
  • Place turkey, breast side up, on flat rack in roasting pan. Top with bacon. (See tip.) Tent turkey with foil.
  • Bake 4 hours or until turkey is done (165ºF), uncovering after 3 hours. Remove turkey from pan; tent with foil. Let stand 15 min. before carving. Meanwhile, pour pan drippings into medium saucepan. Discard excess fat. Mix cornstarch and water until blended; gradually stir into drippings. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  • Carve turkey. Serve with gravy.

How to Make a Lattice Design (Weave Bacon)

Place 5 bacon slices in single layer on sheet of parchment or waxed paper. Weave 5 of the remaining bacon slices through bacon slices on parchment to resemble lattice pattern. Hold 2 opposite corners of parchment, then quickly invert parchment onto turkey; remove parchment. Arrange remaining bacon slices over turkey's legs, thighs and wings.

Food Facts

A 12- to 14- lb. frozen turkey needs 3 to 3-1/2 days of thawing time in the refrigerator. The cooking time will range between 3 to 3-3/4 hours until the turkey is done (165ºF).


  • 24 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 24 servings
Calories 270
Total fat 12g
Saturated fat 3.5g
Cholesterol 135mg
Sodium 450mg
Carbohydrate 3g
Dietary fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Protein 35g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 2 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 0 %DV
Iron 8 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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