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Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter

Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter

This herb butter roast turkey makes an epic Thanksgiving holiday meal loaded with flavor.
4 - 6 Servings


Prep: 10 Min
Cook: 90 Min

Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter – An epic Thanksgiving holiday meal! This herb butter roast turkey breast is juicy, tender, with an extra crispy skin. Garlic herb butter is smeared under the skin so it drips down and bastes the turkey breasts while roastings. You end up with a turkey loaded with flavor and a super juicy meat. This is the only roast turkey recipe you will ever need!

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Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter - An epic Thanksgiving holiday meal loaded with flavor and a super juicy meat.

Ingredients list for the roasted turkey breast

The turkey

  • 2 large turkey breasts, skin on, bone in
  • 2 heads of garlic, roughly peeled and sliced horizontally
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs

The garlic herb butter

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper flakes

Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter - An epic Thanksgiving holiday meal loaded with flavor and a super juicy meat.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter - An epic Thanksgiving holiday meal loaded with flavor and a super juicy meat.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter - An epic Thanksgiving holiday meal loaded with flavor and a super juicy meat.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter - An epic Thanksgiving holiday meal loaded with flavor and a super juicy meat.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter - An epic Thanksgiving holiday meal loaded with flavor and a super juicy meat.

Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter - An epic Thanksgiving holiday meal loaded with flavor and a super juicy meat.

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Roasted Turkey Breast with Garlic Herb Butter - An epic Thanksgiving holiday meal loaded with flavor and a super juicy meat.

Directions

1. Remove all oven racks except for one. Set this rack in the next-to-the-lowest position. Preheat your oven to 450ºF (230ºC).

2. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the herb butter. Using your fingers, gently loosen the skin covering each breast by gently running your fingers between the skin and the meat, taking care not to tear the skin. Place herbed butter under the skin and gently press on the skin to spread the butter evenly. Repeat on the other side so the entire breast is stuffed with butter under the skin. Spread the remaining butter over, and beneath the turkey breast. 

3. Place turkey breast, breast side up, inside a large roasting pan. Cut a piece of foil big enough to cover the turkey’s breast. Arrange quartered onion, garlic and rosemary around the turkey. Season the garnish with salt and pepper.

4. Place the turkey breast in the oven, breast side up. Roast until nicely browned, 20–30 minutes. Apply the prepared foil over the turkey breast to cover.

5. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F (180ºC) and return turkey breast to oven, foil securely in place. Do not open oven to baste the turkey. Roast until a cooking thermometer registers 161°F (72ºC), approximatively 1 to 1 1/2 hours. When nearly done, you can remove the foil and crisp up the skin under the broiler for 2 minutes. Allow the roasted turkey breast to rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with fresh rosemary, the quartered onion, roasted garlic, and quartered pomegranate. Enjoy!

Notes:

  • For a quicker roast turkey recipe, especially if you use only the turkey breast, check this instant pot turkey recipe. We basically precook stuffed turkey breasts in the Instant Pot, then roast for 10 minutes to finish and crisp up the skin under the broiler. The cooking juices from the Instant Pot serve as a base for the gravy.
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