Simple Roast Turkey Breast

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Turkey is the main event in many holiday dinners. If you're cooking for a smaller group this year, try my simple roast turkey breast!

Simple Roast Turkey Breast

Turkey is the main event of many holiday dinners.  Personally, I prefer turkey over ham for the holidays.  My family always makes turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they are likely my two favorite meals of the year!  My mom always makes sure to order the largest turkey she can possibly find, since we love to have leftovers and share with our family who comes to celebrate with us.  

While I am certain we will celebrate with a massive turkey again, this year is looking very different.  I still want to make turkey, but it will be a much smaller group this year.  Roasting turkey breast is the best way to get that turkey dinner without having more leftovers than you know what to do with.  

I made my turkey breasts with a simple rub on them which was delicious! It uses small breasts with no bone.  This recipe can be adjusted to make one large breast with the bone-in.  However, you will need to increase your cooking time from what I have in this recipe!

Simple Roast Turkey Breast

How to Make a Great Simple Roast Turkey Breast

While the full recipe instructions are available below, here are some tips to make a great main turkey dish!

  • Turkey Breasts: for this recipe, I used four small turkey breasts with the skin on and bones removed.  If you prefer to use one larger turkey breast with the bone in, be sure to increase your cooking time to reflect this.  The rest of the ingredients should not have to be adjusted.  Be sure to pat your turkey dry with a paper towel before preparing it for cooking.  This is important because it helps to get that crispy skin we all love!
  • Roasting Pan: I recommend cooking your turkey in a roasting pan or baking dish.  Place a small rack inside the pan to place the turkey on.  This allows the drippings from the turkey to be collected in the pan, which you can use to make the perfect gravy!
  • Rub: once you have patted your turkey dry, place the turkey breasts on the rack in the roasting pan.  Mix the ingredients for the rub together and spread evenly over all of the turkey breasts.  Add some dry white wine and chicken broth to the bottom of the pan.  It is important that you do not pour the wine or broth over the turkey, because it will wash away your rub and prevent the skin from getting crispy.
  • Gravy: once your turkey is cooked through, remove it from the pan and place it on a serving dish and cover with foil for approximately 10 minutes.  You can serve the turkey with the pan juices poured over it.  However, my favorite way to use the pan drippings is to make the perfect turkey gravy!
Simple Roast Turkey Breast

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Simple Roast Turkey Breast

Turkey is the main event in many holiday dinners. If you’re cooking for a smaller group this year, try my simple roast turkey breast!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 4 turkey breasts (approximately 6 to 8 oz each)
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.  Pat the turkey breasts dry and place on a rack inside a roasting pan.  In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the rosemary, thyme, sage, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic.  Spread it evenly over all sides of the turkey breasts.  Pour the white wine and chicken broth into the bottom of the pan, making sure not to pour it on the turkey breasts.
  2. Place in the oven and cook for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the largest part of the breast reads 165F.  Remove turkey from the pan and place on a serving dish.  Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.  Serve with the pan juices poured over the breasts, or use the pan juices to make the perfect turkey gravy.

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