This is your guide on How to Roast Poultry. If you have any questions about roasting poultry, you will definitely find your answers here. Many individuals seem to have questions about the proper techniques of roasting poultry and the amount of time poultry should be roasted.
For example, you could use a conventional oven which is the preferred method or you could use a convection oven, a roaster oven, an electric skillet, a microwave or even a slow cooker (crock-pot). The Poultry Roasting Chart below is based on roasting poultry in a conventional kitchen oven but any one of the other options can be also used without any difficulty.
There are several different methods that can be used when roasting poultry in a conventional oven, which includes using a roasting pan with a tight fitting cover, or a roasting pan with an adjustable vent, or a baking pan. If using a baking pan or the bottom of a roasting pan, the poultry can be uncovered or can be covered with aluminum foil. If using aluminum foil, the pan can be completely sealed or a tent of aluminum foil can be placed over the poultry leaving the ends of the foil tent open. Generally speaking, using a roasting pan with a tight fitting cover will produce the juiciest results since the majority of the moisture will be trapped within the roasting pan which aids in tenderizing the poultry.
You can roast your poultry with Moist Heat or with Dry Heat. Moist heat simply means to pour a liquid in the bottom of your roasting pan. Your roast will either be placed in the liquid while cooking or directly above the liquid. This can be easily accomplished by placing a wire rack or a roasting rack in the bottom of your roaster or your baking pan. The moist heat will help to tenderize the poultry. Basting your poultry during the cooking process with the pan drippings will help to add flavor and juices to your poultry and will help to create a finished main course that you can be proud of.
If you're stuffing a turkey, make absolutely sure that the stuffing is thoroughly cooked before removing the turkey from the oven. Check the internal temperature in the middle of the stuffing. The stuffing is not safe to eat if the stuffing has not reached 165° F. It is suggested that you do not stuff a turkey due to related health problems. Simply bake your stuffing in a baking dish along side the turkey.