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Classic Herb-Rubbed Turkey

Add some zest to your turkey breast!
Classic herb-rubbed turkey
Courtesy of Perdue

Don't overthink Thanksgiving dinner! This solid and tasty turkey recipe will please the entire family while keeping you a sane and happy host.

Recipe courtesy of Perdue.

Ready in
3 h 35 m
5 m
(prepare time)
3 h 30 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 1 Perdue Fresh Turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh sage leaves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper


Place rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 325° F.

Place turkey on rack set in large roasting pan.

Tuck wing tips under and tie legs together with kitchen string to hold shape.

Pour 1 cup water into bottom of roasting pan.

Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, herbs and pepper.

Rub half of mixture over turkey; cover with foil and roast 2 1/2 hours.

Remove foil and brush with remaining herb mixture.

Continue to roast, basting every 20 minutes with pan juices, for another 1/2 to 1 1/4 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 180° F.

Remove turkey from oven, cover loosely with foil and let stand at least 20 minutes before carving.