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Orange Bourbon Turkey Breast



  • 1 (6 pound) fresh or frozen turkey breast
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup bourbon, divided
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Orange slices (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rinse turkey with cold water; pat dry. Sprinkle salt into cavity. Stuff cavity with oranges. Place turkey breast in a large oven bag.
  3. Combine orange juice, water, 1/2 cup bourbon, and molasses and pour over turkey in bag. Place turkey on broiler pan Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F. Remove turkey from oven. Carefully remove turkey from bag. Cover loosely with foil.; let stand at least 10 minutes. Discard oranges.
  4. Pour marinade juices into saucepan; bring to a boil. Skim foam from mixture with slotted spoon; discard. Reduce heat to medium; cook until reduced to 3 1/2 cups (about 15 minutes).
  5. Combine remaining bourbon and flour in a small bowl, stirring well with whisk. Add to reduce marinade; bring to a boil and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Serve sauce with turkey.
  6. Garnish with orange slices and parsley if desired.

Yield: 6 servings

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