How to Cook a Turkey in an Oven Bag
Whether it’s your first go at cooking Thanksgiving dinner or you’re a seasoned pro, the turkey takes center stage on the table, so it must come out perfect!
COOKING A TURKEY IN AN OVEN BAG
Cooking your Thanksgiving turkey in a Reynolds Kitchens® Turkey Oven Bag is a fantastic way to ensure that your turkey stays moist and succulent while also turning out a golden light brown. Plus, with an oven bag, you won't even have to worry about scrubbing the roasting pan. Just follow these easy steps to roast a turkey in an oven bag for your next dinner.
- Reynolds Kitchens® Turkey Oven Bag
- One 8 to 24-pound turkey
- 1 tablespoon flour (wheat, rice, potato, nut or gluten-free flour, corn starch, corn meal, or matzo meal can be used as a substitute for flour)
- Ties that come in the oven bag package
- Large oven-safe roasting pan or disposable aluminum roasting pan
- Meat thermometer
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
Place a turkey-size oven bag into a large roasting pan that is at least two inches deep. Sprinkle one tablespoon of flour into the bag and shake to distribute (you may use wheat, rice, potato, nut or gluten-free flour, corn starch, corn meal, or matzo meal instead of flour). Then, add sliced vegetables, depending on the recipe. Turn down the ends of the bag several times to help hold it open while you place the turkey inside.
Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey. If you like to stuff your turkey, place the stuffing into the cavity. Be careful not to overstuff. Pat the skin dry, brush the turkey with oil or melted butter, and season as desired. Not sure what to use for seasoning? Try this herb-roasted turkey recipe. Place turkey in the oven bag atop your sliced vegetables.
Close the bag with the nylon tie found in the turkey oven bag carton. It’s usually folded inside the cooking chart.
Make 6 half-inch slits in the top of the bag to allow steam to escape as the turkey cooks. Tuck the corners of the bag in the pan and trim or fold down the extra bag beyond the tie to ensure it doesn’t touch the oven or heating elements when cooking.
Place the turkey on the lowest rack of your oven to roast. There’s no need to baste or attend to the turkey. Look at the cooking chart included in the carton for the estimated time for cooking a turkey in an oven bag. To check if the turkey is done cooking, measure the temperature through one of the cut slits on the top of the bag. Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey thigh, not touching the bone.
Let the turkey stand in the bag for 15 minutes after removing it from the oven. Then, cut the top of the bag open with cooking shears or a paring knife.
To remove the turkey from the bag, insert serving forks in the neck and chest cavities of the turkey. Then, transfer your turkey to a serving dish for dinner. Use the juices to make flavorful gravy to pair with the moist turkey.
TURKEY OVEN BAG COOKING TIMES
Add 1 tablespoon of flour to coat the bag when preparing your turkey oven bag. Do not add any water (unless directed).
|OVEN BAG TURKEY COOKING TIMES
Until internal temp reaches 165°F in the breast and thigh in several places, not touching the bone
(If you prefer a well-done turkey with no pink juices, cook until 180°F in the thickest part of the thigh, not touching the bone)
|Cooking Time @ 350°F
|Whole Turkey, unstuffed
|1 1/2 to 2 hours
|2 to 2 1/4 hours
|2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours
|2 1/2 to 3 hours
|Whole Turkey, stuffed
(stuffing temperature should be 165°F)
|2 to 2 1/2 hours
|2 1/2 to 2 3/4 hours
|2 3/4 to 3 hours
|3 to 3 1/2 hours
|Turkey Breast, bone-in
|1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours
|Turkey Breast, boneless
|2 1/2 to 3 hours
|Same as whole turkey, but if skinless, add 1/4 cup water and brush with extra oil or butter.
If you want all the juicy details about how to cook a turkey in an oven bag, and our oven bag cooking times, peek at our oven bag cooking charts for turkey, chicken, beef, pork, and more!
If you’re aiming for an easy method to cook an extra juicy, tasty turkey with plenty of flavorful juices for gravy, oven bags are the best method. However, if you prefer crispy, roasted brown skin, you’ll want to skip the oven bag and try using one of our other methods on how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey. Explore the pros and cons of using oven bags vs. foil turkey cooking methods and more.
Yes. Larger turkeys sixteen pounds and up that are fully thawed and cooked in an oven bag can cook up to one hour faster than the turkey package directions. See the oven bag cooking chart for estimated times.
A temperature of 350°F is necessary for the turkey to cook quickly and brown evenly in the oven bag. See the oven bag cooking chart for estimated times.
The USDA states that poultry is safe to eat when cooked to 165°F and checked with a meat thermometer in several places, not touching the bone. If you prefer well-done poultry with no pink juices, cook it until the thigh (not touching the bone) reaches an internal temperature of 180°F.
For food safety reasons, turkey should not be cooked at an oven temperature lower than 325°F. Cooking overnight or all day is not recommended. According to the USDA, for food safety reasons, never partially cook a turkey and finish cooking it later.
Cooking time varies based on the size of your turkey. Please refer to our oven bag cooking times chart.