Roast Turkey Breast

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Roast Turkey Breast is an easy way to enjoy turkey without having to roast a whole bird. It’s great for a smaller serving or for any time of year when you’re craving easy home cooked turkey (and is perfect for turkey sandwiches too)!

This roast turkey breast recipe comes out tender and juicy every time, don’t forget the cranberry sauce!

Roast Turkey Breast ready to serveThanksgiving Turkey

We love Thanksgiving around here, and turkey is always the star of the show. We always prepare a few other dishes like stuffing and mashed potatoes, but a full turkey dinner takes a lot of work. This roasted turkey breast solves that! It is as simple as seasoning the turkey breast roast and putting it in the oven! It couldn’t be easier!

Roast Turkey Breast

Our Thanksgiving meal comes with all the fixin’s from Sausage Stuffing to Corn Casserole. I love the planning, the shopping… and the friends and family around the table.

Sometimes we celebrate family Thanksgiving a week or two before (based on the snowy roads and out of town guests) so when Thanksgiving day rolls around, we often do a smaller roast turkey breast for just the 4 of us. It’s quick and easy and cooks up in no time flat.

We also love using this for simple turkey soups, hot turkey sandwiches or in place of chicken in recipes like chicken salad. It works for just about everything!

Turkey breast with fresh herbs ready to bake (roast turkey breast recipe)

How To Cook A Turkey Breast

Roast Turkey Breast is super easy to master but requires one simple tool, a thermometer. You guys, if you don’t have one you need one.

They are not expensive (under $20) and will not only make you look like a rockstar of a cook, but an inexpensive thermometer will ensure your meat is never dry or overcooked again! I use them for everything (especially leaner cuts of meat) from Pork Tenderloin to Oven Baked Chicken Breasts.

I love the kind that are left in the meat while it’s in the oven and you can keep an eye on it like this thermometer here (not opening the oven is a huge time saver). 

The second thing that makes this roast turkey breast amazing is starting the oven at a higher temp. This seals the juices into the meat right away to keep it from drying it out.

And finally, it is super important to rest a turkey breast roast (or any meat for that matter) before slicing. The juices raise to the outside of the meat during roasting. Resting it allows them to be redistributed throughout before you slice into it!

Roast Turkey Breast fresh out of the oven ready to be sliced

How To Roast A Bone In Turkey Breast

The method for roasting a bone in turkey breast is the same as this boneless turkey breast, but the cooking time may increase depending on size.

The bone affects the way that heat is distributed throughout the meat. The meat touching the bone has an extra layer of insulation, so it will take a bit longer to cook. Just check the temperature with a meat thermometer, being careful not to hit the bone. It should read 165°F!

How Long To Roast A Turkey Breast

Roast Turkey Breast is incredibly fast to make compared to a whole turkey!

This 3 pound boneless turkey roast cooks in about about 50 minutes. The turkey breast should have an internal temperature of 165°F when a meat thermometer is inserted into the largest part of the breast. Again, don’t forget to rest it before you slice into it! A large bone in turkey breast (approx. 6 lbs) will take 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hrs to cook depending on size.

Roast Turkey breast, sausage stuffing and cranberry sauce. The perfect easy Thanksgiving meal

How To Reheat Roasted Turkey Breast

You can do this easily in a microwave, oven, or on the stovetop very easily! Just watch that you are heating it and not cooking further.

To keep it juicy while you heat it up, add a splash of turkey broth or chicken stock to the meat before you heat it up. It will taste like it just got roasted every time!

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Roast Turkey Breast

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Roast turkey breast is an easy way to enjoy turkey without having to roast a whole bird. This easy roast turkey breast recipe comes out tender and juicy every time, making it the ideal dinner for any night. Don’t forget the cranberry sauce!


  • 1 boneless turkey breast approx. 2.5-3.5lbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 3 tablespoon fresh herbs chopped *see note
  • salt and black pepper

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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Tie the turkey breast (if it is not tied or in a net already).
  3. Brush the turkey breast with olive oil. Generously sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh herbs.
  4. Place the turkey breast in a small casserole dish and nestle onions (and extra herbs if desired) alongside the turkey.
  5. Roast the boneless turkey breast for 15 minutes.

  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and roast an additional 25-40 minutes until temperature in the thickest part reaches 165°F.

  7. Remove from oven and let rest 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes

Herbs: I use a combination of parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.
Cooking time will vary based shape and size of turkey breast.
This method works with bone in turkey breast as well. Preheat oven to 425°F and cook 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F.  A large bone in turkey breast (approx. 6 lbs) will take 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hrs to cook depending on size.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 326, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 105mg, Sodium: 404mg, Potassium: 593mg, Carbohydrates: 5g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 45g, Vitamin A: 40%, Vitamin C: 2.8%, Calcium: 63%, Iron: 2.1%

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

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