The Barefoot Contessa’s Recipe for Perfect Roast Turkey Made Skinny Recipe

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I love Ina Garten’s (Barefoot Contessa) recipe for roasting turkey. I decided to share it because it’s a super simple recipe to make and comes out moist and flavorful. I did change a few things from her original recipe to keep it skinny. First, her recipe coats the turkey with ½ stick of melted butter. I used reduced-fat butter, which cuts the fat in half. Next, after the turkey roasts for 1 hour, she tosses a medley of vegetables with ¼ cup olive oil and adds them to the same pan as the turkey continues to cook. Not only is that quite a lot of oil but in addition, all the fat from the turkey seeps into the vegetables while cooking. It’s best to make some kind of vegetable dish and served it on the side. You’ll just love this recipe anyways. The thyme, lemon, onions and garlic gives it a classic turkey flavor that is just PERFECT!!

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Servings: 12 servings


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  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers, if it has any, and pat the outside dry.
  3. 3. Place the turkey, breast side up, in a large roasting pan. Sprinkle inside the turkey cavity with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with thyme, lemon, onions and garlic.
  4. 4. Brush the outside of the turkey with the melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.
  5. 5. Roast the turkey for about 2½ hours until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest 20 minutes.
  6. 6. To keep the turkey skinny, remove the skin before or after craving.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 39g
Recipe makes 12 servings
Calories 61  
Calories from Fat 38 62%
Total Fat 4.35g 5%
Saturated Fat 2.6g 10%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Potassium 88mg 3%
Total Carbs 1.96g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 2%
Sugars 0.58g 0%
Protein 3.8g 6%
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  • Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox
    November 14, 2011
    Prep Tip
    When you let the turkey “rest” for 20 minutes at room temperature it allows its natural juices to redistribute throughout the flesh and set. This produces an evenly moist result and makes the bird easier to crave.
    If using a meat thermometer to check for doneness, the breast temperature should be 170 degrees and the thigh should read 180 degrees.

    Weight Watchers (old points) 5
    Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

    SKINNY FACTS: for one (6 ounce) serving of turkey breast
    210 calories, 5.3g fat, 29g protein, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 410mg sodium, 4g sugar

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