Roast Turkey with Wine and Herbs

11 Comments 5

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Jump to Recipe

Roast Turkey with Wine and Herbs lets you skip carving at the table and speed up the roasting process. By cutting the turkey into parts before cooking, you get a faster and easier way to make great roast turkey. If you want something a little different for your Thanksgiving this year, this Roast Turkey Recipe is a great way to go.

Using this method, you can cook a 12-pound turkey from start to finish in under an hour!

Roast Turkey with Wine and Herbs - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Turkey Recipe

This recipe produces an unbelievably moist turkey, full of flavor from fresh herbs and wine. Best of all,  I especially love being able to serve the turkey within minutes from the oven without waiting for it to be carved.

I served this turkey to a friend who was visiting a few years ago and she absolutely went crazy for it. This is now her favorite way to cook a turkey and I can’t recommend it high enough.

This recipe actually uses two different varieties of wine to bring out the best in the roast turkey. White wine is added right to the roasting pan, then marsala wine is mixed with the juices along with cranberry sauce or jam to drizzle on top of the finished turkey.

Fresh sage, rosemary and thyme add aroma and herbiness to the roast turkey that’s hard to beat. The combination of flavors is simple but incredibly flavorful.

This recipe starts by cutting your whole turkey into pieces and coating them with olive oil and herbs. You start the drum sticks first, pouring wine right into the pan with the bird and roasting for about 15 minutes.

The turkey breasts and thighs are added to the pan skin side up and everything cooks together for another 45 minutes or until the interior of the breast reaches 160 degrees. While the meat rests, strain the juices from the pan into a sauce pan and simmer with cranberry sauce, marsala wine and more herbs.

Serve the turkey on a platter accompanied by a small pitcher of the juices for some of the most delicious turkey you’ve ever had!

How to Butcher a Turkey

If you use a butcher to cut up your turkey, this meal is a breeze. If you are going to section it yourself, here’s a link to a step-by-step tutorial for cutting up the raw bird. Allow about 15-20 minutes to section the bird, if you’ve never done it before.

Cutting the turkey into parts is the most cumbersome part of the recipe but it’s not as difficult as you might think. The nice part is that you won’t have to hassle with carving the turkey after it’s done.

How to Cook a Turkey

A few years ago, I wrote Simple Turkey Roasting for Beginners a.k.a. “Everything I wish I’d known that no one ever mentions about cooking turkeys.” That’s a great post to check out for tips on roasting a traditional whole bird.

I wish more people knew how easy it is to cook turkey when it’s divided into parts BEFORE cooking. It saves time in the oven and makes it easier and faster to serve.

How long to cook a turkey largely depends on its size. Dividing the turkey into parts enables the meat to cook faster as it takes less time for the heat to reach each part of the meat. That’s why this roast turkey is done after just one hour in the oven!

Leftover Turkey Recipes

My favorite part of making a roast turkey for Thanksgiving, Christmas or another special occasion is having leftover turkey to cook with for days after.

The leftover pieces of Roast Turkey with Wine and Herbs are great in the typical post-holiday turkey sandwiches, wraps and salads of course, but I also love getting a little more adventurous with my leftovers.

Creamy Turkey Noodle Soup is comfort food at its best. It’s a down home combination of leftover turkey meat, carrots, celery and hearty egg noodles that’ll keep you warm on a cold winter night and perk you up when you’re feeling under the weather.

This Southwest Turkey Salad Chopped Salad is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover turkey for a quick lunch or light dinner. Another favorite go-to salad for the day after a big holiday is this Turkey and Walnut Salad with Cranberry Dressing.

Next time I make this turkey and end up with leftovers to spare, I plan to try these delicious looking Leftover Turkey Taquitos too.

Roast Turkey with Wine and Herbs (1 HOUR total cooking time for perfectly moist, juicy turkey guaranteed!) - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Roast Turkey Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large roasting pan, coat the turkey pieces with the oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and 2/3 of the fresh herbs. Remove the thighs and the breasts to a separate bowl. Place the drumsticks and wings in the pan skin side down. Add the wine to the pan with the turkey. Roast for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the turkey from the oven and turn over the drumsticks and wings. Add the breasts and thighs to the pan, skin side up. Roast 45 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the breast reads 160 degrees. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and tent with foil, any pinkness should fade as the meat rests.
  3. Strain the pan juices into a saucepan. Add marsala, jam, and the remaining herbs. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 3 minutes, season with salt to taste. Pour juices into a small pitcher for serving. Carve the thighs and breast meat into chunks and arrange the pieces on a platter.

Get New Recipessent to your inbox!
We never share your information with third parties and will protect it in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Roast Turkey with Wine and Herbs

5 from 1 vote
Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Sunshine Margaret
Pin Print Review
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients 

  • 1 turkey cut into 7 or 8 pieces (see cook's note)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup marsala wine
  • 3 tablespoons cranberry sauce red currant or raspberry jam

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large roasting pan, coat the turkey pieces with the oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and 2/3 of the fresh herbs. Remove the thighs and the breasts to a separate bowl. Place the drumsticks and wings in the pan skin side down. Add the wine to the pan with the turkey. Roast for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven and turn over the drumsticks and wings. Add the breasts and thighs to the pan, skin side up. Roast 45 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted in the breast reads 160 degrees. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and tent with foil, any pinkness should fade as the meat rests.
  • Strain the pan juices into a saucepan. Add marsala, jam and the remaining herbs. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 3 minutes, season with salt to taste. Pour juices into a small pitcher for serving. Carve the thighs and breast meat into chunks and arrange the pieces on a platter. Enjoy!

Notes

If you use a butcher to cut up your turkey, this meal is a breeze. If you are going to section it yourself, here's a link to a step-by-step tutorial for cutting up the raw bird. Allow about 15-20 minutes to section the bird, if you've never done it before.

Nutrition

Calories: 4520kcal · Carbohydrates: 38g · Protein: 558g · Fat: 199g · Saturated Fat: 45g · Cholesterol: 1854mg · Sodium: 7571mg · Potassium: 6056mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 27g · Vitamin A: 1840IU · Vitamin C: 13.4mg · Calcium: 359mg · Iron: 25.3mg
Tried this recipe?Mention @WPRecipeMaker or tag #wprecipemaker!

Pin this nowto remember it later
Pin this recipe0

{originally published 11/14/12 – notes and photos updated 11/17/15}

Filed under: , , ,

Tagged with:

Related Posts

Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

Reader Interactions

11 Comments Leave a comment or review

    Rate & Comment

    Rating




    You can now include images of your recipes in your comments! You'll need to register or log in to upload images.

  1. Marilyn in Missouri: Dog rescue director says

    Have you tried this recipe with whole boneless pork loin or any other cut of pork?

    Please send me a private email message too. Thank you for a response.

See More Comments