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Gluten Free Thanksgiving: Turkey & Orange Cranberry Sauce

Nov 8, 2013 | Recipes | 0 comments

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Turkey and Cranberries

Thanksgiving 2013 is just around the corner, do you have your gluten-free menu set? One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is cranberry sauce, in part because I only make it on Thanksgiving. I've been making my own cranberry sauce for years and to be honest I'm usually one of the only people to eat it…. but it stores well and I love serving it on a cheese platter (like a chutney) later that week. And it's so easy to make! You can add spices like cinnamon & cloves, but my favorite version uses fresh orange zest and orange juice.  Here's the recipe:

Thanksgiving Turkey Breast
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Orange Cranberry Sauce


  • 10 oz cranberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  • 1 T orange zest (from ~2 oranges)
  • 1 cup orange juice (I use fresh-squeezed, but from a carton works too)
  • 1/4 cup honey


  • Place all ingredients in small pot place on high heat, bringing to a boil, lower to low heat, cooking for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer to bowl and place in refrigerator to cool.

When I'm hosting a smaller Thanksgiving I will sometimes buy a turkey breast instead of a whole bird (even though I prefer the dark meat). Using only a breast frees up a lot of oven space!  Here's my favorite method for prepping a turkey breast:

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Turkey and Cranberries
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Rosemary-Citrus Turkey Breast


  • 1 bunch rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups chicken broth*
  • ~4 lb bone-in turkey breast


  • Zest oranges & lemons and then juice.
  • In large storage container, stir together citrus zest and juice, chopped rosemary and garlic, 4 cups chicken broth, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 cup water, and 2 Tbsp salt.
  • Add turkey breast to marinate.
  • Marinate turkey for 24 hours (or a minimum of 1 hour up to 48 hours)
  • Pre-heat oven to 450 F.
  • Remove turkey from marinade and place in baking pan. Put in oven at 450 for 5 minutes.
  • Lower temperature to 400 F and continue to roast for ~1-1.5 hours or until internal temperature of 165F.


*Note: If using store bought broth, read all ingredients and avoid added sugars and other unnecessary fillers.

Both of these recipes can easily be made the day before, keeping you stress-free on Thanksgiving Day.  

Looking for more Gluten Free Thanksgiving recipes and resources?

When it comes to cooking a big holiday meal, you can never be too prepared! Here are a few of my favorite resources.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: From appetizers to dessert, we've got you covered! These 15 gluten free Thanksgiving recipes can all be prepped ahead. Trust me, this is such a game changer when it comes to holiday stress!

Thanksgiving Activities and Traditions: Because, while the meal brings everyone together, Thanksgiving is about more than just the food. Try one of these activities this year to get everyone in the spirit of gratitude.

Prep Dish Entertainment Guide: If you'd like a prep-ahead plan for your entire Thanksgiving meal, check out my Entertainment guide. This bundle includes a Prep Dish style Thanksgiving menu so you can prep ahead for the big feast and relax and enjoy the day with your family. It also has a whole year's worth of celebratory, prep-ahead menus so you can always feel prepared and focus on making memories…not last minute dishes.

What's on your Thanksgiving menu this year? Are you planning to make recipes in advance or do most of the work the day of?  Share your ideas and pictures on Facebook or Instagram @prepdish or leave a comment below.

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