Roast Turkey Breast (One Pan)
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Easy Thanksgiving roast turkey breast recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pan. Loaded with garlic, herbs and butter. Baked until crispy and golden on the outside but moist and tender on the inside. Also known as baked turkey breast.
This recipe is the perfect Thanksgiving dinner choice for a smaller crowd or gathering. If you don’t have the number of guests or the time to roast a whole turkey, this recipe is just for you. This is also a much cheaper option that a whole turkey. It’s a win-win!
It is tender, juicy, flavorful and perfect for your next holiday party. Also, leftovers make a delicious sandwich for lunches throughout the week. In case you do have a huge crowd to feed, try this whole turkey recipe: How To Make Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe (One Pan).
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How to cook a turkey breast in the oven? How to roast a turkey breast?
- Loosen skin– Start off by loosening the skin of the turkey breast.
- Spread butter– Spread half the butter under the skin, and the remainder on top of the breast.
- Bake it– Place turkey on a lined baking tray, and bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Reduce temperature– Reduce to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Baste often with turkey drippings and juices.
- Optional step– When you see the skin is nice and golden brown, cover the top with aluminum foil. This will protect it from becoming too brown and dry.
- Check Temperature- Prior to removing turkey from oven, insert a thermometer in the thickest part. If the internal temperature reads 165 degrees, it’s ready.
- Cover turkey– Cover with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- Garnish– Add fresh parsley. Then slice and enjoy.
What is turkey breast temperature? (internal temperature to check it’s done)
The internal temperature in the thickest portion of the turkey should read 165 degrees F.
How long to cook a turkey breast per pound?
This cooking time can vary, depending on how big or small the turkey breast is. Typically, it needs to be cooked for about 20 minutes per pound.
How much turkey breast do you need per person?
For an uncooked bone-in turkey, you will need about 1.25 pounds per person. If you use an uncooked boneless turkey breast, you’ll need about 3/4 pounds per person.
Smoked turkey breast– Use liquid smoke or use an actual meat smoker.
Skinless turkey breast– Roast the same way except no need to butter the skin since it is not there.
Stuffed turkey breast– Stuff the breast with dressing, and then roast according to directions.
Bacon wrapped turkey breast– Prep turkey according to directions. Then weave bacon slices around the whole breast. Roast on a wire rack in the pan so that the bottom will crisp too.
Other herbs and spices– Try Jerk, Mexican, BBQ, or Cajun seasonings.
Garnish options– Garnish with fresh basil, parsley, or cilantro.
Add wine– Add white wine to the herbed butter rub down of the turkey.
Other methods of cooking breast
Crockpot turkey breast/ slow cooker turkey breast- Prep according to recipe. Cook on low for 6 hours in an oval slow cooker. Then broil for 1-3 minutes to crisp skin.
Grilled turkey breast– Grill over indirect heat for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Deep fried turkey breast– Heat oil to 350 degrees. Carefully submerge the breast in the oil. Fry for 3 minutes per pound, plus an additional 5 minutes. Then remove turkey breast and let the oil drain for 10 minutes while also resting.
Tips and Techniques
Boneless turkey breast vs. Bone-in turkey breast– Bone-in will have more flavor and tends to be more moist than boneless. Either can be used, but it is up to your personal preference. I prefer bone-in.
Do you have to brine turkey breast? No, you do not have to brine the turkey for this recipe as long as you make sure to continually baste the turkey breast to retain moisture.
How to carve a turkey breast? Use a sharp long knife and slice down the breast bone along the center. Then cut under and along the rib bone. Then you can slice the breast to your desired thickness.
Baste the turkey– This ensures that the breast doesn’t dry out while roasting. Make sure to baste the turkey continually while roasting.
Cover the turkey- This is an optional step, but one I prefer. Once the turkey is browned, cover it with foil in order to help retain moisture.
Let is rest– This allows the turkey to absorb the juices back into the meat so that each slice remains moist, and the juices don’t just run out when you slice it.
What to do with leftovers? Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also use the meat for sandwiches, in pasta, on a salad, or in soup.
One Pan Thanksgiving Turkey Breast
Easy Thanksgiving roast turkey breast recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pan. Loaded with garlic, herbs, butter. Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside.
- 6 pound Turkey breast Bone-in
- 1/3 cup Garlic herb butter See note below on how to make this at home
Start off by loosening the skin of the turkey breast.
Spread half the butter under the skin, and spread the remainder on top of the breast.
Place the turkey on a baking tray, lined with foil paper.
Bake at 450 degrees F for about 20 minutes.
Then, reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Be sure baste often with turkey drippings and juices to prevent turkey from becoming dry.
Optional step: When you see the skin has become nice and golden brown, cover the top with aluminum foil. This will protect it from becoming too brown and dry. I always do this because it also keeps the turkey very moist.
Prior to removing turkey from oven, insert a thermometer in the thickest part. If the internal temperature reads 165 degrees, turkey is ready.
Cover turkey with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes.
The, garnish with fresh parsley, slice and enjoy.
- To make homemade garlic herb butter, mix together 1/3 cup softened unsalted butter, 1 tsp finely minced garlic, 1 tsp finely grated ginger, 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves, 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves, 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves, 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley, salt to taste, pepper to taste.
- Read all my tips above.
- Tastes best when served immediately but leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Happy cooking everyone!