Lemon-Herbed Turkey Breast Recipe
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Lemon-Herbed Turkey Breast Recipe

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"This is a family favorite that's also popular with company," notes Alicia Glovor of Sterling, Alaska. "The herbs tucked under the skin give the turkey a wonderful aroma as it's roasting, and the lemon juice adds a subtle hint of citrus."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (8-1/2 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage

Nutritional Facts

8 ounce-weight: 158 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 246mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.


  1. Loosen skin from turkey with fingers, leaving skin attached along bottom edges. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic and seasonings. Spread under turkey skin.
  2. In a small bowl, combine remaining lemon juice and oil; set aside.
  3. Place turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 170°; basting every 15-20 minutes with lemon mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes. Discard skin before carving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Herbed Turkey Breast in Light & Tasty February/March 2001, p58

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 243532
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"Very tasty and moist. It was great for turkey sandwiches!"

beboppin247 User ID: 1050566 28435
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"Wonderful taste and so easy. Did not dry out and makes for awesome sandwiches the next day. Will make again."

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