A sweet and spicy surprise for the holidays, this Blackened Honey Chipotle Turkey is so easy to make.
Cuisine: cajun, thanksgiving
Keyword: roast turkey
1 10-12poundturkeygiblets removed
1bulb of garliccut in half
1lemoncut in half
3tablespoonsadobo saucefrom a can of chipotle chiles
zest and juice of one lime
1 1/2teaspoonground cumin
1/2teaspooneach kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
5tablespoonssalted butter at room temperature
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
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.
Carefully, loosen the skin from the meat by sliding your hand under the skin. Set aside.
With clean hands, combine the honey, honey mustard, vinegar, adobo, lime zest and juice, chili
powder, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder and butter in a bowl. Mix thoroughly to form a loose paste.
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.
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.
Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and carve for serving.