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Roast Turkey Breast

Delicious Roast Turkey Breast, cooked in the oven with a butter rub for a juicy, tender, flavorful turkey perfect for a small crowd or Friendsgiving dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Resting Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: American, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: thanksgivng dinner
Keyword: roast turkey, roast turkey recipe, turkey breast
Servings: 6
Calories: 324kcal


  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon fresh sage chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 pound turkey breast with skin


  • Instant read meat thermometer


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Mix 1/3 cup butter. In a bowl, combine melted butter with garlic, paprika, sage, rosemary, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Place turkey, breast skin side up, in a roasting pan. Use your fingers to loosen the skin and separate it from the breast meat.
  • Brush half the butter mixture over the turkey breast underneath the skin. Rub a little on top of the skin and reserve remaining butter mixture.
  • Place turkey in oven, and roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, remove from oven and take remaining butter and pour over the turkey. Baste turkey breast with butter mixture. Then tent turkey breast loosely with aluminum foil.
  • Turn oven temp down to 350 degrees F, and return turkey to oven and roast until the juices run clear and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast, (and not touching bone), reads 165 degrees F (65 degrees C), about 45 more minutes to an hour depending on the size of the turkey breast.
  • Let turkey breast rest 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 945mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg