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turkey breast on white platter

Best Way to Cook Turkey Breast

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American


The best way to cook a turkey breast is with lots of fresh herbs, garlic and butter. And the bone keeps it nice and moist!



2 skin on, bone-in turkey breasts (3.5 to 4 lbs)

1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

6 sprigs thyme

4 springs rosemary

1 head garlic, cloves, peeled and crushed


Preheat oven to 425. Gently loosen skin from breasts and rub butter under skin and all over outside of breasts, season liberally with salt and pepper.

Scatter thyme and rosemary sprigs and crushed garlic cloves over a large rimmed baking sheet and arrange turkey breasts , skin side up, on top.

Roast turkey breasts, turning halfway through, until skin is crisp and gloden brown and an instant-read thermometer reaches 160 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of the breasts. You will want to cook the turkey breasts to a lower internal temperature than when cooking the whole bird. Bake for 45 – 55 minutes.

Transfer turkey breasts to a platter and let rest 10 minutes, before carving.

Serve turkey breasts with pan dripping.