Roasted Turkey Breast

It looks like Christmas has come early for me and you!

I’m taking my kids and going on vacay to Disneyland for the week; and you get to be totally impressed {and in awe} from some of my amazing foodie friends as they guest post right here for you.

First up is Heidi from Foodie Crush. I love this girl. She always has mouthwatering recipes on her beautiful blog, and she’s totally cool in real life. Yup, she’s got it all. Heidi not only brought this delicious Roasted Turkey Breast to the table, but also some very wise words when it comes to staying sane this Holiday season.

Take it away Heidi…

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

Hey there! I’m Heidi from FoodieCrush and I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Shawn while she does her best Minnie Mouse impression as she whizzes down Splash Mountain with her family. Well, actually I’d be more thrilled if I was in the seat next to her screaming like a 4 year old but that might scare the kids.

That being said, I’m so happy she gets to spend some quality time with her fam and I get to introduce myself to you!

For me, like I bet a lot of you, the holidays are ridiculously jam packed with overcommitments, overspending and overeating. Sure I’ll bake 3 dozen cookies for the school cookie sale. Of course I can’t wait to come to your party and bring the main dish because I have a food blog. Oh and let’s drop another hundie at Target and re-do all of the outside Christmas lights because our neighbors down the street just pulled their best Clark Griswold impression and my husband can’t stand to be outdone.

But this year its going to be different.

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Here are my three holiday promises:

1. Don’t say you will when you know in your heart you can’t. I’ve made a promise to myself to keep my schedule at only what I know I can achieve, not over promise and thus not deliver. There’s nothing worse than making a half hearted commitment, stressing out over the fact you’ve added too much to your plate and then being known by your co-workers or the neighborhood moms as the “one who flaked out.”

2. Gift-giving is going on a diet. Each year my daughter—she’s an only so it’s double trouble from the get-go—is so overwhelmed with Santa presents, mom and dad presents and grandparents gifting, that by the time she’s finished tearing through the last of the wrapping paper and decorating the dogs with bows, she is so overwhelmed she doesn’t even know what loot she was so generously given. It’s not her fault by any means, I place the blame squarely on my shoulders. So this year, I’m dialing it back and asking myself before each purchase, “She may really want it, but will she really use it? That remote control, enormous flying shark from last year? Yea, it lasted all of a day then was never to be played with again. Know when enough is enough.

3. And finally, keep you hand out of the cookie jar. Why do so many of us think it’s our God-given right to overindulge on fudge, nuts, cocktails and cookies during the holidays right? It’s written in our constitutional by-laws somewhere, right? I swear I heard it on NPR. Or maybe the Today Show. Anyway. Let’s. Just. Not. Let’s take things in moderation, cut down on the nibbles (that’s what gets me every year) and remind ourselves that January resolutions are right around the corner. Let’s park our cars at the back of the mall parking lot so we actually have to walk to the store front instead of trolling an extra 5 minutes looking for a front row spot that you nearly broke out in an arm wrestle with the other determined driver. Let’s eat without all the extra sauces, gravies and goo. Let’s just think about our food before it mindlessly makes it into our mouths.

Now I know Thanksgiving is over, but that doesn’t mean the lean, mean protein of this delicious bird should be ignored. I’m fascinated by the fact that Americans have zero problem ordering a turkey sandwich from Subway but are so afeared of roasting their own.

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Fear not my fellow foodie, I have an easy, peasy Roasted Turkey right here.

It’s very similar to my Juicy Roast Chicken and is so simple, so moist and so perfect for the madcap holiday season. By the looks of it, this turkey breast half is similar to a single chicken breast, just bigger. If you want to do a whole roasted turkey breast, you’ll just need to adjust the cooking time until you reach the desired internal temperature. Pop it in a roasting pan, a little butter and add a few aromatics and herbs and you have dinner for the night or lunch meat for the week. And plenty of time to make your holiday promises come true.

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Roasted Turkey Breast

This roasted turkey is herby and aromatic and juicy and delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 430 kcal
Author: Heidi


  • 2.5 lb bone-in turkey breast half, skin on
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ head of garlic, crushed with paper on
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • kosher salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse and pat dry the turkey breast. With your fingers, carefully separate skin from the turkey meat and spread half of the butter under the skin.
  • Spread the rest of the butter on top of the skin. Place turkey breast in a roasting pan and season with kosher salt and pepper. Pour wine over breast, then squeeze juice from the lemon over the breast and then add to pan with the garlic.
  • Top the breast with thyme sprigs.
  • Roast turkey until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the breast reaches 140 degrees, or for about 30-35 minutes. Remove from pan and cover and rest for at least 15 minutes and then slice turkey as needed.
  • Reserve pan drippings for gravy if desired.


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: breast, Garlic, Lemon, Roasted, thyme, Turkey
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
12 Responses
  1. Gail Smith

    Question – never have I seen any chart or chef suggest cooking a turkey breast (or chicken) to an internal temp of only 140 degrees. Are you sure or is it possibly a misprint?

    1. Shawn

      You’ll want to bring it out before it reaches 165 degrees F. With a quick roasting method like this, the internal temperature will continue to rise when it’s taken out early and tented under foil. Make sure to check with a thermometer that it reaches 165 degrees before cutting into. Hope that helps!

    1. Shawn

      Hi Bonnie! I would think that at 400 degrees the turkey breast will cook fairly fast. The best way to be sure is to use a meat thermometer and check for an internal temperature of 140 degrees. 🙂 Hope that helps!

  2. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Fantastic guest post and such wonderful tips! I’ve been dying for a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey for ages. Must go on the hunt!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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