Roasted Turkey Breast

Roasted Turkey Breast

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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and everybody is searching for the best ideas for this special dinner. For all those who consider a whole turkey might be too much this roasted turkey breast might be a wonderful solution. It is really easy to prepare, takes no more than 10 minutes to make the marinade, and once roasted you will have a wonderful looking roasted turkey, moist and flavorful.


Love this marinade, as it allows the roasting of the turkey breast without the skin, and it still remains moist and delicious. Not to mention that is healthier this way as well. The use of mustard is definitely a winner for me and will use it in many marinades for either chicken or turkey.


This roasted turkey is suitable not only for holiday tables but for any other day as it is quick, and can be used in various recipes for the next days either for sandwiches, or use it for enchiladas, salads and so on.


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Recipe slighted adapted after foodnetwork


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  • Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • 3 pounds (1.5 kg) turkey breast, boneless, skinless
  • Marinade
  • 3 tbsp (45g) Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tsp (3g) dried herbs (thyme, oregano, rosemary, bay leaves, your choice)
  • 2 tsp (6g) garlic powder
  • 1 tsp (5g) salt
  • 3 tbsp (42ml) olive oil
  • 1 tsp (3g) smoked paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Additional Ingredients for Drippings gravy, optional
  • 1 tbsp (10g) flour
  • 1 cup (240ml) vegetable stock
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Rinse the turkey well and pat it dry.
  2. Place all the marinade ingredients, mustard, vinegar, herbs, salt and pepper, garlic, smoked paprika and olive oil,  into a bowl and stir to combine.
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  3. Rub the mixture all over the turkey. Refrigerate to marinate overnight, if possible, or leave at least 1 hr before roasting.
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  4. Place the turkey breast into a baking pan, or baking sheet.
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  5. Roast for 45 minutes to one hour, until the thermometer reaches 170F (77C).
  6. Let it stand for a couple of minutes and slice to serve.
  7. Prepare the gravy if desired. After removing the turkey to a serving platter, place the pan to the stove on medium heat. Add the flour. Stir to combine. Add the stock, stir and let it cook until thickened and smooth.
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving, 250g - Calories:307, Fat:11.1 g, Saturated Fat:1.8g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0 g, Carbohydrates:11.1g, Sugar:8.3 g, Fiber:1.8 g, Protein:39.3g, Cholesterol:98mg, Calories from Fat 100, Sodium 2779mg, Potassium 730mg, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 23%, Calcium 3%, Iron 20%, Nutrition Grade B, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On November 25, 2014 at 03:15 pm, mira said...
Roasting a whole turkey, seems like a lot to me, especially if I'm the one who has to do it. But, this turkey breast recipe will be perfect!!! I like the way you marinated it and it is perfectly baked. Will try it next time I'm making turkey breast!
On November 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm, Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said...
We just picked up a turkey breast for tomorrow's feast and I can't wait! I'll have to see if my mother in law will let me make this recipe! It looks fabulous, Ella!
On November 26, 2014 at 03:24 am, Thalia @ butter and brioche said...
This turkey breast looks SO good. Definitely a recipe I need to make this Christmas!
On November 26, 2014 at 05:10 am, Nano Cleansers said...
looks yummy!
On November 27, 2014 at 04:40 am, Maureen said...
That does look deliciously moist. I think I'm not going to cook another whole turkey. It's just the two of us and I end up sending turkey home with our guests. A breast would be plenty for us.
On November 28, 2015 at 06:05 pm, Danielle said...
I made this last month and it was amazing!
On December 03, 2015 at 11:13 am, Gina said...
At what temperature does the turkey go into the oven?

