Turkey Breast Recipe

Turkey Breast Recipe

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast


  • 1 whole turkey breast (bone-in, skin-on), about 1.8-2.7 kilograms
  • 30 millilitres (2 tablespoons) olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 240 millilitres (1 cup) chicken or turkey broth
  • 120 millilitres (1/2 cup) white wine (optional)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 175°C (350°F).

  2. Prepare the Turkey Breast:

    • Rinse the turkey breast under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.
    • Place the turkey breast on a cutting board, and if necessary, trim any excess skin or fat.
  3. Season the Turkey:

    • In a small bowl, mix together the dried thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
    • Rub the turkey breast with olive oil, ensuring it's well-coated.
    • Sprinkle the herb and spice mixture evenly over the entire surface of the turkey breast, massaging it into the skin.
  4. Truss the Turkey:

    • If your turkey breast has a bone, consider trussing it with kitchen twine to help it cook more evenly.
  5. Prepare the Roasting Pan:

    • Place a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Pour the chicken or turkey broth into the bottom of the pan. If desired, add white wine for extra flavour.
  6. Roast the Turkey:

    • Place the seasoned turkey breast on the roasting rack, skin side up.
    • Roast in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes per kilogram, or until the internal temperature reaches 74°C (165°F).
    • Baste the turkey with pan juices every 30 minutes to keep it moist.
  7. Check for Doneness:

    • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature in the thickest part of the turkey breast. Ensure it reaches 74°C (165°F) for safe consumption.
  8. Rest the Turkey:

    • Once the turkey is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, keeping the meat juicy.
  9. Carve and Serve:

    • Carve the turkey into slices and arrange on a serving platter.
    • Serve the turkey breast with your favourite sides and enjoy!

This herb-roasted turkey breast is flavourful and moist, making it a perfect centrepiece for a smaller gathering or a delicious addition to your holiday table.

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