Air Fryer Turkey Breast


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Air Fryer turkey breast has extra crispy skin with tender, juicy meat and it’s very easy to make!

A turkey breast is a perfect way for a smaller crowd to enjoy a holiday meal but it’s also a great way to make turkey an everyday kind of meal!

A plate of sliced air fryer turkey breast

Ingredients

Turkey Breast This recipe uses a single boneless turkey breast, about 2 pounds. You’ll want to ensure it is small enough to fit in the air fryer without touching the top of it.

Seasonings A little bit of olive oil helps with browning (and helps the seasonings stick). I keep it simple with some poultry seasoning and fresh herbs if you have them (and of course salt & pepper).

Turkey breast on a cutting board seasoned with herbs

How Long to Cook a Turkey Breast in the Air Fryer

Since you’ll be using a smaller breast to ensure it fits, this cooks fairly quickly (and needs less time than a whole chicken since it’s boneless).

Just like making oven-roasted turkey breast, you want the skin to crisp up while keeping the meat juicy.

I cook a 2 pound turkey breast for about 45 minutes. Keep in mind, cook time can vary based on the shape of your turkey breast (or the brand and size of your air fryer). A thinner flatter shape will cook through quicker while a thicker rounder turkey breast will need longer. I tested this recipe with various turkey breasts in a 5.8qt Cosori air fryer.

Check It Early

The great thing about an air fryer is that you can easily open it up and check the temperature of the turkey breast a bit early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

It should reach an internal temperature of 165°F on a thermometer. A thermometer is a very inexpensive investment to ensure the meat is always cooked to juicy perfection without overcooking!

A turkey breast cooked in an air fryer basket

Tips for Juicy Turkey

  • Do not overcook.
  • Use a thermometer to ensure it reaches 165°F.
  • Check the turkey breast early, air fryers can vary (and the shape of the turkey breast can also change cook time slightly).
  • Rest 5-10 minutes before cutting. Be sure to remove it from the air fryer basket while resting.

A close up of sliced air fryer turkey breast

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Review Recipe

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
A juicy turkey breast with crispy skin is easy to make in the air fryer.

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless turkey breast 2-2 ½ pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs* optional

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Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Rub turkey breast with olive oil and season with poultry seasoning, kosher salt & black pepper.
  • Place turkey breast in the air fryer, skin side down.
  • Cook 20 minutes. Flip the turkey breast over, skin side up and cook an additional 25-30 minutes or until it reaches 165°F.
  • Remove from the basket and rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes

For fresh herbs I use a combination of rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley to total 1 tablespoon. Some grocery stores sell a small package of "poultry herbs" which has a mixture (they're great added to stuffing too).
Do not overcook. Check the turkey breast early, air fryers can vary (and the shape of the turkey breast can also change cook time slightly). Ensure turkey reaches 165°F.
Rest 5-10 minutes before slicing. Be sure to remove it from the air fryer basket while resting.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 243, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 43g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 105mg, Sodium: 402mg, Potassium: 492mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 39IU, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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