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Oven roasted turkey breast - brined for two hours for best flavor, crispy skin on the outside and tender, moist meat on the inside.| ifoodblogger.com

Brined Bone-In Turkey Breast

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword baked turkey breast, roasted turkey breast, Thanksgiving turkey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 160kcal
Author Victor


  • 1 bone-in turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp granulated onion
  • 1 tsp dark chili powder

For the turkey brine:

  • 1/2 gallon ice cold water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 carrot (cut in half, then into 2 inch pieces)
  • 3 cloves garlic (cut in halves)
  • 1 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 yellow onion (cut into quarters)
  • 1/4 bunch fresh parsley (optional)
  • A few bay leaves


  • To prepare turkey brine, bring 2 cups of water to a boil in medium pot. Add the salt and sugar and stir to dissolve. Remove the pot from heat, add the rest of the ingredients, stir and let cool to room temperature. 
    If pressed for time, let the vegetables and the spices steep for 10 minutes, then cool down with ice. Remember to account for the extra ice.
    Combine with the rest of the water and set aside.
  • Put the turkey breast in the brine, and refrigerate for two hours for a small breast, 3 hours for a medium and 4 hours for a large turkey breast. Make sure that the breast is fully covered in brine. You can use a bowl or a Ziploc bag.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Dry the breast with a paper towel and rub with olive oil. Season with salt and spices on all sides and gently pat to make the seasonings stick.
  • Heat 1/2 cup of cooking oil (you can use olive oil or any other oil you prefer) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the turkey breast skin side down on the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
    Pan searing turkey breast for better skin crispiness before roasting. | ifoodblogger.com
  • Carefully pour out or wipe off with paper towels all the oil from the pan. Put the breast back in the skillet, bone side down.
  • Now put the skillet with the turkey breast in the oven and roast at 400F for about 45 - 75 minutes, depending on the size of the breast, or until internal temperature of the meat reaches 160F.
    Let rest for 5 minutes and serve.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 3890mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.8mg