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Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Butter

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword roasted turkey breast, Thanksgiving turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 206kcal
Author Victor


  • 1 bone-in, skin-on turkey breast (about 2 - 2 1/2 lbs)
  • 8 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary (fresh, finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp dry thyme (finely ground)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper (finely ground)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 325F.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, garlic, rosemary, pepper and thyme.
    Roasted turkey breast - preparing butter for infusing with herbs and garlic. | ifoodblogger.com
  • Microwave the ingredients on high for 1 minute, or until the butter has fully melted. Remove the bowl from the microwave oven. Mix all ingredients really well and set aside for 5 minutes so the butter gets infused with the garlic and herbs.
  • Return the bowl back to the microwave oven and cook the mixture on high for another 30 seconds to ensure that the butter is fully liquefied.
  • Strain the butter mixture through a fine sieve. Save the garlic and the herbs.
    Roasted turkey breast - straining butter after infusing with herbs and garlic. | ifoodblogger.com
  • Place the turkey breast in a baking dish, skin side up. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap to prevent the butter from accidentally squirting all over the kitchen. Fill the kitchen injector with the strained butter and inject the breast all over, in a diamond pattern, releasing about 1/4 - 1/3 of an ounce at a time.
    Roasted turkey breast - injecting infused butter into turkey breast. | ifoodblogger.com
  • Add the garlic and herbs that you saved earlier. Rub the garlic and herb mixture and the butter from the bottom of the baking dish all over the turkey breast.
    Roasted turkey breast - spreading herbs and garlic on top of turkey breast. | ifoodblogger.com
  • Evenly sprinkle 1 teaspoon of kosher salt all over the breast and pat it down to make sure the salt sticks.
  • If using a BBQ thermometer (highly recommended), insert the probe into the thickest part of the turkey breast and connect to the thermometer.
    Roasted turkey breast - insert a BBQ thermometer into the turkey breast. | ifoodblogger.com
  • Bake at 325F for about 1 hour or so, until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the breast reaches 155F. Brush the top of the breast with pan juices about 1 hour into roasting.
  • Remove from the oven and let the roasted turkey breast rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.


If you want your roasted turkey breast to have nicely browned, crispy skin as shown on the pictures above, do the following:
1. Bake the turkey breast until internal temperature reaches about 10 degrees below the final temperature.
2. Brush the top of the breast with pan juices.
3. Turn on the broiler to low.
4. Continue cooking with the broiler function turned to low until the turkey breast's internal temperature reaches target temperature.
Make sure to keep a close eye on your turkey breast during broiling to prevent burning. If you see the skin has browned enough and the internal temperature has not hit the target, switch back from broil to bake, and cover the breast with foil.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1563mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.2mg