Roast Turkey Breast

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    This recipe works equally well with any type of turkey breast. We recommend brining if using a natural turkey breast (no salt added). Using a kosher turkey breast (soaked in salt water during processing) or self- basting turkey breast (injected with salt and water) eliminates the need for brining. The ingredient list on the turkey breast's package will say whether it's been treated with salt. If brining the turkey, omit the salt from the recipe. If the breast has a pop-up timer, do not remove it. Just ignore it (they pop too late) and follow the times and temperatures in the recipe.


  1. 4 T unsalted butter, softened (1/2 stick)
  2. 3/4 t salt
  3. 1/4 t pepper
  4. 1 whole turkey breast (6 to 7 lbs), bone-in and skin-on, trimmed of excess fat and patted dry with paper towels
  5. 1 c water


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425°F.
  2. Mix butter, salt, and pepper in medium bowl with rubber spatula until thoroughly combined.
  3. Carefully separate turkey skin from meat over breast; avoid breaking skin.
  4. Work butter mixture under skin on both sides of breast and rub skin of turkey to evenly distribute butter over breast.
  5. Spray V-rack with nonstick cooking spray and set inside large roasting pan.
  6. Place turkey in rack with skin side facing up; pour water into roasting pan.
  7. Roast turkey for 30 minutes.
  8. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
  9. Continue to roast turkey until thickest part of breast registers 160°F on instant-read thermometer, about 1 hour longer.
  10. Transfer turkey to carving board and let rest for 20 minutes.
  11. Carve and serve.
  12. How to Brine a Turkey Breast

  13. Dissolve 1/2 cup of salt (or 3/4 cup of kosher salt) in 4 quarts of cold water in a large container.
  14. Submerge the turkey breast in brine, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for three to six hours. (Do not brine the turkey breast any longer, or it will be too salty.)
  15. Rinse the turkey breast under cold water and dry it thoroughly with paper towels.

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Serves: 8 to 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Entree
Key Ingredient: Turkey
Difficulty: 1 - Easy
Make Ahead: No
Prep Method: Oven Bake
Themes/Holidays: Thanksgiving,Kentucky Derby

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