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Roast Turkey Breast

No matter how you slice it, this turkey can be used in a variety of ways.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 55 mins
  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 bone-in, skin-on turkey breast half (about 2 1/2 pounds)

Cook's Note

Turkey can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir together oil, salt, and white pepper; brush over turkey.

  2. Step 2

    Roast turkey on a rimmed baking sheet until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reaches 140 degrees and climbing, about 30 minutes. Let rest for at least 15 minutes. Slice turkey as needed. (Reserve pan drippings if making Turkey-Corn Salad.)

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2011

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Reviews (8)

  • alicia66 15 Feb, 2014

    Simple perfect recipe.
    I wonder if the commenters who stated theirs took an hour, used a full breast because while the recipe itself calls for a half & the image shows a half breast as well(what I searched for), the title does not state that.

  • Saracatt123 28 Nov, 2013

    We just made this for Thanksgiving. 30 minutes is not nearly enough cooking time. The inside was still very pink. An hour's cooking time, and perhaps a lower temperature is more reasonable.

  • Carol Jean 7 Nov, 2013

    I have made this recipe at least six times. It has always been delicious. You do need to cook the turkey longer until you get the proper temp.

  • rosebud921 24 Oct, 2013

    Not one of the best recipes I followed but I still love the taste. Maybe it's because of the turkey that I used. I bought a Plainville Farms turkey, I believe that it is very healthy because it is antibiotic-free and hormone-free. If you buy turkeys that are not humanely-raised, that is probably the reason why some turkey recipes fail to give us great taste.

  • Sabs430 6 Feb, 2013

    One of the worst recipes I have ever made. In addition to the salt, pepper, and olive oil, I added a bit of garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne. It definitely takes longer to cook - I had to put it back in repeatedly past the 30 minutes (I should have read the reviews prior). My husband and I couldn't even finish eating our portions. I think the rest is destined for some soup to add flavor.

  • Melody Recktenwald 23 Nov, 2012

    It also took me an hour of baking at 400 but it turned out really well. It came out tender and quite delicious. I did add some unsalted butter, and fresh rosemary, bay leaves, and oregano into small slits I made in the skin before cooking.

  • LaraL 15 Jan, 2012

    I found that it took one hour of cooking time, not 30 minutes. Even then the meat was pinkish although it was 150 degrees.

  • taylort 12 Sep, 2011

    I can't find a half turkey breast anywhere. Any suggestions!?