How To Cook Turkey in an Oven Bag **VIDEO**

November 3, 2021   16 Comments

Do you know how to cook turkey in an oven bag? There are a couple reasons why this is a great idea.

How To Cook Turkey in an Oven Bag

As we move toward Thanksgiving, we all begin to contemplate our menus. I like turkey but I have roasted it until it tastes like sawdust. Why? I have people in the house and I lose track of time. Because of the white meat and dark meat, turkeys can be kinda tricky to cook. The white meat cooks faster than the dark meat and can end up dryl

This oven bag method is almost foolproof because the bag seals in moisture so your turkey has a far less chance of drying out. I have never failed using this bag. The turkey also cooks much faster so you don't have to get up at the break of dawn to get it in the oven.

If you don’t want to cook a whole turkey try cooking turkey breast in an oven bag. This is great for having turkey for lunches and I freeze some for other meals.

These oven bags are made of plastic (food grade nylon to be more specific). The FDA has tested and approved their use so they are supposed to be safe. These bags are BPA free if that will make you feel any better about using them.

Using the bag is super easy – you put one tablespoon of flour into the bag (shake it) – add the turkey – close it with a plastic tie – and cut a few holes in it. In the video, which shows you all the steps, I massage the bird with a little butter and some salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. You don’t have to do this if you don’t have time.

Reynolds puts a pamphlet in the box so you don’t have to guess how long to cook it. I use a meat thermometer to ensure my bird is done and you can just push it through the bag to test it.

I found that this method cooked my turkey breast an entire hour faster than without the bag. The meat was moist and cooked perfectly. I cooked it until it was 180 F.


If you end up with too much turkey, don’t worry! I make a leftover turkey chili which everyone will love.

Do you know how to cook turkey in an oven bag? Do you like this method?

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I remember people greasing a brown grocery bag and cooking their turkeys in that for a nice moist turkey.

I have never tried that or tried the these plastic bags.

I add some cut up carrots, celery and onions in the bag, around the turkey. When the turkey is done, take it out of the bag and then put the vegetables along with the juice that cooks out of the turkey, in the food processor. This makes a nice thick gravy. If you put a lot of veggies in the bag, it may extend the time it takes to cook the turkey.

I cook our turkey this way every year. I put it in upside down and the breast meat is so nice and moist - it's the first choice of everyone.

Snack Girl, I trust you implicitly. You don't worry about eating from plastic subjected to high heat? If you tell me it is ok, I will believe it.

@Jennifer - thank you for the trust. The plastic is "locked" and therefore will not leak out anything that may be toxic. I believe this is very safe.

Thanks for your question!

I only roast turkeys and chickens (whole ones) with halved lemons or limes inside the cavity. It gives the meat a fresh taste! But, for years, I cooked the above in the oven bags, and they are wonderful, in addition to not having to clean the roasting pan!!!!

Can a turkey bag be used if the turkey was brined? Thinking of trying the brine process this year. Thank you..

I have cooked my turkey this way for many years, however I always put the turkey in breast down so that the juices drip down into the breast. It is always moist and delicious, and as Carole mentioned there is no yucky roasting pan to clean. Thanks for your wonderful posts.

Question: this year, I was thinking of trying JUST turkey drumsticks In the oven bag. Would this work? Also, Trader Joe’s has a frozen turkey en croute. It is turkey breast rolled up with stuffing in puff pastry, and herbs de Provence on top. Anybody try this before??

I would reconsider using a PLASTIC bag to cook your food. I would reckon the chemicals from the bag permeate your turkey...NOT worth it.

Why increase your chance of getting cancer?

I always use the bags, however, I also put it in breast side down so the juice runs into the breast that is usually drier than the dark meat. I also have a convection oven which makes it cook even faster. I can cook a 20 pounder in about 3 hours, unstuffed.

I have used a bag for years! Works great, will never do it any other way!

Can I do the same using a roaster oven?

“The FDA has tested and approved their use so they are supposed to be safe. These bags are BPA free if that will make you feel any better about using them.”

I always rub oil over turkey before placing in bag. Have done brown paper bag method too but seems to take more prep time w oiling the bag first.

Where is the video???

Where's the video also

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