An easy roast turkey breast recipe for stress-free meals—from Thanksgiving to make-ahead dinners to healthy lunches.
Roast turkey breast
This easy roast turkey breast recipe is perfect for dinners, lunch meat, or salads. It's so simple to put together it practically cooks itself. And it's paleo, keto, and Whole30-compliant!
You can roast it for a small Thanksgiving gathering. Or if you're feeding a big crowd, use it for extra servings of turkey breast alongside your whole turkey.
You can roast the turkey on the weekend to have it for quick make-ahead meals during the week. I often roast a chicken on the weekend to last for a few meals. Roasted turkey is a nice change. Keeping this recipe simple—roasting the turkey with just duck fat, salt, and pepper—makes it a keto turkey recipe.
And keeping the seasonings simple makes it easy to use it with different sauces. We had it in Greek lettuce wraps with baba ganoush, tomatoes and cucumbers yesterday. And today, I made a salad with turkey, peaches and smoky balsamic dressing over greens from our CSA.
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How to roast a turkey breast
The secret to this turkey recipe is roasting the turkey breast with the skin and bones. This helps keep the turkey meat moist. You can add your favorite herbs if you like. Or season each piece with a different spice mix. However you make it, this simple roast turkey breast is an easy make-ahead meal.
Just rub the turkey breasts with duck fat, ghee, or grass-fed butter to help the skin brown and crisp up. Season it with salt and pepper or herbs and spices if desired. Place the turkey breasts on a sheet pan and bake until it's 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.
Be sure to take the turkey out of the oven as soon as the meat reaches the correct temperature as overcooking it will dry out the meat. And don't forget to let it rest before slicing it.
You can use this easy roast turkey breast for a holiday gathering. Don't feel like roasting a whole turkey for Thanksgiving? Want to serve roast turkey and glazed ham or standing rib roast for Christmas? Try this simple turkey recipe with all the holiday sides and desserts!
Easy Roast Turkey Breast Recipe
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place turkey breast on a rimmed baking sheet, skin side up, and rub all over with duck fat. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place in oven and reduce heat to 375 degrees. Roast until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, about 1 to 1-½ hours.
- Cover with foil and rest for 15 minutes before slicing.