We raise our own chickens, and they run all over our yard in the summertime. In the fall, we fill the freezer with 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 lb. chickens. Therefore, I regularly make roast chicken.
For holidays, we cook a turkey to feed a larger group of people. In fact, turkey is great throughout the year because there are so many wonderful things you can make quickly with the leftovers! If you don’t have your own large chickens running all over your yard, – really! you don’t?! – consider occasionally cooking a turkey to feed a larger group or for the convenience of having that cooked meat on hand in your fridge or freezer.
Turkey Cooking Guidelines
Here is the cooking times and temperatures guide you can use to get any size of turkey right.
Approximate cooking times for an unstuffed turkey are:
- 6-8 lb. turkey – 2 1/2 hours
- 8-10 lb. turkey – 2 3/4 hours
- 10-12 lb. turkey – 3 hours
- 12-16 lb. turkey – 3 1/4 hours
- 16-20 lb. turkey – 3 3/4 hours
- 20-24 lb. turkey – 4 hours
(These are approximate cooking times for planning purposes. The best way to check for doneness is by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat not touching a bone.)
Your turkey is done when the internal temperature measured with a thermometer is:
- 170F in the breast
- 180F in the thigh
- 165F in any stuffing
While your turkey is out of the oven and resting, whip up some gluten-free gravy. In this post, I show you how I make gluten-free gravy without lumps.
Uses for Leftover Turkey or Chicken
While I’ve never tried to make roast chicken in our trailer, the dishes made with the leftover meat are quite conducive to taking on trips that don’t involve crossing the border. You’ll find some good gluten-free recipes that use up leftover cooked chicken or turkey here.
If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear how you like it! Please leave me a comment below!