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Cooking Two Turkey Breasts at Once

by Robin

I am cooking two turkey breasts for Thanksgiving. Should I figure they will take approximately 2.5 hours to cook (at 325) or longer because there are two of them?

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Cooking Two Breasts
by: Karen- DDP Editor

I feel like I'm not going to be a whole lot of help, here. Because whether or not your turkey breasts will need to cook longer because there are two of them depends hugely on your oven. If you have a convection oven, then definitely not. And with a good, well-insulated, new gas oven, you'll probably also be fine with your original cook time (though you may need to add 15-20 minutes or so). But if you have an old, breezy oven like mine, you may need to add as much as 50% to the cook time. It'll be hard for you to calculate if you don't know your oven well.

My suggestion would be to be sure the birds are well-spaced (if they're too close together, they will cook much more slowly) and that both are allowed to come almost to room temperature before you put them in the oven (don't worry-- this is actually safe. It's what I always do). Unless you have a convection oven, put them in about 15-20 minutes early, and then keep a good eye on the temperature (a good remote meat thermometer works well for this). Then leave yourself a little extra time on Thanksgiving Day, just in case your oven is difficult and has to take longer. Try to leave some of the other elements of your dinner flexible, just in case you find you're waiting on the turkeys.

See? Not all that helpful, right? But all ovens are different, so I can't predict how yours will behave!

Let me know if you have any more questions and please come back soon!

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