I’ll show you How To Cook (And Carve!) A Turkey Breast for the easiest turkey dinner ever! There’s need to cook a turkey for hours with this recipe!
Turkey is one of those things that you have once or maybe twice a year.
And every time we have it we wonder why we don’t make it more often! Turkey dinners are amazing, turkey leftovers are even better…
Why do we only seem to roast a turkey around the holidays?
Shame on us, I say.
First, let’s jump on over to a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. Obviously a turkey breast is just the breast – so it’s smaller and takes less time to cook.
Also you can usually fit a turkey breast in a regular 9″ x 13″ baking dish instead of dragging out the big roasting pan and roasting rack.
I’m telling you, this roasted turkey breast is so easy, you’ll be making it ALL the time.
How Long Does A Turkey Breast Cook In The Oven?
A typical turkey breast from the store is about 5-7 pounds. The roasting time per pound is about 20 minutes, so a 5 pound turkey breast is going to roast for about an hour and a half.
There’s those handy pop up timers on your bird, those are fine but I think I go more on the lighter side of 20 minutes per pound. So like instead of 100 minutes for that 5 pound bird I give it 90, or an hour and a half.
Turkey breast meat, or the white meat should register 165 on a meat thermometer so you can start checking that when you get close to the end of your cooking time.
Leftover Turkey Breast Recipes
Besides having a couple of nice dinners after you cook your turkey breast, let’s talk for a second about the leftover turkey recipes.
Because leftover turkey is the best leftover ingredient in the world.
Form the turkey meat to the bones, we use it all up. First up, our Homemade Turkey Soup recipe is definitely not to be missed. If you’ve never made turkey soup from scratch before, now is the time to try it.
Some of our other favorite leftover turkey recipes are this Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, Skillet Chicken Pot Pie (Swap out chicken for turkey) or for a fun appetizer, swap out the ground turkey for ground beef in these Fried Dumplings!
How To Cook A Turkey Breast
OK let’s get back to our first part of How To Cook (And Carve!) A Turkey Breast, starting with the cooking.
Make a fake rake of vegetables so that the turkey breast sits up a little instead of right on the pan. The vegetables are also going to flavor the turkey drippings too.
Rub the turkey with olive oil and softened butter to make the skin nice and brown and crisp when it comes out of the oven…nothing like picking off that turkey skin…
Season the turkey breast with lots of kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and herbs. I had rosemary today so that’s what I used, but you can use fresh thyme or sage if you prefer.
Now get that turkey breast into the oven to roast. Follow the 20 minutes per pound or just check out the instructions on the package. I had a 7 1/2 pound turkey breast so mine roasted for about 2 1/2 hours.
How To Carve A Turkey Breast
Carving a turkey breast really couldn’t be easier to do, so don’t get freaked out by it.
All you need to do is to cut each half of the breast out by running your knife down one side of the backbone like I’m showing you here –
Next run your knife from the top of the turkey breast down to the bottom so you can remove the whole breast. Repeat on the other side.
Now you can slice each part of the turkey breast into pieces like I have here –
You can definitely cut them thinner into slices too, an electric carving knife works great for thinner turkey slices!
Place your turkey meat on a platter and serve. Look at how juicy that turkey is! No dry turkey is going on my table…
There’s probably still some meat left on the carcass that you can carve away too, or you can take the turkey bones and make turkey soup!
Make it now or freeze the turkey bones for a later time.
So now that you know How To Cook And Carve A Turkey Breast, let’s get cooking! And don’t forget to save your turkey drippings to make homemade turkey gravy!
This easy step by step guide for roasting a turkey breast in the oven will have your turkey dinner on the table in no time at all!
7 – 7 1/2 pound turkey breast
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 large onion sliced into thick rounds
Fresh rosemary, thyme or sage
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the carrots and onions (and fresh herbs if using) in the bottom of a baking dish for the turkey breast to sit on.
Rub the olive oil and butter all over the skin of the turkey breast, then season with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.
Pour the wine and chicken broth into the bottom of the baking dish, then place the seasoned turkey breast on top of the vegetable rack.
Roast the turkey in the oven for approximately 20 minutes per pound, depending on the size of your turkey breast. A 7 1/2 pound turkey breast will take between 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Check the temperature of the breast to make sure it’s at 165 degrees.
Remove the turkey from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes, covered in foil.
Carve both sides of the turkey breast of the bone, then slice into pieces and serve.
Save your turkey drippings to make homemade gravy!
And don’t forget to save your turkey carcass for making homemade turkey soup!
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