Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  144
  • Protein  25 g
  • Carbohydrates  0 g
  • Fat  4 g
  • Cholesterol  64 mg
  • Sodium  57 mg
  • Potassium  256 mg
  • Phosphorus  182 mg
  • Calcium  22 mg
  • Fiber  0 g

Roasted Turkey

The holidays are all about family, friends and food. And at the center of many holiday tables you'll find a kidney-frienldy Roasted Turkey. The DaVita renal dietitian team offers this scrumptious recipe for Roasted Turkey flavored with fresh herbs. This delicious turkey is perfectly paired with the recipe for Fresh Herb Cranberry Stuffing.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by the DaVita dietitian team.

Portions: 8 plus leftovers     Serving size: 3 ounces


  • 12 pound turkey, fresh or frozen (avoid self-basting)
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 sprigs fresh sage
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup low-sodium turkey stock from turkey giblets 


    1. Check plastic wrap on turkey to determine cooking time.
    2. Preheat oven to 425º F. Remove neck and giblet bag from cavity of turkey. Rinse turkey with cold water, then pat dry with clean paper towels.
    3. Using several fingers, loosen skin from turkey breast and drumsticks. Rub poultry seasoning onto turkey flesh under skin. Place parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme sprigs between turkey skin and flesh. 
    4. Place a meat thermometer in the fleshy part of the thigh, without touching the bone.
    5. Coat turkey with melted butter (or oil) and place breast side up in a roasting pan on a rack. Cover loosely with aluminum foil. Cook 30 minutes then reduce heat to 325º F. 
    6. Begin basting the turkey every 15 to 20 minutes with the giblet stock and pan juices. During last 30 minutes remove foil from roasting pan. Cook until meat thermometer registers 165º F. 
    7. Let turkey rest 30 minutes before carving. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Three days before serving: if frozen, thaw turkey in refrigerator for 3 days. One day before serving: remove giblets from turkey and make giblet stock (see recipe).
  • Make the Fresh Herb Cranberry Stuffing if you wish to stuff the turkey. After step 3 above loosely place stuffing in the body cavity and neck. Use skewers and string to fasten neck skin under the body and tie legs together. 
  • For CKD non-dialysis diet, please reduce serving size to match your meal plan.

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Roasted Turkey

healed2wholeness says:


I am hosting our Thanksgiving dinner this year with all the traditional stuff. However I am the only one with CKD. Can I bake a Cornish hen for myself and use make the Fresh Herb Cranberry Stuffing on the side? Probably wont have breakfast because of all the last minute preparations my only meal will be the dinner which we will have at 2p. Portion control sucks!!! Dietitian comment:Yes, the cornish game hen is a great substitute for turkey and you can stuff it with the perfect amount of Fresh Herb Cranberry Stuffing for 2-3 servings.

Nov. 14, 2014, 3:20 PM - Inappropriate review?

Roasted Turkey

amber1234 says:


When looking over the ingredients for the Roasted Turkey. One of the ingredients says 4 spring of fresh sa. Huh! Someone please go over that recipe again and please let me know what 4 sprigs of sa is saying. (2) Also, does a person have to use fresh spices? Can a person use bottle spices? Please let me know. Thank you. Dietitia comment: Thanks for letting us know. The mistery ingredient is sage. You can substitute dried herbs instead of fresh[INVALID]or maybe even use an Italian blend.

Jan. 05, 2014, 7:00 AM - Inappropriate review?

Roasted Turkey

christhomas says:


turned out delicious

Nov. 28, 2012, 5:41 AM - Inappropriate review?

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