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Roasting by the number: chicken & turkey timetables

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Roasting Turkey

Turkey Roasting Timetable — Always use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Bone-in turkey is fully cooked when the meat thermometer reads 180˚F in the deepest part of the thigh, not touching the bone. Boneless or ground turkey is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F.

High-Altitude Roasting

At altitudes of 5,000+ feet, add approximately 5 – 10 minutes per pound to recommended “Turkey Roasting Timetable @ 325°F.”

WHOLE TURKEY WEIGHT UNSTUFFED—
APPROXIMATE TIME AT 325°F
STUFFED—
APPROXIMATE TIME AT 325°F
8 – 12 lbs. 2 3/4 – 3 hours 3 – 3 1/2 hours
12 – 14 lbs. 3 – 3 3/4 hours 3 1/2 – 4 hours
14 – 18 lbs. 3 3/4 – 4 1/4 hours 4 – 4 1/4 hours
18 – 20 lbs. 4 1/4 – 4 1/2 hours 4 1/4 – 4 3/4 hours
20 – 24 lbs. 4 1/2 – 5 hours 4 3/4 – 5 1/4 hours

 

TURKEY PART WEIGHT APPROXIMATE TIME AT 325°
Whole Breasts 4 – 6 lbs. 1 1/2 – 2 1/4 hours
Whole Breasts 6 – 8 lbs. 2 1/2 – 3 1/4 hours
Breast Halves 4 lbs. 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours
Drumsticks 3 lbs. 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours
Thighs 4 lbs. 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours
Wings 4 lbs. 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hours

Roasting Chicken

Chicken Roasting Timetable — Always use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Bone-in turkey is fully cooked when the meat thermometer reads 180˚F in the deepest part of the thigh, not touching the bone. Boneless or ground turkey is fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F.

Type Weight Internal Temperature Approximate Time at 350°F
Whole Chicken 3 – 5 lb. broiler 180°F 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hrs.
Whole Chicken 6 – 8 lb. roaster 180°F 1 1/2 – 2 1/4 hrs.
Breast, Bone-In 6 – 8 oz. 180°F 30 – 40 min.
Breast, Boneless 4 oz. 165°F 20 – 30 min.
Leg Quarter, Bone-In 4 – 8 oz. 180°F 40 – 50 min.
Thigh, Bone-In 5 – 7 oz. 180°F 30 – 40 min.
Thigh, Boneless 3 oz. 165°F 20 – 30 min.
Ground Chicken 6 oz. patty 165°F 20 – 30 min.
Wings or Drummettes 2 – 3 oz. 180°F 30 – 40 min.