Crispy Roast Turkey Recipe

| April 11, 2017 | 105 Comments

Crispy Roast Turkey Recipe

The temperature is rising. The flowers are budding. The snow is all but gone on the ground. These are three great signs that spring has arrived! With the change in season come a switch in the types we want to serve. Warm and comfort foods are going to make way for lighter, fresher options. Are you looking for some new options to add to your spring meals? Why not add turkey into the mix? Not sure how? Canadian Turkey has plenty of options to add some new flavours to your meals including this Crispy Roast Turkey Recipe!


Crispy Roast Turkey Recipe

Photo courtesy of Canadian; Crispy Roast Turkey on a platter with vegetables on an Easter-themed table

Most people think that turkey is only to be enjoyed during the cooler months of the year. Did you know that there are different ways to serve this versatile bird to create light and fresh dishes? Turkey is considered to be a protein that is packed with power. It contains about 30 grams of protein per every 100-gram serving. It is also lean and full of nutrients, so it is also a healthier option to choose!


Having the gang over for Easter?

Thinking about what to serve for Easter dinner? Turkey would be a great option to make. Planning to have a large group over to celebrate the holiday? Cooking a whole turkey would be a great way to serve a gaggle of people without much effort. All that has to be is to prep your bird, season it, then let your oven work it’s magic to complete the job. Enjoying leftover turkey for the next few days is always idea! It freezes easily and can be used in a variety of your favourite recipes. It is a fabulous choice to add to your make-ahead meals to make weekday meal planning for your family a breeze.

If you do decide to make a whole turkey for your Eater celebrations, Canadian Turkey has an eye-catching Crispy Roast Turkey recipe for you to try!

Crispy Roast Turkey recipe


Crispy Roast Turkey Recipe

Photo courtesy of Canadian; Crispy Roast Turkey on a platter with vegetables on an Easter-themed table.


Extra Crispy Roast Turkey
Serves 8
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Prep Time
24 hr
Prep Time
24 hr
  1. 12 – 14 lbs. turkey
  2. Salt and pepper to taste
  3. 1 tbsp olive oil
  4. 1 ½ tsp dry ground sage
  5. 1 ½ tsp dry ground thyme
  6. 2 tbsp butter, softened to room temperature
  7. 1/3 cup roughly chopped carrots
  8. 1/3 cup roughly chopped celery
  9. 1/3 cup roughly chopped onions
  10. 1 cup turkey broth
  1. Defrost the turkey according to package instructions or visit for proper thawing instructions and tips.
  2. Make sure the giblets have been removed.
  3. At least 12, and up to 24 hours before cooking, air-chill your turkey in the refrigerator. Air chilling will dry out the skin of the bird, making the skin extra crispy when cooked. To air chill your turkey, place the bird on a baking sheet or baking pan large enough to hold the bird. Make sure the pan is deep enough to catch any drips or liquid. Place the turkey on a baking rack in the pan, so that air can circulate completely around the bird.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (175ºC).
  5. Once the turkey is ready to roast, spread the butter evenly over the breast.
  6. Season the bird, inside and out, with the salt, pepper, olive oil and the herbs.
  7. Stuff the cavity with the celery, carrots and onions.
  8. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Roast for 3 ½ - 4 ½ hours or until the juices run clear and an instant thermometer reads 170°F (77°C) in the breast and 180°F (82°C) in the thigh when inserted into the thickest part of the meat. For more information on cooking times, visit
  9. Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  10. Discard vegetables from the cavity and carve the turkey.
  1. Cooking times are for planning purposes only – always use a digital meat thermometer to determine doneness.
  2. TIP: To create an extra juicy turkey breast, take an additional 2 tbsp of softened butter and spread generously under the skin and all over the breast before cooking.
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What about a meal for a smaller or more intimate group?

