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Turkey Roasting Chart. For a fresh or thawed turkey: Set the oven to 325 °F. Cook to 165 °F. Related Information: For details on grilling, smoking, microwaving, or deep fat frying turkey, see Alternative Ways to Cook Turkey. For details on preparing, cooking, and storing turkey, see Turkey.
Timetable for Roasting Poultry Whether you’re attempting your first turkey or making a roast chicken for an easy weeknight meal, this chart will help ensure it’s done just right, every time. MORE+ LESS-
The times on this chart are based on placing the whole turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, and into a preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven. Your recipe may call for a different temperature and overall time, and your oven may run hotter or cooler.
Roast uncovered according to Cooking Schedule or until meat thermometer in center of breast roast reaches 170° F and in center of turkey roast reaches 175° F. Roasting time will vary if turkey is covered or placed in an oven-cooking bag. For easier net removal after roasting, wrap roast in foil and let stand 10 minutes.
The following Turkey Cooking Time Chart is for an oven temperature of 325 degrees F. This is the preferred temperature for cooking a turkey according to most all brand recommendations. This is the preferred temperature for cooking a turkey according to most all brand recommendations.
The roasting times in the chart are for a preheated 325 F oven. Oven cooking times vary, though, so always use a meat thermometer to gauge doneness; this does not include the pop-up timer that comes in the turkey.
The turkey can be basted several times during the cooking time. A half hour before the turkey is set to come out of the oven remove the foil so that the bird may brown. Once the internal temperature of the turkey breast is at 170°F (77°C), the turkey is ready to come out of the oven. Let the turkey sit 15 - 20 minutes.
Note: For safety reasons, the USDA recommends cooking stuffing outside of the turkey to guarantee uniform doneness. If you do choose to stuff it, check the temp of the center of the stuffing to make sure it, too, reaches the safe 165 degrees F (otherwise bacteria could contaminate your cooked turkey).
Use the following chart as a turkey cooking time and temperature guide for whole turkeys and turkey parts that are oven baked or roasted, grilled, or are inserted into an oven bag prior to cooking the turkey. See the article "Turkey Doneness" for additional information on determining the proper doneness of meat.
For details on roasting turkey, see Turkey Roasting Chart. For details on preparing, cooking, and storing meat, see Meat. For details on preparing, cooking, and storing poultry, see Chicken and Other Poultry.