Roasting Times

Roasting a whole bird? You can follow your own recipe, but sometimes you just want simple roasting instruction. We’ve got you covered. Use the following charts to plan a cooking schedule. Remember, cooking times can vary depending on factors like oven capacity and the size of the bird. Always use a meat thermometer to assure the meat is fully cooked.

Timetable for Roasting Turkey (Slow Oven: Uncovered – 325° Fahrenheit)

Ready to Cook Weight Estimated Cook Time (Stuffed) Internal Temperature
8 – 12 lbs. 2¾ – 3 Hours 180 – 185° F
12 – 14 lbs. 3 – 3¾ Hours 180 – 185° F
14 – 18 lbs. 3¾ – 4¼ Hours 180 – 185° F
18 – 20 lbs. 4¼ – 4½ Hours 180 – 185° F
20 – 24 lbs. 4½ – 5 Hours 180 – 185° F
24 – 28 lbs. 5 – 5½ Hours 180 – 185° F
28 – 32 lbs. 5½ – 6 Hours 180 – 185° F

Timetable for Roasting Turkey (Slow Oven: Uncovered – 325° Fahrenheit)

Ready to Cook Weight Estimated Cook Time (Stuffed) Internal Temperature
8 – 12 lbs. 3 – 3½ Hours 180 – 185° F
12 – 14 lbs. 3½ – 4 Hours 180 – 185° F
14 – 18 lbs. 4 – 4¼ Hours 180 – 185° F
18 – 20 lbs. 4¼ – 4¾ Hours 180 – 185° F
20 – 24 lbs. 4¾ – 5¼ Hours 180 – 185° F
24 – 28 lbs. 5¼ – 5¾ Hours 180 – 185° F
28 – 32 lbs. 5¾ – 6½ Hours 180 – 185° F

Timetable for Roasting Turkey (Fast Oven: Covered – 450° Fahrenheit)

Cover bird before cooking. Remove cover during the last 30 minutes to allows skin to brown.

Ready to Cook Weight Estimated Cook Time (Stuffed) Internal Temperature
10 – 13 lbs. 2½ – 3 Hours 180 – 185° F
14 – 17 lbs. 3 – 3¼ Hours 180 – 185° F
18 – 21 lbs. 3½ – 4 Hours 180 – 185° F
22 – 25 lbs. 3½ – 3¾ Hours 180 – 185° F
26 – 29 lbs. 3¾ – 4¼ Hours 180 – 185° F
30 – 33 lbs. 4¼ – 4¾ Hours 180 – 185° F
34 – 37 lbs. 5¼ – 5¾ Hours 180 – 185° F

Turkey Breast: 16 minutes per lb @350° F. Use a meat thermometer to get breast temperature to 180 F° before serving.

Other Poultry Roasting Timetable (Unstuffed)

Add 15 to 30 minutes for Stuffed Birds
Stuffing should reach at least 165° Fahrenheit

Ready to Cook Weight Oven Temperature Estimated Cook Time (Stuffed) Internal Temperature
Chicken (3 – 5 lbs.) 350° F 1¼ – 1¾ Hours 180° F
Chicken (6 – 8 lbs) 350° F 1¾- 2½ Hours 180° F
Capon (4 – 8 lbs.) 375° F 20 – 30 minutes per lb. 180° F
Rock Cornish Hen (1¼ – 2 lbs) 350° F 50 – 60 minutes 180° F
Cornish Hen (2¼ – 2½ lbs) 350° F 1 – 1¼ Hours 180° F
Pekin Duck 375° F 20 minutes per lb. 180° F
Goose 325° F 20 – 25 minutes per lb. 180° F
Pheasant 350° F 30 minutes per lb. 165° F
Guinea Hen 350° F 1¼ – 1¾ Hours 165° F
Quail 425° F ~20 minutes 165° F