Not having a Want to cut your cooking time in half? You are able to buy an array of turkey parts such as thighs, breast, and drumsticks that take less time to prepare than a whole bird. This idea will also dazzle your family and friends you will be able to beautifully present the cuts of turkey you want without having to carve it. This option also works if you are planning a smaller, more intimate affair. You can buy just enough for your small group so nothing goes to waste.

Turkey is great for holidays, but what about an everyday meal?

Ok, Easter is over. How can turkey be used to lighten up everyday meals? Canadian Turkey has so many options to make a ho-hum meal into a fresh and delicious one.  There are recipes for soups, salads and main entrees that are sure to please those tucking into your table!


Extra Crispy Roast Turkey Recipe

Roast Turkey

Excited to see other terrific turkey dishes you can prepare using Canadian Turkey? Take a look the Canadian Turkey website, or connect with them on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest pages!

Disclosure: I was generously compensated to share these fabulous ideas in this post by Canadian Turkey.







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  1. Sherry K says:

    Curried Vegetable Turkey soup is a great meal with a salad for springtime.

  2. Kim K says:

    I would lighten my spring meals by adding more cuts of turkey to meals like salads, soups and main courses.

  3. kristen visser says:

    I would make some delicious smoke turkey wraps! those look delicious <3

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    I think I will lighten my spring meals by using ground turkey breast to make burgers. The Apple-Cheddar Turkey Burgers sound yummy.

  5. Carol M says:

    I would use turkey instead of beef for spaghetti and meatballs.

  6. Jonnie says:

    I would use ground turkey instead of ground beef to grill up some delicious spring burgers.

  7. Gary Smith says:

    Just a regular roast turkey dinner with leftovers for turkey sandwiches

  8. Sab Edwards says:

    EVEN though the power went out on us on Friday, I still managed to make my turkey !!
    so versitile and so good

  9. nicolthepickle says:

    I would use Turkey in soup instead of beef.

  10. Travelbuds says:

    I love a roast turkey as there are so many wonderful things you can do with the left overs.

  11. jan says:

    I would love to try a meatloaf with turkey

  12. Erin W says:

    I’m going to use ground turkey in my pasta sauces this summer! An easy way to lighten up our dinners!

  13. Wendy Jensen says:

    I would use turkey to lighten my spring meals by making the SMOKY CITRUS TURKEY TACO SALAD.

  14. Florence Cochrane says:

    I would lighten up my spring salads with turkey. I will be trying the RUSTIC COLOMBIAN TURKEY SOUP.

  15. Elaine G says:

    I would use turkey in salads,wraps and soups to lighten spring meals.

  16. Jenness M says:

    I would use turkey breast in my salads instead of having steak or pork with it.

  17. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love turkey and could use it to lighten any meal, in sandwiches, in a stir fry, as pulled turkey, turkey soup etc etc. I especially like the idea of their PEACH GLAZED ROASTED TURKEY BREAST and the SLOW COOKER TURKEY BREAST ideal for those who are out working all day.

  18. Tara Betterley says:

    I would like to make the ONE POT FRENCH FARMHOUSE TURKEY BRAISE. I think this would be awesome in the crock pot..

  19. Krista M says:

    I would use turkey to lighten up spring meals by using it in a salad! The Turkey Club and Turkey Cobb salads look perfect for spring!

  20. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I would add Turkey to my spring quiche with some lovely seasonal asparagus.

  21. Michelle james says:

    I would use Turkey to lighten my mesls by dicing it and adding it to my salads.

  22. Tina L. says:

    I would use turkey in a salad like the Turkey Apple & Kale Grain Salad

  23. Doris says:

    I like my clubhouse sandwich or turkey pitas

  24. Pam says:

    I had never thought about using turkey in salad but the website has some great salad ideas.

  25. Darwin says:

    I would use turkey in a salad to lighten my meal!

  26. Glogirl says:

    I would use turkey to make the TURKEY APPLE & KALE GRAIN SALAD.

  27. KD says:

    The CALI FRESH TURKEY BOWL looks like a good way to lighten spring meals — especially once the spinach and kale are ready to pick from the garden!

