Roast Turkey Breast

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This Roasted Turkey Breast is a delicious every night dinner or a show stopper at Thanksgiving. The recipe produces a tender, moist and flavorful turkey.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour

This Roast Turkey Breast is a delicious every night dinner or a show stopper at Thanksgiving. The recipe produces a tender, moist and flavorful turkey.

Roast turkey breast on a platter with lemon and parsley in the back ground.

The Roast Turkey Breast meat is the favorite party of the bird. Therefore, why not make the most popular part of the bird and make everyone happy.

Why Cook a Roast Turkey Breast

A Roasted Turkey Breast is a lot quicker to make that an entire turkey. It can be enhanced with herbs to create amazing taste and it is the perfect size for a couple or small family

How to Cook a Turkey Breast – Step by Step 

  • Preheat Oven: First, preheat oven to 400F
  • In a Roasting Pan: Then place onion, garlic and lemon in a casserole dish or roasting pan large enough for your turkey breast. Next, add the chicken broth to the dish.
  • Prepare Turkey: Pat the turkey breast dry with kitchen paper towel and place in the casserole Use a spoon or your fingers to pull the turkey skin away from the flesh. Insert the butter in between the turkey skin and flesh. 
Step by step instructions for making roast turkey breast.
  • Bake Turkey: Rub the poultry seasoning all over the turkey breast, then drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until an inserted meat thermometer reads 160F.
  • Allow Turkey to Rest: Allow the turkey breast to rest for 10 minutes. It will increase in temperature the remaining 5F. (Photo 1 below)
  • Serve: Slice and Serve.  (Photo 2 below)
Step by step instructions for making roast turkey breast.

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Recommendations for Making this Turkey Breast Recipe

How long do you cook this Turkey Breast recipe for? For bone-in turkey breast, 15 minutes per pound, or until the thickest part of the meat registers 150-155°F. It is a great idea to invest in a good thermometer.

If your bird is getting a little too dark, tent the breast with aluminum foil.

Shredded oven roasted turkey breast on a white plate with a lemon in the background.

Recommendations for Cooking Turkey Breast

Here are a few tips for cooking a moist delicious turkey breast.

  • Select a shallow aluminum roasting pan for good results. The low sides will enable more heat to circulate around the breast so that it will cook more evenly.
  • Enable hot air to circulate underneath the turkey. Cook’s Illustrated places the breast on a V-rack in the roasting pan.
  • Select breasts that are similar in size so they’ll be done at roughly the same time if you want to cook more than one for the guests at your holiday table.
  • Rotate the turkey breasts in the pan about half way through the cooking time to ensure that they’ll all cook evenly, even if your oven has “hot spots.”

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Close up shot of oven roasted turkey breast.

Expert Tips for Making the Best Roast Turkey Breast

  • Roasting Bag: Bag it. Try a roasting bag for moist turkey.
  • Use A Thermometer: Getting the temperature right will allow you to take it out at the perfect time to keep it moist.
  • Rest Time: Don’t skimp on the roasting time, it allows the juices to return to the meat after cooking.

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Roast Turkey Breast

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Servings: 4 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 head garlic edges cut off
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or turkey broth
  • 2 lb turkey breast
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Place onion, garlic and lemon in a casserole dish or roasting pan large enough for your turkey breast.
  • Add the chicken broth to the dish.
  • Pat the turkey breast dry with kitchen paper towel and place in the casserole dish.
  • Use a spoon or your fingers to pull the turkey skin away from the flesh.
  • Insert the butter in between the turkey skin and flesh.
  • Rub the poultry seasoning all over the turkey breast, then drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, until an inserted meat thermometer reads 160F.
  • Allow the turkey breast to rest for 10 minutes. It will increase in temperature the remaining 5F.
  • Slice and serve.

Expert Tips

 
  • Roasting Bag: Bag it. Try a roasting bag for moist turkey.
  • Use A Thermometer: Getting the temperature right will allow you to take it out at the perfect time to keep it moist.
  • Rest Time: Don’t skimp on the roasting time, it allows the juices to return to the meat after cooking.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 652mg | Potassium: 650mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 334IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

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