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Easy, No Fail, Gluten Free Brined Turkey

You cannot fail with this easy, gluten free brined turkey. Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, this is a turkey recipe you will make year round. Simple and flavorful, with orange juice, white wine, and thyme, this gluten free brined turkey is bursting with flavor.

Turkey Everyday

My husband would eat turkey every day if he could. He loves turkey, any time of year. We actually will buy a turkey in the offseason to cook and use for sandwiches, salads, soups, casseroles, just about anything.

A few years back we had our first Thanksgiving at home, just the two of us and decided to try brining for the first time. I wish I had done it sooner. It made all the difference in the world!

If you haven’t checked out my guide to a Stress Free Thanksgiving, go check it out now!

This recipe is so simple, I should have taken photos of the “brining process”, but honestly, it’s just combing everything with the turkey. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.

carved gluten free brined turkey

Easy, No Fail Gluten Free Brined Turkey

The brining process imparts so much flavor into the meat of the turkey. So often, turkey has a flavorful skin, but the actual meat is bland. There is a reason they serve gravy with turkey. It needs more flavor.

This turkey is brined in orange juice, white wine, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaves, salt, and brown sugar. It produces a juicy, tender meat with lots of flavor with ingredients you most likely have on hand.

After brining, I rub it with olive oil and poultry seasoning.

plate of gluten free thanksgiving food

Let’s Eat Turkey

When brining a turkey you do need to plan ahead. I prefer to bring mine overnight and then stick it in the oven in the morning. You could also start brining early in the morning and then cook it later in the afternoon.

We generally do a 13-15 pound turkey. If yours is much larger, you may want to double the recipe. I’m lucky enough to have a pot big enough to fit the whole turkey, but if you don’t you can use a large roasting bag, fill it with the turkey and brine and place it inside a large bowl or in a cooler with ice to brine.

Once all is said in done, we like to use Geoffry Zacharian’s method for carving. It always works perfectly and is so easy. You can check out the video HERE.

Don’t forget to add some sides, like these green beans with garlic and almonds or these easy to make stuffing cups. For a different spin on potatoes, try these Twice Baked Potatoes from My Gluten-Free Kitchen! Need a bread to serve? Try these Gluten Free Honey Cornbread Muffins from Flippin Delicious.

Leftovers? Try Peruvian Turkey Soup with Cilantro or these Chicken Pot Pie Muffins!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Easy, No Fail Gluten Free Brined Turkey

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easy, no fail, gluten free brined turkey with orange juice, wine and thyme
Prep Time:
13 hours
Cook Time:
3 hours, 30 minutes
Total Time:
3 hours, 30 minutes
Yield: 8
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: American


  • 1 Whole Turkey, 12-15 pounds, giblets and neck removed
  • 1 gallon water
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 3 1/2 cups white wine (basically a bottle of Pinot)
  • 1 1/2 cups Kosher Salt (if using table salt, use 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • Olive oil
  • 3 - 4 Tablespoons poultry seasoning.


  1. Add water, orange juice, wine, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, bay leaves and thyme to a large pot and stir together to dissolve.
  2. Add turkey and push down to submerge.
  3. Cover and refrigerate over night.
  4. Remove from brine and pat dry.
  5. Preheat oven to 325.
  6. Coat turkey with olive oil and coat with poultry seasoning.
  7. Roast for about 20 minutes per pound or until thermometer in thickest part of breast registers 165 degrees.
  8. Cover turkey breast with aluminum foil about 2/3 of the way through to prevent over browning.
  9. Save drippings for gravy or Turkey Stock.

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  • Reply
    Maria Williams
    November 27, 2018 at 3:33 am

    i used this recipe tonight when making our turkey tonight. it turned out so well! it tastes AMAZING. thank you so much Regards Maria Williams

    • Reply
      November 28, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      I am so glad you loved it as much as we do. It is my husband’s favorite and requests it all year round!

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