Healthy roast turkey crown served on a plate with roasted veg

Healthy roast turkey crown

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4-6

Roast a turkey crown if you're catering to fewer people this Christmas. It's also a lighter option if you don't want to overindulge on the big day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: Per serving (6)

  • kcal350
  • fat7g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre7g
  • protein47g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 2kg turkey crown on the bone
    Turkey

    Turkey

    terk-ee

    While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…

  • 3 oranges, 1 cut into wedges, ½ sliced, 1 ½ juiced
    Orange

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1 tbsp runny honey, plus extra for drizzling
    Honey

    Honey

    huh-nee

    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • handful thyme sprigs, leaves picked from one, two left whole, plus sprigs to serve (optional)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 500g carrots, peeled and cut into long batons
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 500g parsnips, peeled and cut into long batons
    Parsnip

    Parsnip

    par-snip

    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…

Method

  1. Take your turkey crown out of the fridge 1-2 hrs before you want to cook it. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut 4 slices from one of the oranges. Juice the rest of it along with another of the oranges. In a small bowl, stir the orange juice together with the honey and the picked thyme leaves, the soy sauce and a good grinding of black pepper. 

  2. Loosen the skin over the turkey breast. Place two slices of orange, a bay leaf and thyme sprig under the skin, on both sides of the breast, then spoon in some of the juice mix and smooth the skin back over. Tip the orange wedges into a roomy roasting tin with the carrots and parsnips. Nestle the crown amongst the vegetables and oranges. Drizzle over about a third of the remaining orange juice mix and roast everything in the oven for 30 mins. Remove, give the veg a stir and drizzle over another third of the juice mix, then return to the oven and do that again one more time, roasting the turkey for a total of 1hr 30 mins (covering with foil halfway through if it begins to colour too much).

  3. Remove the turkey from the roasting tin and place on a board covered with foil, then turn the oven up to 220C/200C fan/gas 8. Toss the veg in a drizzle of honey and put the tin back in the oven to caramelise the veg for 25-30 mins, leaving the turkey crown to rest. Serve the crown on a platter surrounded by the glazed roots, orange wedges and extra thyme sprigs, if you like. Remove the sticky skin from the breast before carving the meat to serve as a side.

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