  28. Leah says:


  29. Dianne G. says:

    I would lighten our meals with Smoky Citrus Turkey Taco Salad.

  30. Amy C says:

    The Rustic Colombian Turkey Soup recipe would lighten my meals

  31. Karla Sceviour says:

    Id make some turkey burgers on the bbq-for those spring /summer days when I don`t want a big meal.

  32. Jana Liu says:

    I would use it in place of chicken or beef in a lot of dishes, like taco nights

  33. Suzie B (Soozle) says:

    I would like to make the Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs as a lighter option

  34. Francine says:

    I’d add roasted turkey to my salads

  35. janine a says:

    i would try the oven baked turkey eggplant parm, looks great!

  36. lori butler says:

    I seriously love the taste of turkey and we cook it all through the year, enjoy doing it in a turkey fryer during summer.
    and I love shopping at HBC 🙂

  37. SarahJ says:

    I want to lighten my meals by using ground turkey. It’s lean and healthy. I would like to try making the Southern Italian Turkey Pasta Puttanesca.

  38. Darren Scrubb says:

    I would use the recipe for ELEGANT & EASY EASTER ROAST TURKEY. Also make this with rice and peas and vegetables.

  39. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    Turkey leftovers make a great turkey soup!

  40. krysta d says:

    I would love to make the “Turkey au Vin” – looks super yummy:)

  41. Belinda s says:

    I would use it by using it as a substitute for ground beef in chilli which would lighten the meal significantly!

  42. Casey Miller says:

    I love turkey soup

  43. Calvin F. says:

    I want to try the Turkey au Vin. It would be awesome to eat indoors.

  44. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    The TURKEY CLUB SALAD would make a nice light, healthy meal and is quick and easy to do.

  45. Rachel says:

    Turkey sandwiches to lighten up my meals. No bologna here!

  46. DebP says:

    Turkey salad would be a great way to lighten up a spring menu.

  47. Amber Y says:

    I would love to try their recipe for turkey eggplant Parmesan. It sounds like a delicious way to lighten up and change up our meals!!

  48. Cahley E Tod-Tims says:

    I like to use ground turkey in bolognese sauces

  49. Melanie Hayes says:

    Turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey salad

  50. Edith Rennes says:

    I like the turkey apple and kale grain salad…nice use for leftover turkey.

  51. Linda SVAROVSKY says:

    I will use turkey in salads

  52. Marlene V. says:

    I would like to try the WEEKNIGHT BUFFALO TURKEY TACOS recipe

  53. AD says:

    I would use Turkey as a substitute for many chicken dishes (like my Mexican Chicken Soup recipe) or I would use ground turkey as a substitute for beef meatloaf or meatballs… Its a healthier option and quite delicious!

  54. Tracy D says:

    Adding turkey to a fresh green salad sounds like a great light meal with your protein.

  55. Tracy Pound says:

    Ground turkey meatballs and spaghetti

  56. Wanda Bee says:

    I would make Rustic Colombian Turkey Soup.

  57. Julie bolduc says:

    I would make turkey meatballs and have turkey meatball subs

  58. Tara Kerr says:

    I would love to use the leftover turkey to make a yummy soup, simmering on the stove! MMM!

  59. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I would use turkey to make shredded turkey tacos for Tuesday nights.

  60. Jennifer C. says:

    I would use the leftover roasted turkey (from Easter) to make fun dishes like the “Turkey Apple & Kale Grain Salad” featured on the website.

    The link is:

  61. Filipa says:

    I would use turkey to lighten my spring meals by including it into a salad.

  62. Shelley N says:

    I would lighten up my spring time meals by using ground turkey in place of ground beef -lower fat, lighter taste. The turkey spring carbonara looks particularly yummy since it has asparagus in it.

  63. Sarah N. says:

    Using it in salads and chili.

