How to Moisten a Dry Turkey

If you cook a turkey for too long, the meat's natural juices will burn away and it will become dry. Dry turkey has a dull flavor and is difficult to chew and swallow. Rather than smothering dry turkey with too much gravy, you can moisten the meat. This moistening method will make the meat look and taste as though it was perfectly roasted. Approximately 10 minutes is required to moisten a dry turkey, not including the time it takes to carve the bird.

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Cut away the meat from the turkey carcass with a carving knife. Place the carved turkey meat into a casserole dish.

Step 3

Pour 1 cup of chicken broth over the meat for every 2 cups of turkey.

Step 4

Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place the turkey into the oven. Allow the turkey to heat for 10 minutes so the broth soaks into the meat.

Step 5

Remove the casserole dish from the oven and transfer the turkey to a serving platter. Serve the moistened turkey while hot.

Things You'll Need

  • Carving knife

  • Casserole dish

  • Chicken broth

  • Aluminum foil


This method will also work to moisten dry chicken or duck. You can opt for low-sodium chicken broth if you would like to reduce the salt content.

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