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Turkey in a Bag


"This is a very easy way to make a Thanksgiving turkey using an oven bag. The bird will be perfectly moist when done, and you can make gravy out of the juice that forms in the bottom of the bag. Plus, cleanup is a snap! The cooking time will vary for different sized turkeys."
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3 h 20 m servings 744 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 744 kcal
  • 37%
  • Fat:
  • 36.5 g
  • 56%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.8g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 93.2 g
  • 186%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 309 mg
  • 103%
  • Sodium:
  • 309 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Rinse turkey and remove giblets. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Sprinkle the bottom of a turkey size oven bag with flour. Place turkey, celery and onions in the bag. Seal bag and poke several holes in it with a fork.
  4. Bake 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until internal temperature of the thigh meat reaches 180 degrees F (85 degrees C).


  • Learn more about how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving in our How to Cook a Turkey article!
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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  1. 238 Ratings

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I rubbed the turkey down with butter, sprinkled with paprika, put the apple, sage and rosemary on the inside, and the celery and onion in the bag, and was WONDERFUL!!! I don't even like dark me...

Most helpful critical review

I want to like this, so much. It's how my mother in law makes turkey and all I can taste is the bag. The skin is soggy and the turkey always overcooks, no matter how much we adjust the time. S...

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I rubbed the turkey down with butter, sprinkled with paprika, put the apple, sage and rosemary on the inside, and the celery and onion in the bag, and was WONDERFUL!!! I don't even like dark me...

I have used this recipe for years. It is so easy, cleanup is a breeze, the Turkey stays very moist, and you can cook it longer,and not dry it out. I have made it stuffed, and without stuffing. g...

My mom has made turkey this way for years and now I do too. We put garlic powder, onion powder and paprika on the skin the day before. It never dries out and it can be left in longer if you ne...

this is a fool proof recipe; you don't think it will brown in a bag, but it does and its always moist and delish. I make it this way every year and its always a hit!

With this recipe, I got the most juicy, yummy turkey I have ever tried in my life. The cooking time was short, a 20 pound turkey in 3 and a half hours, and the clean up was easy. I definately re...

My 18 pound turkey was done to moist perfection in just over 3 hours. I was surprised that the skin actually browned pretty nicely. The only change I made to the recipe was to spread the turkey ...

I have tried this recipe and it really works!! Another thing I added was a half apple with thyme & rosemary tied onto it and stuffed into the cavity, instead of the stuffing. It made the turkey...

I'll never cook a turkey any other way!! This was the 1st year I used a bag an it was super easy. Just put it in the bag and forget about it until it's time to come out!! If you sprinkle papri...

First time I've ever made a turkey in a bag and it was very moist and flavorful and browned beautifully. I cooked a 13 lb bird at 350 degrees and it took 2-1/2 hours. I cut a large onion in q...