Perfectly Juicy Turkey Breast Recipe
The best turkey breast recipe isn't baked in the slow cooker but in the oven with wine, lemon, and butter for a chewy turkey breast every time. The best turkey breast recipe Cooking a full-fledged turkey for a crowd is usually reserved only once a year - Happy Thanksgiving! But if you're cooking for a […]

The best turkey breast recipe isn't baked in the slow cooker but in the oven with wine, lemon, and butter for a chewy turkey breast every time.

Sliced ​​roasted turkey breast on white platter with roasted garlic clove and fresh herbs

The best turkey breast recipe

Cooking a full-fledged turkey for a crowd is usually reserved only once a year - Happy Thanksgiving! But if you're cooking for a small gathering, or even just for two, cooking a smaller roast turkey breast is a really good idea. And really, Thanksgiving isn't the only time to talk about turkey. Sure, it's a popular protein during the holidays, but when it's as easy to roast a turkey breast as it is to cook a chicken, it should be considered a dinner contender any time of the year.

Turkey. It's not just for sandwiches anymore.

My Turkey Breast Recipe Tips make for a perfect oven roasted turkey breast that's juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside and ready to gobble up, served with all the fixins', in my favorite turkey pie, or yes, even as awesome turkey and grilled cheese sandwich.

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What's in this roasted turkey breast?

When it comes to cooking turkey breasts, I've found that keeping it simple is the answer.

There is no need for brine or dry rub, just a handful of fresh herbs and aromatics.

The only ingredients you will need for this roast turkey breast recipe are:

  • turkey breast (best with bone and skin)
  • butter (salted or unsalted, I use salted but it's your choice)
  • white wine (always use the same quality you drink)
  • lemon
  • cloves of garlic
  • fresh thyme
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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How to prepare the turkey breast

I use the same technique for cooking the turkey breasts as for the roast chicken. And just like my whole roast chicken or my best baked chicken breasts, this is a recipe that easily adapts to boneless turkey breasts.

Keep skin on and dare for maximum flavor and hydration. Cooking meat on the bone helps prevent poultry from drying out. The skin also retains moisture.

Add softened butter under the skin for flavor. Gently work your fingers under the skin and pull it away from the turkey meat before sliding the soft butter under the skin. Also squeeze the butter onto the top of the skin. While the turkey is cooking, the butter melts into the meat and helps brown the skin.

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How to cook a turkey breast

Add herbs and wine to soak up the flavor. Before or after buttering, place the turkey breast on the high-rimmed baking sheet and pour the wine over the turkey. Use a decent white wine, something you would be happy to drink. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon to the turkey and sprinkle fresh thyme leaves and a few cloves of garlic in the wine for an even more succulent flavor. If the liquid evaporates while the turkey is cooking, add more wine, water or chicken broth to the pan so the aromatics do not burn.

Always season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Even if you skip all of the above steps, still season the turkey with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Kosher salt has a flatter surface than table salt and is less pungent with a smoother taste.

Roast at high temperature then rest. Cook the turkey at 400 ° F to seal in the juices and brown the skin. Let the turkey rest for 10 minutes before slicing so that the hot juices settle back into the meat. The turkey will continue to cook while standing and will reach the recommended internal temperature of 160 ° F. The turkey breast should be cooked.

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How long to cook a turkey breast per pound

I typically cook two bone-in turkey breasts trimmed into two split breasts totaling 3 pounds (1 1/2 pounds each). If you can't find smaller, split breasts, look for 6 1/2 to 7 pound breast and split breast in half.

If you cook a 3-pound bone-in breast half, the cooking time will be longer.

The secret to a juicy bird that won't dry out is roasting it at high heat in a 400 ° F oven. High temperature cooking seals in the juice while creating a skin crispy and golden.

Cooking the boneless turkey breast

Cooking boneless, boneless turkey breasts at 400 ° F, I estimate about 12 minutes cooking time per pound for boneless turkey where two 1 1/2 pound cutlets should cook in 30 minutes or when it registers an internal temperature 150 to 155 ° F when tested with a meat thermometer.

If you are cooking a skin-on rolled turkey breast (shaped and knotted in a roast), cook for 20 minutes per pound. Attached to a roast, the meat is denser and takes longer to cook. Start checking the temperature at about 45 minutes, knowing that cooking may take 1 hour.

Cooking bone-in turkey breast

For a single, bone-in 3 pound turkey breast, I give it 17 to 20 minutes per pound at 400 ° F, or 45 to 60 minutes until the thickest part of the meat is 150-155 ° F. Start checking the cooking temperature at about 45 minutes. Again, two split bone-in breasts totaling 3 pounds cook faster than a single 3-pound bone-in breast. Tempt the bird with foil if the skin begins to brown too much.

If you are cooking bone in split turkey breasts at the lower temperature of 350 ° F, roast for 20 minutes per pound.

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Should I use white wine?

For this roast turkey breast recipe, I used a canned pinot grigio that I keep on hand for cooking. If wine is not your thing, chicken broth or even plain old water will add moisture to the oven and the bird.

Can I use other herbs?

Of course! Oven-roasted turkey breast is delicious with most fresh herbs. Fresh sage and rosemary would also be great additions to this turkey.

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Juicy roasted turkey breast

Roasted Turkey Breast can easily be cooked anytime of the year for healthy eating, meal prep, and of course, added to your Thanksgiving meal for many white turkey meat lovers.

Total time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3 pounds bone-in turkey breast , with the skin
  • 2 soup spoons Butter
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic sliced ​​in half lengthwise
  • 1 Chopped off White wine
  • 4-6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • kosher salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 ° F. Rinse the turkey breast and pat dry. With your fingers, carefully separate the skin from the turkey meat, then spread the softened butter under the skin.

  2. Place turkey breast in a roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour the wine over the chest, then squeeze the lemon onto the chest. Season with kosher salt and pepper then sprinkle the garlic cloves and thyme in the wine.

  3. Roast the turkey for 30 minutes for boneless breasts or 45 to 60 minutes for bone-in breasts or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the breast reaches 150-155 ° F. If necessary, add more of wine in the pan while the turkey is cooking so that the aromatics do not burn.

  4. Cover with foil and rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing, internal temperature will rise to 160 ° F when standing. Reserve pan juices for the sauce, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Cooking the boneless turkey breast

Cooking boneless, boneless turkey breasts at 400 ° F, I estimate about 12 minutes cooking time per pound for boneless turkey where two 1 1/2 pound cutlets should cook in 30 minutes or when it registers an internal temperature 150 to 155 ° F when tested with a meat thermometer.

If you are cooking a skin-on rolled turkey breast (shaped and knotted in a roast), cook for 20 minutes per pound. Attached to a roast, the meat is denser and takes longer to cook. Start checking the temperature at about 45 minutes, knowing that cooking may take 1 hour.

Cooking bone-in turkey breast

For a single, bone-in 3-pound turkey breast, I give it 17 to 20 minutes per pound, or 45 to 60 minutes until the thickest part of the meat reaches 150 to 155 ° F. Start checking the cooking temperature to about 45 minutes. Again, two split bone-in breasts totaling 3 pounds cook faster than a single 3-pound bone-in breast. Tempt the bird with foil if the skin begins to brown too much.

Nutritional intake

Juicy roasted turkey breast

Quantity per serving

Calories 105 Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value *

Fat 6g9%

Saturated fat 4g25%

Cholesterol 15 mg5%

Sodium 54 mg2%

Potassium 61 mg2%

Carbohydrates 3g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 222IU4%

Vitamin C 9 mg11%

Calcium 13 mg1%

The iron 1 mg6%

* Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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