The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Turkey

  • prep time210 min
  • total time 210 min
  • serves 12

Spend more time with your family on Thanksgiving by making your turkey the day before.

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Directions for: Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Turkey


1 bunch fresh thyme

1 bunch fresh rosemary

1 18-lb turkey, cut into 2 boneless breasts, 2 legs and 2 thighs (both bone-in) by your butcher

2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, cut into cubes

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 cup chicken broth


1. The day before serving, preheat the oven to 350ºF.

2. Put the thyme and rosemary on the bottom of a baking sheet. Put the turkey pieces on top, dot with the cubed butter, drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Roast, basting from time to time and checking for doneness every 15 minutes after 1 hour of cooking, until the meat reaches 165ºF, about 1 1/2 hours. Let rest, covered in foil, for 45 minutes.

3. Carve the breasts and thighs into slices (keep the legs whole), then arrange on a fresh baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate.

4. On the day of serving: let the turkey come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

5. Drizzle the chicken broth over the turkey, cover again with foil and roast until it registers 165ºF, about 1 hour.

See more: Thanksgiving, Turkey, Main, Poultry, Roast

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