The Best Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe - delicious juicy roasted turkey breast perfect for Thanksgiving dinner for two to four guests!
Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is one of the easiest dishes to make for Thanksgiving - it is smaller so it cooks faster than an entire turkey, plus it's the perfect amount of turkey for 2-3 guests.
This baked turkey breast is the perfect dishes to make for a 2 person Thanksgiving, without committing to leftovers for ages.
If you're hosting a small dinner or Thanksgiving, this easy turkey breast is the perfect recipe - and all you need is a couple of basic ingredients, an oven, a baking sheet or roasting pan, and and a wire rack!
I hope you love this juicy, never-dry baked turkey breast as much as I do!
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- How To Bake Turkey Breast
- How To Make Turkey for Two People
- What to Serve With Roasted Turkey
- Recipe FAQs
- The Best Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe
How To Bake Turkey Breast
Baking a turkey breast is easy - and a great solution for Thanksgiving dinners for small groups or families.
There are a couple simple steps to be sure to follow when roasting a turkey breast in the oven to be sure the turkey doesn't dry out.
Brine Turkey Breast
Brining Turkey helps to lock in the turkey's moisture so it doesn't dry out during baking time - and helps to eliminate the need for basting as your turkey cooks.
A simple brine is all you need to make your turkey breast a knockout - try my delicious easy turkey brine recipe below:
Easy Turkey Brine Recipe
This easy turkey brine is perfect for an entire turkey - or just a turkey breast - and is easy to whip up.
Place brine and turkey in a plastic bag and refrigerate until ready to cook.
Do not use turkey brine after raw turkey has been in it - always discard excess.
Easy Turkey Brine Ingredients:
- 1 cup kosher salt
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 gallon vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
- 1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary
- 2 teaspoons savory
- 1 gallon ice cubes
Easy Turkey Brine Ingredients:
- Bring all ingredients, except ice to a boil.
- After you reach a rolling boil, turn off heat and let cool.
- Combine cooled brine with ice inside a large bag in a beverage cooler, stock pot, or other large container with a tight fitting lid.
- Submerge turkey and seal container.
- Brine for at least 12 hours and up to 3 days – be sure to keep turkey cold with ice as it brines.
Butter Turkey Breast
Getting a delicious, crispy, golden brown crunch on a turkey breast is essential for tons of rich, meaty flavor - and adding butter to the uncooked turkey is a great way to help get your turkey a fabulous golden brown.
I try to use half a stick of butter around the turkey breast - rub it all over AND under the turkey skin - and half of the butter spread across the top of the turkey again halfway through cooking, when you take the foil tent off to help it get golden brown.
This will help your turkey crisp up for a perfect delicious crunchy skin!
How To Make Turkey for Two People
If you want to make an easy turkey dinner for two people, this turkey breast recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving - you will have enough for two diners, plus some extras for leftover sandwiches.
This baked turkey breast recipe serves 6 people one serving - but I think it is the perfect amount for a group of 2-4 people on Thanksgiving when we tend to eat a bit more than one serving!
Pick a turkey breast of around 7 pounds for up to 6 servings cooked turkey breast meat.
If you're looking for another delicious and super easy turkey breast recipe that you will love, check out my Slow Cooker Turkey Breast in Gravy Recipe!
It cooks right in gravy in your slow cooker for no-fail, never-dry turkey the whole family loves!
What to Serve With Roasted Turkey
This roasted turkey is easy and delicious - great for an unfussy Thanksgiving.
If you're looking for simple, delicious sides to go along with this roasted turkey breast, I have simple, delicious sides that are perfect to share for Thanksgiving!
Turkey is best when brined, to help preserve moisture and keep your turkey from drying out - but also to infuse flavor throughout the turkey breast.
When your turkey reaches 160 degrees internal temperature (use a thermometer and insert into the fattest part of turkey breast to get an accurate temperature), it is ready to come out of the oven.
Turkey is fully cooked and safe to eat at 165 degrees - but turkey will carryover cook the extra five degrees after removing from oven. Let rest for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
The Best Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe
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The Best Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe - delicious juicy roasted turkey breast perfect for Thanksgiving dinner for two or three!
- 7 lb bone-in skin-on turkey breast
- 1 stick butter
- 1 tbsp Italian Herbs Blend
- 1 tsp pink sea salt
- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Optional Aromatics:
- 1 medium onion chopped into large slices
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 sprigs Thyme
- 1 orange or lemon, sliced thin
Pat turkey dry with paper towels.
Generously rub turkey breast with softened butter - rub butter all around turkey, and carefully lift up skin to rub butter under turkey skin, too.
Stuff turkey breast cavity with aromatics.
Add chicken stock to the bottom of Instant Pot.
Coat turkey breast with herbs and spices.
Place turkey on metal rack in roasting pan or over a baking sheet.
Tent turkey loosely with foil.
Roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour; baste turkey breast with remaining butter mixture.
Return to oven and roast until the juices run clear and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast, not touching bone, reads 165 degrees.
Tent with foil for at least 10 minutes before carving.
Let turkey breast rest 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 385
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