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Timetable for Roasting Poultry

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Whether you’re attempting your first or making a roast chicken for an easy weeknight meal, this chart will help ensure it’s done just right, every time.

Chicken Breast

OVEN TEMP. 400ºF

WEIGHT ROASTING TIME INTERNAL TEMP.
2 lbs 35 - 45 mins 165ºF

Whole Chicken

OVEN TEMP. 375ºF

WEIGHT ROASTING TIME INTERNAL TEMP.
3-4 lbs 1.5 - 2 hrs 165ºF

Whole Duck

OVEN TEMP. 350ºF

WEIGHT ROASTING TIME INTERNAL TEMP.
3-4 lbs 2 hrs 165ºF
5-5.5 lbs 3 hrs 165ºF

Whole Goose

OVEN TEMP. 350ºF

WEIGHT ROASTING TIME INTERNAL TEMP.
7-9 lbs 2.5-3 hrs 165ºF
9-11 lbs 3-3.5 hrs 165ºF
11-13 lbs 3.5-4 hrs 165ºF

Whole Pheasant

OVEN TEMP. 350ºF

WEIGHT ROASTING TIME INTERNAL TEMP.
2-3 lbs 1-1.25 hrs 165ºF

Rock Cornish Game Hen

OVEN TEMP. 350ºF

WEIGHT ROASTING TIME INTERNAL TEMP.
1-1.5 lbs 1-1.25 hrs 165ºF

Whole Turkey (not stuffed)

OVEN TEMP. 325ºF

WEIGHT ROASTING TIME INTERNAL TEMP.
8 -12 lbs 2.75-3 hrs 165ºF
12-14 lbs 3-3.75 hrs 165ºF
14-18 lbs 3.75-4.25 hrs 165ºF
18-20 lbs 4.25-4.5 hrs 165ºF
20-24 lbs 4.5-5 hrs 165ºF

Turkey Breast (bone-in)

OVEN TEMP. 350ºF

WEIGHT ROASTING TIME INTERNAL TEMP.
2-4 lbs 2.5-3 hrs 165ºF
3-5 lbs 3-3.5 hrs 165ºF
5-7 lbs 3.5-4 hrs 165ºF



Comment

Wes35 More than 1 year ago
I have an oven recently calibrated. This past Monday I cooked a 6.61 lb bone in turkey breast. One thermo in the breast set to buzz at 161 degrees. Removed the breast and tented it to rest for 15-20 mins. Cchecked it with my instant read thermo. Spot on at 165 degrees. Beautifully done and moist. Where I disagree with your chart, is the time. I thawed it in the reefer for about 3 days. Nicely thawed and into the oven for 1 hr 55 min.  I can't imagine how dry it would have been in the suggested 3.5-4 hours.  I'm going to stay with my instant read thermo and my experience.
I do love your site.
Wes35
Patbelle More than 1 year ago
Where table for stuffed turkey
melindadietcoke More than 1 year ago
I noticed that you posted several cooking times for the turkeys, however I didn't see any times listed for a stuffed turkey. I have a 19.5 lbs turkey that will be stuffed and wanted to double check the length of time. Thanks
dianejanasie More than 1 year ago
Come on no chart for stuffed turkey??
Deb2016 More than 1 year ago
What would the time be in a convection oven for a 15 lb. turkey?
Sparklingowl More than 1 year ago
For stuffing, roast at 325 degrees, uncovered. Use a foil tent and make sure you can see your thermometer. Personally, I roast @ 425 degrees for about 10-15 minutes to give it a n early "golden start" and then turn down to 325 and continue until finished. Take out our stuffed turkey when the Therm. hits 175 degrees. Remember to baste frequently. Oh, I also prep my turkey by rubbing oil, ( I prefer Virgin Olive Oil, but any will do and then sprinkling McCormicks Californina Style Garlic Pepper inside and out. What a delicious bird you will have! I hope this helps and have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!        Sparklingowl!
melindadietcoke More than 1 year ago
sounds great thanks for the tips

KindaSorta More than 1 year ago
How long should you roast a 12lb half turkey? I brined it and I want to roast half and smoke the other half. 
jojo422 More than 1 year ago
How long for a 25 lb. stuffed turkey and at what temperature?
henrysmom96 More than 1 year ago
My cook book says 20 minutes a pound at 325 covering with a tent of foil after the skin browns. So about 7 hours, but I find mine cook a little faster than that.

JWC78 More than 1 year ago
how long should you cook a 25 lb unstuffed turkey at 325 and also at 350
henrysmom96 More than 1 year ago
20 minutes a pound is what my 1978ish Betty Crocker cookbook says. :)

elliemae14 More than 1 year ago
how long do you think I should roast one of those big stuffed chicken breasts? It's about 2.5lbs
tlmb More than 1 year ago
Add 1 hour to your total cook time for a stuffed turkey.
Emily0708 More than 1 year ago
I always stuff my turkey, is the time the same?

rver247 More than 1 year ago
Also would like a chart for stuffed turkey!
Moez More than 1 year ago
Could you please add a chart for stuffed turkey?