Easy Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe. The easiest roasted turkey breast recipe ever, juicy oven roasted turkey with the perfectly crispy skin. The perfect recipe for when you want oven baked turkey but don’t want to cook a full sized turkey.
Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
This Easy Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe is so easy to make and you end up with a perfectly juicy roasted turkey breast with the perfectly crispy turkey skin. If you are wanting to make turkey dinner as a weeknight meal or you are wanting a traditional holiday meal but on a smaller scale making a turkey breast is a great option. You get all the amazing flavors you love from an oven roasted turkey without the long cook time that is needed for a full turkey.
Whenever I make this easy oven roasted turkey breast I always make my favorite homemade turkey gravy! It takes just a few minutes to make which is perfect for making while the turkey is resting when you take it out of the oven.
Side Dish Recipes that go with Turkey
If you are making this roasted turkey breast as a holiday meal then you are going to want to have all the tasty sides that go along with it. Be sure to check out all of the holiday side dish recipes that pair perfectly with it.
If you are making baked turkey breasts for a weeknight meal I suggest doing 2-3 sides and a salad to complete the meal. That will also make it so there are leftover for the next day to be enjoyed.
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- Smashed Potatoes
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- Parmesan Asparagus
What type of turkey breast do I use?
There are a few different ways that you can purchase turkey breast. A whole turkey breast, split turkey breast and boneless turkey breast. Personally I prefer the whole turkey breast but you can make this recipe with all 3 types.
Whole turkey breast. When cooking a whole turkey breast you are cooking 2 turkey breast pieces that have been left together with the connecting bone in the meat.
Split turkey breast. A split turkey breast is one breast attached to the bone but half of the whole turkey breast.
Boneless turkey breast. Boneless turkey breast is the turkey breast meat completely removed from the bone.
You will need 1 6-7 pound full bone-in turkey breast (two breasts, still joined at the breast bone), 2 split bone-in turkey breasts equalling 6-7 pounds both will feed 6-8 people or you can use a 3 pound boneless turkey breast (that will feed 2-4 people) to make this recipe.
How many servings is a turkey breast?
The amount of servings you will get from a turkey breast depends on the size of the turkey breast. When I am making Turkey breast I plan on 1 pound of cooked turkey for an adult and 1/2 pound of cooked turkey for a child.
When you are cooking a turkey breast with the bone in you want to have roughly 1 1/4 pounds raw turkey breast to get to the 1 pound per person. A 6-7 pound bone in turkey breast will feed 6-8 people.
If you are cooking a turkey breast with out the bone in it then you want 1/2 pound to 3/4 of a pound per person, a 3 pound boneless turkey breast will feed 2-4 people.
How Many minutes per pound should you cook a turkey breast?
If you have a bone in turkey breast you want to cook it for roughly 15 minutes per pound. You want to check the turkey breast to be sure the thickest part hits 165°F with a meat thermometer. It will take roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes for a 6 pound turkey to bake in the oven with a bone in turkey breast.
If you are cooking a boneless turkey breast that is about 3 pounds, then it will be done in about 50 minutes.
Tips for Making a Juicy Turkey Breast
Use a thermometer. When you are checking the temperature, be sure to use a meat thermometer and put it in the thickest part of the meat, be sure not to hit the bone.
Allow the meat the rest. When you remove the turkey from the oven allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
Make sure the turkey is dry before seasoning. After removing the turkey breast from the package you will want to rinse it off. After rinsing use a paper towel to pat the turkeye breast dry and then season it.
Roasted Split Turkey Breast Ingredients
- Bone-in turkey breast or Split bone-in turkey breasts
- Unsalted butter, softened
- Chopped fresh sage
- Coarse sea salt
- Ground black pepper
Roasted Split Turkey Breast Directions
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Place turkey breast on a rack in a roasting pan.
In a small bowl, stir together butter, sage, salt and pepper.
Loosen skin over turkey and rub about half of the butter mixture under skin.
Rub remaining butter all over the turkey.
Roast in the middle of the oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 165°F or juices run clear when a paring a knife is poked in the thickest part of breast.
Leftover Turkey Recipes
Whenever I make turkey there are always leftovers and thankfully there are tons of things to make with left over turkey!
These are essentials for pretty much every recipe! They also make great gifts for those just starting to cook or moving out on their own.
Roasted Turkey Breast
- 7 pound full bone-in turkey breast or 2 split bone-in turkey breasts
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 2 tablespoons fresh sage chopped
- 1 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place turkey breast on a rack in a roasting pan. In a small bowl, stir together butter, sage, salt and pepper.
- Loosen skin over turkey and rub about half of the butter mixture under skin. Rub remaining butter all over the turkey.
- Roast in the middle of the oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 165°F or juices run clear when a paring a knife is poked in the thickest part of breast.