- 2 quarts apple cider or juice
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 fresh rosemary sprig
- 2 large oven roasting bags
- 1 bone-in turkey breast (4 to 5 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a Dutch oven, bring the first five ingredients to a boil. Cook and stir until salt and honey are dissolved. Stir in rosemary. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until chilled.
- Place a large oven roasting bag inside a second roasting bag; add turkey breast. Carefully pour brine into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible; seal bags and turn to coat. Place in a roasting pan. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
- Line the bottom of a large shallow roasting pan with foil. Drain turkey and discard brine; place on a rack in prepared pan. Pat dry.
- Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 30 minutes. Brush with oil. Bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours longer or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Cover and let stand for 15 minutes before carving. Yield: 8 servings.
Reviews for Honey-Brined Turkey Breast
"Very happy with how moist this turned out. I didn't have apple cider so I used water, and I had it in the brine for 24 hrs. I was worried it would be too salty, but not at all. Super moist, and the beast was perfect size. Definitely going to do this one more often."
"I used a turkey breast. Don't leave in brine longer than 12 hours.Delicious, moist turkey."
"This is a must-try recipe! The use of an oven bag makes preparation and clean up a breeze. I did not use oven but instead did in crockpot for the afternoon. As a Taste of Home volunteer food editor I love using recipes that easily adapt to my family's needs. Try this recipe!"
"Delicious! I used this on a whole turkey first, then with a chicken a few weeks later with equally excellent results. I''ll never make another turkey without brining it again!"
"A bit of work, but was good. Turkey turned out moist."