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Chipotle Honey Glazed Turkey

Chipotle Honey Glazed Turkey

Chipotle Honey Glazed Turkey is a great way to jazz up your Thanksgiving day feast. A little sweet heat that perfectly accompanies your holiday bird!

Well, another few weeks off to explore the USA and enjoy some (but not completely) time away from social media and everything that goes with it! I’ll tell ya, having time away from the computer and checking out life is good for the soul. I needed that trip and going to places where no service existed was perfect. I’ll post about our trip soon. It was quite amazing. I have been going through my 1600+ photos and picking out the best ones to edit and share!

While we were away, I lost complete track of time and just realized that Thanksgiving is this week and I hadn’t even posted one recipe for the grand day! I decided on a turkey since I could get a few meals out of it and you can’t eat too much turkey this time of year!

This year, I went the Southwestern route (that’s where I have spent the last few weeks) for preparing this bird. I made a Chipotle Honey Glazed Turkey which turned out really great! The bold flavors of the chilies in adobo, combined with the sweetness of the honey and the acidity of the orange juice make for a terrific glaze that’s not too spicy. It’s a great sweet heat!

This is one of the recipes that you will find on my site that have a dual use! The chipotle honey glaze would also be terrific on chicken wings, a roasted chicken or a big ol’ baked ham as well! I can’t wait to smoke some chicken wings on my Traeger and toss them in this sauce!! Yummy!

If you are looking for other Thanksgiving options why not look back at my Maple Bourbon Glazed Turkey or a more traditional Roasted French Turkey or heck maybe go to something completely different and make the mushroom and spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast. All these recipes bring back great memories of memorable Thanksgiving dinners!

I can’t wait for this year’s event! Enjoy your holiday as well!

It seems that turkey breasts have a mind of their own when you put it in a roasting pan. I keep mine in its place by stacking fresh veggies around it.

A tasty combination of chipotle peppers in adobo, honey, orange juice, butter, and herbs make a great glaze for a turkey, chicken, chicken wings or even ham!

A perfectly roasted turkey breast with the Chipotle Honey Glaze slathered all over!

OMG! This Chipotle Honey Glazed Turkey makes for one delicious feast! The gravy that I made with the pan drippings was delicious! Lucky us! We get to eat this twice this week! Dinner is served…

Other great Thanksgiving Turkey ideas.

Stuffed Turkey Breast

Maple Bourbon Glazed Turkey

Roasted French Turkey

Tips for a great turkey.

I always put a few cups of chicken stock in the bottom of my roasting pan along with an onion, carrots, and celery. This helps with the gravy process and keeps the bird moist!

I never stuff my bird (personal preference), however, I always put an onion and a cut-up orange inside the cavity of the bird. This adds excellent flavor!

I cook my turkeys at 350 degrees, always. The internal temperature should be 165 degrees when you remove it from the oven.


Chipotle Honey Glazed Turkey

 Chipotle Honey Glazed Turkey is a great way to jazz up your Thanksgiving day feast. A little sweet heat that perfectly accompanies your holiday bird! This glaze recipe will be great on chicken, chicken wings, or even a baked ham.
Course Main Course, Thanksgiving
Cuisine American, Mexican, Southwestern
Keyword Chipotle Chili, Thanksgiving Recipe, Turkey


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped chipotle peppers with adobo
  • 1/4-1/2 cup honey (adjust to your taste)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the chipotle, honey, orange juice, garlic, chili powder, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cook until the mixture begins to thicken and the sauce begins to reduce. About 10 minutes. Turn the heat to a very low simmer to keep warm.
  • Read the cooking time and temperatures for whatever size bird you are roasting.
    Liberally coat the skin of the bird with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Brush on one liberal coat of the glaze. Place the turkey in the oven. Baste every 1/2 hour to 45 minutes with the glaze and any pan drippings from the turkey until cooked.


This glaze is enough for up to a 15-pound turkey. It is easy to double if your bird is bigger! 





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