Roast Turkey Breast

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 45 min
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: Serves 10-12 1x


This recipe for roast turkey breast is the perfect simple roasted turkey for a holiday entree that you can easily prep no matter how much cooking or hosting experience you have! It comes out juicy and buttery with a crispy skin every time.



  • Bone-in turkey breast, about 8 pounds
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 large tablespoon minced garlic, about 4 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup good chicken stock
  • 1 large apple
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 to 4 springs fresh thyme
  • 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley
  • Pepper


  1. Remove the turkey from it’s packaging, rinse, pat dry with paper towels, and set in a rimmed baking dish (like a 9×13-inch pan — you don’t need a roasting pan for this).
  2. In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic, and salt. Mix to combine well.
  3. Using your hands, carefully separate the turkey skin from the meat when the breast meat is facing up in the pan. Getting started is a little hard, but just be careful to not rip through the skin. Work around the skin and meat to loosen the skin that is connected to the breast meat.
  4. When the skin is separated (but not removed — it’ll still be attached on the edges), use your hands to spread half of the butter mixture and the garlic all over the turkey breast meat, under the skin.
  5. Spread the second half of the butter mixture all over the outside of the turkey breast, on top of the skin.
  6. Place 1 cup of stock in the bottom of the dish.
  7. Quarter the apple and place however much will fit under the breast in the neck cavity. Place pieces that did no fit in the bottom of the dish.
  8. Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze half over the turkey breast (using your fingers to strain the seeds). Place the spent lemon half in the bottom of the dish.
  9. Strip the leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme and sprinkle over the turkey, and place the remaining sprigs and a “stalk” or two (large sprig pieces) of parsley in the bottom of the dish.
  10. Sprinkle the turkey with a bit of ground black pepper.
  11. Cover tightly with foil, and bake at 400 degrees F. for 2 hours.
  12. Remove the foil, and bake until the turkey is cooked though, about another hour. Save the foil.
  13. During the last hour, check every 10 minutes or so (after about 30 minutes) for doneness. If your turkey has a pop thermometer/gauge, I have found them to be pretty accurate. If yours does not, insert an instant read thermometer into the breast until it reads 165 degrees F.
  14. When the turkey is done, remove from the oven. Cover with the foil that you saved and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  15. When the rest time is over, you can serve the turkey or carve it and serve it on a platter with additional apples or herbs for garnish on the edges.

  • Category: main dish
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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