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I recently learned How to Cook the Juiciest, Most Tender Oven Roast Turkey EVER – and it has changed the way I am going to cook my turkeys from now on. No more arguing with my Mom over when the turkey is done, this method of cooking a turkey is SO forgiving that I would bet the white meat will NEVER dry out! Read on to learn how to make the best roast turkey you are ever going to eat! Did I mention that it’s so easy you’ll spend the rest of your holiday day drinking visiting with your family? True story.

How to Cook the Juiciest, Most Tender Oven Roast Turkey
How to Cook the Juiciest, Most Tender Oven Roast Turkey

The Juiciest, Most Tender Oven Roasted Turkey In the History of Roast Turkeys

Truth be told, this isn’t my recipe, but there is a lesson to be learned here folks. Always talk food with the people you meet. Your hairdresser. Teachers at your kids school. Strangers on the bus. In this case it was my nail tech, Alecia. ( you can follow her on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.). We are both always hungry whenever I go to get my nails done and we always talk food. Disney food tops the list as she’s a fellow Disney fanatic, but since she knows that I cook, she shares her own recipes with me as well. This oven roasted turkey recipe is one of them.

I am sad to say that I made this recipe for Canadian Thanksgiving and didn’t get it written up in time for all of my American readers for your Thanksgiving. Let’s blame the evenings that are dark early that rob me of natural light for my photos and the fact that I didn’t realize that this is FALL OFF THE BONE GOOD turkey.

It fell off the bones when I went to carve it. That makes it utterly fantastic for eating. Not that good when I need to take photos.

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Alecia’s main secret? Turkey sized oven roasting bags. Let’s be clear here it’s NOT brown paper bags! Brown paper bags are actually toxic! Using a tried and tested safe food grade oven bag is better overall for roasting a turkey in a bag. It makes sense, companies put glue and chemicals into paper bags that are not meant for high heat OR for food to cook in and have no regulations with their production because of it. Oven bags are meant for food and heat. Using one twice a year to make the best turkey ever is not a big deal, but if you think it is, then this isn’t the turkey recipe for you. The oven bag is key! Now let’s move on to the step-by-step directions to get this bird in the oven for your big day!

How to Cook A Turkey

Let’s walk through this step by step, as some of you may be making your first turkey ever – or heck, you are like me and have been spending your life trying to master roasting a turkey. If you don’t need these photos, just pop on down to the bottom where the recipe awaits you, you turkey pro! The turkey shown in these photos is 13 lbs, but the first one I made was 20!

  • Pre-heat your oven to 300 °F. Yes, we are cooking this bird low and slow all day. For hours.
  • Pat the tops and sides of the turkey dry with paper towels and throw them out. Wash your hands. (I am a kitchen safety NUT when it comes to bacteria, sorry!) Place your turkey so that it’s completely in the oven bag BUT so that the opening is slanted more towards the top instead of straight across This will make sense later in in my directions.
  • Take your chosen onions quarters, celery, apple etc and place them into the turkey cavity. Wash your hands.(I know, I know)
  • Take one tablespoon of sea salt flakes or coarse salt (I always have the flakes so that’s what is on mine) and a tablespoon of parsley and mix them in a bowl.  IF you have a larger turkey you can double this. Set aside for now, you just had to get this ready because now your hands are getting dirty again!
  • Take a bottle of olive oil and drizzle a small stream across the skin on the breast of the turkey and some on the thighs and legs. Gauge how much you need to cover the surface area in a nice coating. Put the bottle away and roll up your sleeves.
How to Stuff the turkey
How to Stuff the turkey
  •  Rub the olive oil all over the turkey skin, getting it covered well. You don’t have to do the bottom.
  • Take the salt/parsley mixture and rub it all over the turkey in an even layer. The olive oil will help it stick. It should look like the photo above. Then of course, wash your hands and move on to the next step.
  • Pour the turkey or chicken broth into the bottom of the bag, making sure not to wash off the spices.
  • Use the little tie that comes with your oven bags and seal the bag.  Cut small holes into the top of the roasting bag to let steam out.
How to Tie the Roasting Bag
How to Tie the Roasting Bag
  • Place in the oven and cook for 4-5  hours for my 13 pound turkey and up to 7 for a larger turkey. If you notice the breast is getting too brown and crispy. then turn the oven down to 250 °.
  • When the thigh meat reaches a temperature of 180 °F and the breast meat is  165°F minimum, you can remove the turkey. Let it rest for 10 minutes, then remove the bag.
  • You can either move it to a platter ( it can be done, with two people and a few forks holding it together in key places) or simply carve it in the pan.
  • Use the drippings to make what is the BEST turkey gravy you will ever eat.

