Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins

A sweet and spicy surprise for the holidays, this Blackened Honey Chipotle Turkey is so easy to make.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: cajun, thanksgiving
Keyword: roast turkey
Servings: 12
Calories: 6191 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1 10-12 pound turkey giblets removed
  • 1 bulb of garlic cut in half
  • 1 small onion quartered
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chiles
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter at room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Pat the turkey dry with a paper towel inside and out. Season the inside of the turkey liberally with salt and pepper. Tuck the wings under the turkey and place the turkey on a roasting rack set in a large roasting pan breast side up. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the garlic, onion and lemon.
  3. Carefully, loosen the skin from the meat by sliding your hand under the skin. Set aside.
  4. With clean hands, combine the honey, honey mustard, vinegar, adobo, lime zest and juice, chili
  5. powder, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder and butter in a bowl. Mix thoroughly to form a loose paste.
  6. Rub 2/3 of the paste under the turkey skin around the breast and leg meat. Rub the remaining paste on the outside of the turkey.
  7. Truss the turkey using kitchen twine and roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Turn the heat to 350 degrees and tent the turkey with foil. Continue roasting for another 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until the turkey reaches 160 degrees. (If you cook the turkey to 185 degrees it will be too dry....the turkey will continue to cook when you remove it from the oven.) Remove the turkey from the oven and allow to rest for 30-60 minutes.
  8. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and carve for serving.
Nutrition Facts
Blackened Honey Chipotle Roast Turkey
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 6191 Calories from Fat 2538
% Daily Value*
Fat 282g434%
Saturated Fat 91g569%
Cholesterol 2709mg903%
Sodium 15243mg663%
Potassium 8671mg248%
Carbohydrates 121g40%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 90g100%
Protein 773g1546%
Vitamin A 6225IU125%
Vitamin C 69.5mg84%
Calcium 581mg58%
Iron 37mg206%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.