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Lemon Turkey with Couscous Stuffing

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour 25 min. + standing


8 servings

"For a special-occasion main dish that's perfect for a small family gathering, try this moist tender turkey breast with its unusual dressing," suggests Kathi Graham of Naperville, Illinois. "Lemon and garlic flavor the meat, while raisins and shredded carrot add sweetness and color to the couscous stuffing."


  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (4 to 4-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  1. Carefully loosen turkey skin, leaving it attached at the back. Combine the oil, lemon juice, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper; spread under turkey skin. Place turkey to one side in a shallow roasting pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. For stuffing, in a bowl, pour boiling water over couscous. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until water is absorbed. Add the remaining ingredients; toss to combine. Spoon stuffing into other side of pan, shaping into an 8x5x2-in. mound. Cover pan and bake at 325° for 45 minutes.
  3. Uncover turkey; leave stuffing covered. Bake 40-50 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 170°. Cover turkey with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with stuffing.

Nutrition Facts

4-1/2 ounce-weight: 303 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 38g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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