Roasted Turkey Breast

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This Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe results in a flavorful, juicy turkey with crispy skin! 5-minutes of prep time and then let it roast. It’s so easy, delicious and perfect for smaller gatherings.

roast turkey breast with slices

Roast Turkey Breast Recipe

Everyone needs a recipe for a delicious Classic Roast Turkey Breast, and this one is just perfect. The turkey always turns out juicy and flavorful, making it a great choice for smaller families or as an alternative to cooking a whole turkey.

Another way to cook a turkey breast is in the slow cooker or make a turkey breast in the instant pot.

What You’ll Need

  • Turkey breast- Aim for a turkey breast that is 5 to 7 lbs.
  • Butter– Butter helps to get that golden skin that is perfectly crispy
  • Seasoning: To season the turkey breast you’ll need poultry seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Onion, Lemons, and Garlic– These aromatics add extra flavor to the turkey breast while roasting.

How To Make Roasted Turkey Breast

  • Prep the turkey: Place the turkey in a baking dish. In a small bowl, melt the butter. Add the seasonings. Mix. Quarter the onion, slice the lemon and garlic in half, and place them around the turkey. Coat the turkey with the butter mixture.
  • Roast the turkey: Roast the turkey in the oven and cook for 2 to 2.5 hours. Turkey is done when it is 165 degrees. Remove the turkey from the oven and cover it with foil, loosely. Let rest for 20 minutes. Slice and serve.
roast turkey breast with aromatics in a baking dish

Tips and Tricks

  • Storing Leftovers: Store any leftover turkey in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 3 days and can be used in salads, sandwiches, or reheated for another meal.
  • Making Gravy: The pan juices from the roast turkey make a fabulous homemade turkey gravy.
  • Additional Aromatics: Along with the onion, lemons, and garlic, you can also add chopped carrots and celery around the turkey for extra flavor during roasting.
  • If the skin is not browning enough, you can increase the oven temperature to 425°F for the last 15 minutes of cooking. Just make sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
  • For a twist on traditional flavors, try using different herbs and spices in your seasoning mix. Rosemary, thyme, sage, and even chili powder can add unique and delicious flavors to your roasted turkey breast.
  • Don’t forget to let the turkey rest before slicing! This allows the juices to redistribute, making for a juicier and more flavorful turkey.
roast turkey breast dinner on a plate

Common Questions

Can I use this Recipe for a Whole Turkey?

This recipe is specifically for a bone-in turkey breast, but you can adjust the cooking time and double the ingredients for a whole turkey. Just make sure to use a meat thermometer to check when it reaches 165°F.

Can I use this Recipe for Other Types of Poultry?

While this recipe is written for turkey breast, it can also be used for chicken breasts or even a whole chicken. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Do I have to Baste the Turkey while Cooking?

It’s not necessary, but basting can add extra flavor and moisture to the turkey. If you choose to baste, try using a combination of melted butter and broth for best results.

roasted turkey breast in a glass baking dish

Side Dishes To Serve With Roasted Turkey Breast

Some classic holiday side dishes that pair well with turkey include mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and stuffing. However, feel free to get creative and add your own personal favorites to the menu! Other popular options include roasted vegetables, sweet potato casserole, and dinner rolls.

roast turkey breast in a pan

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Roasted Turkey Breast

This Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe results in a flavorful, juicy turkey with crispy skin! 5-minutes of prep time and then let it roast. It's so easy, delicious and perfect for smaller gatherings.
Servings: 6
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours 35 minutes


  • 5-7 pound turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 onion
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 bulb garlic


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees with the rack lowered.
  • Place your turkey breast in a 9×13 baking dish.
  • In a small bowl melt your butter and stir in the poultry seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Quarter the onion, slice the lemons and garlic in half and place around the turkey breast.
  • Coat the turkey breast in the butter mixture.
  • Place the turkey in the oven and cook for 2-2.5 hours until a thermometer reaches 165 degrees at the thickest part of the breast.
  • Remove from the oven, loosley over with foil and let rest 15-20 minutes.
  • Slice and serve!

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Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 82g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 1199mg | Potassium: 1017mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3mg


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