350F (180C).. it is mentioned on step 1 in the directions. Hope you will try it out:)

On December 24, 2015 at 03:18 am, Kathi said...
I will try this recipe today. I'm a beginner at cooking so this delicous looking turkey is a perfect start for my christmas dinner. I really really love all of your recipes and I tried a lot of them. They're all so delicous! Your recipes are my favourites. Thank you for sharing them. I wish you a wonderful christmas time and a happy new year. Greetings from Germany :)
On December 29, 2015 at 11:08 am, Jessica said...
I never cooked a turkey breast before....only a whole turkey. But I had to work and couldn't be home in time to roast a whole turkey when we hosted my husbands 6-person team for a Christmas dinner. I was worried the breast only would be dry. But it was terrific!!!! Very juicy and tasty. Everyone had seconds and a +3kg turkey breast was gone. NB: I marinated mine overnight. Definitely a keeper!

I am so happy to hear that Jessica.. yes, marinating it overnight is best. Wish you and your family a  Happy New Year. 

On January 31, 2016 at 10:02 am, Vanessa said...
Do you think it would be ok on chicken breasts?
On August 25, 2016 at 03:01 pm, Bianca said...
Hi there, I have a few questions. 1) After it's marinated over night, do I stick it directly into the preheated oven or do I let the turkey breast come to room temperature, and then stick it into the preheated oven? 2) Also, I plan on making two turkey breasts, so can I cook them at the same time. If so, does the cooking time/temperature change? 3) (Last question I promise lol) Have you substituted the olive oil for butter? I've seen many recipes use butter instead. I would really appreciate it if you're able to answer this :) I plan on making it for this Thanksgiving because it looks amazing!
On September 21, 2016 at 07:07 am, Beverley said...
Can this turkey breast be frozen?

sure.. why not?

On October 01, 2016 at 09:36 am, Laraine said...
At any point is the turkey covered? Will it not dry out if uncovered?

This marinade doesn't let the meat to dry.. doesn't need to be covered

On October 10, 2016 at 02:20 am, Veronica said...
Made this for Friendsgiving and it was a hit! Perfect for a small group/family meal. Definitely keeping this one in my recipe repertoire. Super easy, juicy, flavourful and completely saved my butt this year! Would taste great on chicken breasts as well.

So glad you enjoyed it:) Yes.. I've tried this recipe with chicken as well and turned awesome. When you make chicken you will have to reduce the baking time as it bakes faster. 

On April 06, 2017 at 02:21 pm, adele said...
Having 7 for dinner tomorrow, semi-unexpectedly. No time to go to butcher but then remembered I had a turkey breast in the freezer. Am trying this because it sounds GREAT! Thank you in advance.
On April 06, 2017 at 02:22 pm, adele said...
Having 7 for dinner tomorrow, semi-unexpectedly. No time to go to butcher but then remembered I had a turkey breast in the freezer. Am trying this because it sounds GREAT! Thank you in advance.
On October 24, 2017 at 07:00 pm, Drea said...
This. is. amazeballs. Seriously. I'm making it for the second time in two weeks. The only turkey recipe I'll ever use again.
On November 16, 2018 at 08:14 pm, Lori said...
So easy to prepare and exceeded expectations... I am looking for wine pairings both red and white. Thanks in advance!
On December 26, 2018 at 12:13 pm, Moira said...
Made this last night and it was really good. Took a bit longer to cook since I used a toaster oven, but it was definitely worth the weight. I'll definitely use this recipe again.
On December 18, 2020 at 08:44 pm, Ms said...
WTH I followed everything and it was okay but no way in earth it came out in a hour it was way more than that .. need to be honest don’t say 1 hour Becuase in one hour all the inside is still raw

I am glad this recipes worked for you.. next time take in count the weight of the meat .. probably yours wa bigger and needed more time to cook. 

On December 28, 2020 at 09:40 am, Daniela said...
I just want to tank you for the amazing recipe. I had never cooked turkey before and this turkey us super moist and full of flavor. I did marinated it for 24 hours and every body loved it. Thank you, thank you, thank you

So happy to hear that Daniela :) glad it turned good for you too

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