Baking a Prepared Turkey / Chicken from the Butcher
This quick post is more of a beginner tutorial. It's something I learned that I thought might be useful to others for everyday meals or for a small holiday dinner.
You can buy these stuffed turkey breasts, stuffed chicken breasts or cornish hens (like a fancy small chicken) for pretty cheap from the butcher.
I got one and I wondered how am I going to cook this and not mess this up. The one I got was stuffed Cajun wild rice. It was about 1 1/2 pounds and was a nice smaller portion.
I knew it was really easy because I just had to put it in the oven. In some ways, I think putting things in the oven is easier than using the stove at times because you don't really need to watch something when you put it in the oven. It's as easy as using the microwave, but not as fast obviously. It's the same as the microwave in that you can put it in the oven and go do something else. For the steps/instructions I wrote below, I did some research on YouTube and watched different videos -- with the same thing, but where they stuff turkey or chicken breasts from scratch. Those steps were already done for me. :)
The keys for cooking turkey/chickens is that: you don't want it to get too dry on the outside and you don't want raw turkey or chicken. There is no medium-rare or medium-chicken. Haha. :)
If you have a food thermometer, turkey or chicken is cooked when the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
Steps/Instructions -- adjust depending on the size of your turkey / chicken:
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Cover the outside with butter.
-- Be generous with it. Maybe 1 or 2 tablespoons for this little guy. It's really not that much butter.
3.) Cook turkey in the oven uncovered for ~50-60 min.
4.) Take out turkey and cover it again with butter.
-- Again be generous with it. Maybe 1 or 2 tablespoons for this little guy. It's really not that much butter.
5.) Turn oven up to 400 degrees.
-- Turning the oven up will give a nice brown color on the outside, but won't really dry it out.
6.) Cook for about ~20-30 min. at 400 degrees.
Give it a try! We are good at this!