whole roasted turkey on white platter

Simple Roast Turkey Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

Our Simple Roast Turkey Recipe will have you cooking like a pro! This easy roasted turkey recipe is a must have for Thanksgiving or any holiday!



  • 1416 pound whole turkey, giblets removed
  • 1 large apple cut into fourths
  • 1 large onion cut into fourths
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels and place on a board. Stuff the cavity of the turkey with the apples, onion and thyme and then tie the legs together with kitchen twine tucking the wings underneath the breast, or running a piece of kitchen twine around the bird to tie in the wings.
  3. Place a roasting rack in the bottom of a roasting pan or large baking dish (big enough to hold the whole turkey. Alternately, if you don’t have a rack, you can make a rack on the bottom of the roasting pan with whole carrots and celery stalks. Place the turkey on the roasting rack and then brush al lover with the melted butter. Season the turkey generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the chicken broth and bay leaves into the bottom of the roasting pan and place into the oven. If your roasting pan has a lid, you can cover the pan or use aluminum foil to cover the turkey.
  5. Bake the turkey for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, depending on the size of the turkey, basting with the juices every hour. Starting at 2 hours during a basting, check the temperature of the turkey. The turkey can be taken out of the oven between 155 and 160 degrees because the temperature will rise as it rests. If you find that the bottom of your roasting pan is getting dry you can add more chicken broth.
  6. Remove the turkey from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and let rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. See post for more details on how long a turkey will stay warm after taking it out of the oven.

Recipe Notes

Store: Store leftover, cooled down turkey in a resealable bag or an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freeze: Freeze cooked, sliced turkey by wrapping the turkey in aluminum foil and then placing in a plastic freezer bag.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American