The Ultimate Guide to Stuffing a Turkey or Chicken

Learning how to stuff a turkey or chicken isn’t too difficult. You just need to follow the necessary steps to make sure your bird is clean.

Then, you want to decide what you plan to do with the neck and giblet package that are sometimes found inside the bird. They are great for making a gravy or dressing!

Lastly, you’ll want to season and stuff a turkey or chicken to have it ready for the oven. This step-by-step tutorial is the same for a chicken or a turkey.

- 1 turkey/chicken - Prepared stuffing - Seasoning - Toothpicks


Reach inside the bird to remove the giblet package and the neck. Sometimes these items are put inside the bird at the processing plant, sometimes they aren’t. If they are, set aside. They can be used in making your dressing or gravy if you wish.


Rinse the bird with cool water, both inside and out. Place the bird on a clean plastic cutting board and pat dry with some kitchen towel. Check the bird over for any pin feathers or other bits that you might find on the skin and remove them.


Season the inside of the bird with your desired spices. Garlic powder, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning or thyme are an array of different spices you can use to flavor the inside.


Have your prepared stuffing handy, with a spoon large enough to fit inside the cavity of the bird easily.


Begin by putting spoonfulls of dressing into the cavity of the bird. Loosely pack the dressing. Use the back of the spoon to gently push the stuffing to the back of the cavity, but do not pack it in tight.


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