Air Fryer Turkey Breast

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5 from 7 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Air Fryer Turkey Breast allows you to feed your family Thanksgiving dinner quality turkey in less than an hour. It’s crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.

Air Fryer Turkey Breast sliced on a plate.

This Air Fryer Turkey Breast allows you to have Thanksgiving quality turkey in less than an hour with all that deep roasted flavor and crispy skin.

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What We Love About This Recipe

  • 50 Minute Meal: A Thanksgiving quality meal in less than an hour.
  • Easy Ingredients: Only 6 ingredient, you have on hand.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone loves a delicious turkey dinner.
  • Adaptable: Can make it and use for sandwiches in place of processed lunch meat.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Use for open faced hot sandwiches the next day or turkey soup.
A plate with the turkey breast green beans and potatoes.

Ingredient Notes

  • Skin on Turkey Breast: Clean and pat dry with paper towel. Turkey Tenderloin can be great this way too.
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted butter can be good in this recipe.
  • Sea Salt and Fresh Black Pepper: grinded well.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic or garlic powder.
  • Thyme: 4 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme or use your favorite poultry seasoning.
Turkey breast and ingredients to make in the air fryer.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Air Fryer Turkey Breast Recipe

These are the basic steps for making Bone-in or boneless turkey breast. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Preparing the breast for cooking in the air fryer and then cooking.

STEP 1: PREP

First, melt your butter in the microwave or on a double broiler on the stove.Once melted, add in the sea salt, peppercorn, garlic powder, and thyme. Mix. Next, using a basting brush, brush your herb butter mix on the top and bottom of the turkey breast.

STEP 2: AIR FRY

Place the turkey breast in your air fryer skin side diwn.Set your Air Fryer to 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.Then at the halfway mark of about 22/23 minutes, flip the breast with tongs. Continue to cook. If the breast is getting to dary cover with aluminum foil.

STEP 3: REST

Finally, allow your turkey rest. Resting will allow all the juices to return to the bird before slicing

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

There is no need to make in advance as this cooking method will clear up precious oven space for other items that you need to cook. Therefore, all your side dishes will be done at the same time.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store your leftover roast turkey in an airtight container or cover well with foil. You can enjoy up to 3-4 days after cooking.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Place your slice turkey in a freezer bag or other airtight container and place in the freezer for up to three months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS ROASTED TURKEY RECIPE

Reheat on the stovetop with a little turkey broth to keep it moist or try this Thanksgiving Turkey Panini.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN IS THE TURKEY BREAST DONE?

The turkey should be at an internal temperature of 160 degrees, using an instant read thermometer or a meat thermometer.

HOW BIG A TURKEY BREAST CAN I COOK?

To ensure that your whole turkey breast fits, measure your air fryer basket and see what size is appropriate, the new larger fryers can easily hold a 5 pound turkey breast. The size of the breast will effect your cook time, so make sure to use a thermometer to make sure the meat is cooked.

CAN I USE A FROZEN TURKEY BREAST?

No, it is not advisable to use a frozen turkey breast in your air fryer.

SHOULD I COOK THE TURKEY WITH THE SKIN AND THE BONE-IN?

The skin and the bone help retain flavor and moisture, so it is recommended to leave both in, however, you can remove either if it is your preference, just baste more often in the cooking process to keep from getting too dry.

A closeup on the turkey dinner.

Expert Tips for Making This Turkey Breast in Air Fryer Recipe

  • Preheat: It is important to run your air fryer to preheat before cooking for best results.
  • Add Fresh: You can use dried herbs and ground pepper but the fresh herbs really improves the flavor of air fried turkey breast. Use your favorites onions or celery too add flavor too.
  • Butter: Try different compound butters to really boost the flavor of your turkey. For example, fresh Sage, rosemary and a little fresh lemon zest really can elevate the flavor.
  • Gravy: Here is a great recipe to make your own.
  • Dietary consideration tip: If you are lactose intolerant, you can use any type of oil you desire for this recipe. Olive oil, avocado oil etc are all good.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Turkey Breast

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Air Fryer Turkey Breast sliced on a plate.
5 from 7 votes

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Air Fryer Turkey Breast allows you to feed your family Thanksgiving dinner quality turkey in less than an hour. It's crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.
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Ingredients

  • 2 pound turkey breast, w/ skin
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh peppercorn, grinded well
  • 2 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 4 sprigs thyme, remove from stem

Instructions

  • Melt your butter in the microwave or on a double broiler on the stove.
  • Once melted, add in the sea salt, peppercorn, garlic, and thyme. Mix.
  • Using a basting brush, brush your butter mix on the top and bottom of the turkey breast.
  • Place the turkey breast in your air fryer.
  • Set your Air Fryer to 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.
  • At the halfway mark of about 22/23 minutes, flip the breast with tongs. Continue to cook.
  • Once the air fryer has finished cooking, cut and serve!
  • Top with cranberry sauce, gravy, or eat as is! Enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Preheat: It is important to run your air fryer to preheat before cooking for best results.
  • Add Fresh: You can use dried herbs and ground pepper but the fresh herbs really improves the flavor. Use your favorites onions or celery too add flavor too.
  • Butter: Try different compound butters to really boost the flavor of your turkey. For example, fresh Sage, rosemary and a little fresh lemon zest really can elevate the flavor.
  • Gravy: Here is a great recipe to make your own.
  • Dietary consideration tip: If you are lactose intolerant, you can use any type of oil you desire for this recipe. Olive oil, avocado oil etc are all good.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 2303mg | Potassium: 608mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 457IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, turkey

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2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Turkey Breast”

  1. 5 stars
    We are having a smaller Thanksgiving this year and I am so excited to make this. I tested it out last week and it was so delicious!

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  2. 5 stars
    Thanks a lot for this amazing and super easy to make turkey breast recipe! It’s really tasty and very flavorful! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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