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Learn how to truss a turkey or chicken in 5 easy steps to ensure a juicy, evenly-cooked bird. Our method uses only kitchen twine — no need for trussing needles.  We're demonstrating on a 3 lb chicken; however, the steps for a turkey are identical — just on a larger scale.

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Tools Needed

  • Scissors
  • Kitchen twine (approximately 1 yard/1 meter for a chicken; 2 yards/2 meters for a small turkey)

Step 1: Stuff with Aromatics/Cut Wing Tips

For extra flavor and juiciness, stuff the body cavity with aromatic fruits and vegetables, such as quartered onions and lemons. Cut away the wing tips and set aside. When cooking a turkey or chicken, we like to put the wing tips in the bottom of the roasting pan and use with the drippings for a delicious pan gravy.

How to Truss a Turkey or Chicken, Step 1

Step 2: Loop and Make an X

Pass the middle of the string under and around the ends of the drumsticks, crossing the string to make an X. Loop the string around the joints as shown in red.

How to Truss a Turkey or Chicken, Step 2

Step 3: Tighten & Pull Along Thigh

Pull the string tightly along the thigh joint.

How to Truss a Turkey or Chicken, Step 3

Step 4: Criss Cross Applesauce

Criss cross the string around the back side of the bird, securing the wings against the body.

How to Truss a Turkey or Chicken, Step 4

Step 5: Tie & Seal

Pull the ends of the string around the backbone and tie securely. Tuck the skin near the tail around the cavity, sealing in the aromatic vegetables.

 

How to Truss a Turkey or Chicken, Step 5

The Final Trussed Bird

A properly trussed turkey or chicken will cook nice and evenly, ensuring a moist and delicious meal. It's easy and fast!

How to Truss a Turkey or Chicken, Final Result



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