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Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast with Sweet Potatoes


Pair this with Sauteed Escarole for a great light family dinner. Make the most of your leftovers and use the leftover cooked turkey for our Turkey with Two Salads or Chunky Turkey Vegetable Soup.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2007


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried, crushed rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 1 lime)
  • 6 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless turkey breast halves (about 2 pounds each), skin removed
  • 2 sweet potatoes (about 8 ounces each), halved lengthwise


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, mix rosemary, paprika, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, lime juice, and 4 teaspoons oil; rub all over turkey. Leaving space between them, place both halves in the center of a large rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Brush cut sides of sweet potatoes with remaining 2 teaspoons oil; place, cut side down, on sheet with turkey. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of each breast half registers 160 degrees, about 50 minutes (potatoes should be tender). Let stand 10 minutes, loosely tented with aluminum foil to keep warm (temperature will rise by 5 degrees).

  3. Cut one breast half into thick slices (reserve remaining turkey; see step 4). Cut potato halves into wedges. Transfer turkey slices and potatoes to a serving platter, drizzling turkey with any juices from baking sheet. (Optional: Serve with Sauteed Escarole.)

  4. Cool remaining turkey completely. Divide leftovers evenly between 2 airtight containers, or wrap in plastic, and refrigerate.

Reviews Add a comment

  • JenneB
    8 AUG, 2014
    I have been making this for years and just love it! Yummy! I sure miss my Everyday Foods Magazine!
  • Jenava
    3 OCT, 2009
    Simple and healthy. BTW, those are yams in the picture, not sweet potatoes.
  • HollyEZ
    3 FEB, 2009
    This wasn't great. It was good, but not great. I don't think I will use this recipe again as there are so many out there I think may be better. Thank you anyway.
  • fmr
    22 JAN, 2009
    I was disappointed with the turkey. Next time I will brine the turkey breast first and rub a more flavorful spice rub on it.
  • mustangannie1965
    20 JAN, 2009
    The only thing I did different with this recipe was to cut the potatoes into wedges first. Wanted the crunch on all sides. I also salted and peppered them.
  • MEBeth
    17 JAN, 2009
    this recipie was great simple to prepare a minimum of dirty dishes and the turkey breast was tender and tasty
  • AmazingGraceLynn
    24 NOV, 2008
    Prep took only 2 minutes...really easy to prepare!!!
  • delphi24
    10 JUL, 2008
    Easy and delicious! A huge hit with the family. I will definitely keep this recipe to make again and again...
  • erinye
    20 JUN, 2008
    So simple and satisfying. Served it with a wilted spinach and white bean combo. Yum!