  64. KellyPC says:

    We love to BBQ turkey!

  65. Lucy says:

    I would add it to soups!

  66. Linda SVAROVSKY says:

    I add it to chili

  67. Daniela Plume says:

    I love a classic turkey sandwich

  68. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I would lighten my spring meals by making soup with it!

  69. Erinn Lishman says:

    I would definitely use turkey to lighten my spring meals, especially by incorporating it into my salads. The Smoky Citrus Turkey Taco salad looks amazing, and so does the Turkey, Apple and Kale Grain salad!

  70. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    we can add it to our salads

  71. Jenny Major says:

    I would make some delicious turkey wraps

  72. Julia Maycock says:

    I like to,add leftover turkey to salad

  73. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    turkey instead of beef in pasta

  74. Alayne Langford says:

    I use turkey to replace beef, like in the Apple Cheddar Turkey burgers

  75. Linda says:

    I would lighten my meal by making Oven-Baked Turkey Eggplant Parmesan. I would usually use beef for this.

  76. Andrea Amy says:

    I would use turkey in a garden salad or pasta salad (loaded with veggies)

  77. Carole D. says:

    I would lighten my spring meals by adding turkey to my salads!

  78. Maryanne says:

    Turkey in tacos sounds delicious!

  79. Erica Seaman says:

    I would lighten up Spring meals by serving more cold plates with turkey.

  80. LisaM says:

    I’d use it in salads! The Cali Fresh Turkey Bowl looks awesome

  81. Jolie says:

    I would replace meat with turkey 🙂

  82. Jessica G says:

    I’d lighten it up by adding turkey to my salad meals

  83. Angela September says:

    we’ve switched from ground beef to turkey for all our tomato sauces, chilis and tacos! and it’s delicious!

  84. Ron says:

    I would use turkey to make a great homemade soup.

  85. rebecca says:

    i would add turkey to my homemade soups

  86. Tava says:

    We’ve been stocking up on Canadian Turkey because it’s so much easier to roast/bbq & reheat through the spring/summer rather than use the oven every night for either heat or lack of time reasons… dishes like SPRING VEGGIE, HERB PESTO AND TURKEY PASTA are a delicious option!

  87. Jennifer P. says:

    I would use turkey to lighten our spring meals by substituting ground beef with turkey in our tacos.

  88. Julie says:

    I know my family would love OVEN-BAKED TURKEY EGGPLANT PARMESAN! That would be a great addition to our menu that would lighten our spring meals!

  89. Sab Edwards says:

    I’m on the last batch of turkey noodle soup that I made…I always like to h ave soup for work

  90. CL chin says:

    Turkey is great anytime, I love ground turkey.

  91. Doris Humber says:

    I would use the turkey, instead of beef, for tacos.

  92. Joni W says:

    I would add turkey to salad, or wraps.

  93. shane smith says:

    i will try switching out the ground beef for ground turkey instead on taco tuesdays!

  94. Athena says:

    Use ground turkey instead of ground beef to lighten it up!

  95. Marra says:

    I’d love to make turkey wraps!

  96. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    The Grilled Turkey Scallopini with Kale Walnut Pesto sounds like an awesome spring recipe.

  97. Clare O'Brien says:

    Turkey is so versatile. I think I will try it in tacos and maybe as an addition to my veggie wraps.

  98. Sunshine G says:

    It’s an easy substitute for chilli – ground turkey is equally as good as beef!

  99. crystal porter says:

    I would make the Sheet pan Turkey with Spring Veggies and Herbs

  100. Silvia D says:

    i would use ground turkey instead of beef

  101. SweetPanda says:

    I can use turkey instead for pasta and salad

  102. lynnie says:

    I’d love to make ground turkey burgers instead of beef for a lower fat option and for a change! Thanks for the chance to win!

  103. Aimee says:

    Turkey wraps are great for summer

  104. Judy Hunting says:

    Turkey sandwiches, burgers, soups, the options are endless

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