Now you can’t really see it, but that breast meat was so tender and juicy that I could have done that gross move that they do in brisket videos where they squeeze all the juice out of the meat. While I am NOT going to do that (I really wish that trend would die, yuck!) IF I pressed down on the top of this turkey in that photo, you would have clear turkey juices running out. And my family would have eaten bone-dry turkey, beeeecause I squeezed all the juices out.

Roast Turkey Breast Meat Being Sliced
Roast Turkey Breast Meat Being Sliced

The secret to why this turns out so well is that the olive oil and salt still manage to crisp up the turkey skin while the steam from the broth actually braises the turkey, not roasts – and braising is one of the best ways to cook any meat. Braising is also pretty much the only way that you are going to get moist breast meat and cook the legs to a proper temperature at the same time ( the bane of turkey roasting.)

Side Dishes to Serve with Oven Roast Turkey

Here are a few tried, tested and true side dishes to serve with your roast turkey!

  1. Oven Baked Turkey Stuffing –  As you can see you don’t stuff this roast turkey, so you are going to need to make dressing/stuffing on the side. This is a great recipe for it!
  2. Mom’s Homemade Stove Top Stuffing – My ABSOLUTE favourite turkey stuffing recipe ever!
  3. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – I make these monthly, not just for holiday meals.
  4. Rosemary Garlic Smashed Potatoes : Mix it up a bit and try smashed potatoes this year.

So everyone go and give Alecia a follow on her social media and say thank you for the best turkey recipe ever! Happy Cooking!

Love,

Karlynn

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How to Cook the Juiciest, Most Tender Oven Roast Turkey
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 15 mins
 

I recently learned How to Cook the Juiciest, Most Tender Oven Roast Turkey EVER – and it has changed the way I am going to cook my turkeys from now on.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roast turkey
Servings: 8
Calories: 31 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 1 15-25 lb turkey
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes or coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 litre carton turkey broth
  • 1 turkey sized oven safe roasting bag
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1-2 stalks celery ,washed and cut into sticks
  • 1 apple, de-seeded and quartered
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 300 °F.
  2. Pat the tops and sides of the turkey dry with paper towels and throw them out. 

  3. Place your turkey so that it’s completely in the oven bag BUT so that the opening is slanted more towards the top instead of straight across . Take your chosen onions quarters, celery, apple etc and place them into the turkey cavity. 

  4. Take one tablespoon of sea salt flakes or coarse salt and a tablespoon of parsley and mix them in a bowl. IF you have a larger turkey you can double this. Set aside for now, you just had to get this ready because now your hands are getting dirty again!
  5. Take a bottle of olive oil and drizzle a small stream across the skin on the breast of the turkey and some on the thighs and legs. Gauge how much you need to cover the surface area in a nice coating. Put the bottle away and roll up your sleeves.
  6. Rub the olive oil all over the turkey skin, getting it covered well. You don’t have to do the bottom.
  7. Take the salt/parsley mixture and rub it all over the turkey in an even layer. The olive oil will help it stick. It should look like the photo above. Then of course, wash your hands and move on to the next step.
  8. Pour the turkey or chicken broth into the bottom of the bag, making sure not to wash off the spices.
  9. Use the little tie that comes with your oven bags and seal the bag. Cut small holes into the top of the roasting bag to let steam out.
  10. Place in the oven and cook for 4-5 hours for my 13 pound turkey and up to 7 for a larger turkey. If you notice the breast is getting too brown and crispy. then turn the oven down to 250 °.
  11. When the thigh meat reaches a temperature of 185 °F and the breast meat is 165°F minimum, you can remove the turkey. Let it rest for 10 minutes, then remove the bag.

  12. You can either move it to a platter (it can be done, with two people and a few forks holding it together in key places) or simply carve it in the pan.

  13. Use the drippings to make what is the BEST turkey gravy you will ever eat.
Recipe Notes
  • NUTRITIONAL VALUES shown are only for a slice of turkey breast meat, and NOT for the entire turkey or any gravy you make! 
  • You are only restricted in turkey size by what fits into the bag and closes up to cook! If it fits, it cooks!
  • Add more cooking time on for larger turkeys.
  • If the top of your turkey is getting too brown, lower the temperature to 275 °F and  continue cooking.
  • You can choose whatever vegetables you want to place in your turkey cavity, I like an apple, celery and an onion. Whatever you put in there WILL affect the taste!
Nutrition Facts
How to Cook the Juiciest, Most Tender Oven Roast Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 872mg 36%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

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  1. Susan Macko Reply

    I read your recipes every morning when I’m first up. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. I’m diabetic, I appreciate the low carb recipes.

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