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How to Cook a Turkey Using an Oven Bag

  • Course: Main Dish

Thanksgiving is a special holiday that means spending time with loved ones. While cooking is a big part of the day, it can sometimes be a source of stress that takes away from the spirit of the celebration. Use a Reynolds Kitchens® Oven Bag to cook your Thanksgiving turkey to golden brown perfection. You'll spend less time prepping your turkey and cleaning up and more time with your family.

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  • 1 Tbs flour
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 8 to 24 pound turkey, thawed
  • 2 Tbs oil or melted butter
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Reynolds Kitchens® Oven Bag, Turkey Size


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Shake flour inside the Reynolds Kitchens® Oven Bag and place in a large roasting pan that is at least 2 inches deep. You can opt to spray the inside of bag with nonstick cooking spray if you desire.

Step 3

Place onion wedges in the bottom of the bag.

Step 4

Remove neck and giblets from turkey, then rinse and pat your turkey dry. Brush with your 2 Tbs of oil or melted butter.

Step 5

In a small bowl, combine all seasonings and rub into the entire turkey.

Step 6

Carefully slide turkey into the oven bag, making sure the opening of the bag is facing the end of the roasting pan, and not facing up. The bag should be inside the pan, not hanging over the edges of the pan.

Step 7

Close oven bag with the included nylon tie, and cut six 1/2 inch slits in the top of the bag.

Step 8

Baking time varies depending on the size of your turkey. You can refer to the Oven Bag directions or use the reference above.

Step 9

When your turkey reaches an internal temperature of 180°F in thickest part of the thigh, not touching the bone, remove from oven and let stand in oven bag for another 15 minutes. Cut open the top of the bag and carefully remove turkey from the bag, and place onto a cutting board. Lifting works well by inserting one carving fork into each end of the turkey.

Turkey Cooking Times

1.5-2 hours for 8-12 lb turkeys;

2-2.5 hours for 12-16 lb turkeys;

2.5-3 hours for 16-20 lb turkeys;

3-3.5 hours for 20-24 lb turkeys

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