Easy No-Fuss Golden Brown Turkey
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Easy No-Fuss Golden Brown Turkey

Our Easy No-Fuss Golden Brown Turkey is beautifully golden brown, tender and juicy. With simple steps for a flavorful gravy that's rich, smooth and creamy!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 439kcal
Author Heather - My Sweet Mission


  • 17 lb turkey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • Drippings and broth from pan
  • 2 cups turkey broth
  • 1/2 cup unbleached or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

For the turkey slices:

  • 1 cup turkey broth (start with 1 cup, but you may need up to 2 cups)


Preheat oven to 400º F.

  • Rinse turkey and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, put it in a large roasting pan breast side and brush evenly with melted butter.
  • Bake in a preheated 400º F oven for 30 minutes.

Do not open the oven but lower the heat to 325º F and bake for 1 hour.

  • Baste the turkey with the drippings and cook for another hour.
  • Repeat basting the turkey every hour and cook at 325º F for an additional 1 1/2 hours, or until the thickest part of the turkey breast reads 165º F with a meat thermometer. *Please see notes for proper thawing, roasting and storing leftover turkey.
  • Remove from oven and cover the turkey with foil and allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before slicing.


  • Strain the turkey drippings and put the stock back into the roasting pan. Add 2 cups turkey broth and heat over high heat until boiling.
  • Add the flour and water to a container fitted with a tight lid and shake until well combined. With a whisk, add the flour-water mixture, stirring until the gravy comes to a simmer. Whisk and cook until gravy is thick and creamy.


  • A 12-18 lb turkey should take approximately 4 hours to cook thoroughly. But, always check the turkey package for full thawing and cooking instructions.
  • Check out this article for thawing, roasting and storing leftover turkey. "A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey" and use the USDA Minimum Internal Temperature Chart for cooking meat.
  • For the gravy, start with 1/2 tsp salt, stir, and taste, then add more if needed.
  • To keep the turkey slices warm and juicy, cover the bottom and sides of a large baking dish with foil and place the turkey slices in it. Drizzle 1-2 cups turkey broth over the turkey slices, cover with foil and place the baking dish in a warm oven at 200º F until ready to serve.
  • Nutritional information is approximate depending on light or dark meat and includes a serving of gravy too.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 209mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 644mg | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2.6mg
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