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sliced roasted turkey breast on plate with herbs

Classic Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minute
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: main course
  • Method: roasting
  • Cuisine: American


Classic Roasted Turkey Breast is a wonderful alternative to roasting an entire turkey for small gatherings. With no fancy ingredients and just a few minutes prep, you can have juicy, moist, and perfectly seasoned turkey perfect for Thanksgiving or special occasions!


  • 6 lb. bone in turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup dry white wine (we used chardonnay)
  • 1 teaspoon each salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Move oven rack to the lower third of the oven to make room for the roast.
  2. Place a rack in a large roasting pan.
  3. Pat turkey breast dry and place on the rack skin side up.
  4. Ina bowl, combine olive oil, herbs and spices. Mix to form a paste.
  5. Rub the herb paste over the surface of the turkey breast. You can also put it under the skin if you wish.
  6. Pour wine into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  7. Roast turkey for about 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted into the thickest parts of the breast. (Test in several spots.)
  8. Remove turkey from oven and tent with foil. Allow to rest at least 15 minutes before slicing
  9. Make gravy with the drippings if desired.


  • if turkey skin is over-browning cover loosely with foil
  • add more wine to the roasting pan if needed as it evaporates

Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa

Keywords: roast turkey breast

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