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 UNSTUFFED (Slow Oven: Uncovered – 325° Fahrenheit)

Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit. Cook until the bird reaches the correct internal temperature.

Ready to Cook Weight
Estimated Cook Time
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 STUFFED (Slow Oven: Uncovered – 325° Fahrenheit)

Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit. Cook until the bird reaches the correct internal temperature.

Ready to Cook Weight (Before Stuffing)
Estimated Cook Time
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 STUFFED (Fast Oven: Covered – 450° Fahrenheit)

Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit. Cook until the bird reaches the correct internal temperature.

Cover bird with aluminum foil before cooking. Remove cover during the last 30 minutes to allows skin to brown.
Ready to Cook Weight (Before Stuffing)
Estimated Cook Time
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