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Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Whenever we're in the mood for turkey, this is the recipe I use. It always wins compliments. —Cheryl King, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 boneless skinless turkey breast half (2 pounds)


  • In a small saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil; remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Place turkey breast on a rack in a greased shallow roasting pan. Spoon some of the butter mixture over the top. Cover and bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours or until a thermometer inserted in turkey reads 165°, basting occasionally with butter mixture.
  • Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1/3 pound: 104 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • quiltpinky1
    Jan 21, 2021

    It produced a nice, moist turkey breast but thought it could use a little more flavor. Would decrease the soy sauce and increase the lemo9n juice next time I made it. Was very nice though

  • Sumu
    Dec 23, 2018

    It's Christmas time and I want to cook turkey for my husband who loves festive dinner while we were in the US. We currently are living in Hong Kong now and we have never found any restaurant that cook Turkey like what we had in the US. There are many restaurants here that do festive dinner during Christmas time, the most expensive one is at JWMarriott Hotel - $150 per person. So we decide to cook the turkey by ourself, follow this recipe, it's the best recipe, healthy, not need to cook the whole turkey (only two of us) ,very tasty and make us feel back home again. Thanks for the great recipe! Yummy! Merry Christmas!

  • Julie
    Nov 23, 2017

    That sauce is the bomb dot com! Used today for boneless turkey breast. Basted every 15 minutes and turkey juiciest I've had in years. Didn't have green onions - didn't miss them. Made the most lushest gravy too. Didn't have marjoram so used herbs de provence 1 tsp for that and the thyme. Soooo gooood. Was really surprised at lemon juice but it really brightened the butter sauce. Oh and only used 4 T butter but same quantities of every thing else.

  • cynandtom
    Apr 18, 2017

    I made to slice up for Sammies for lunch this week! My husband bought bone in skin on by mistake, (which probably added to flavor and moistness), so I adjusted cooking time. The only other change I made was adding more butter. Turkey came out moist and delicious. This will be a go to for lunches and for an out of season Thanksgiving style dinner!!

  • Lisa
    Mar 17, 2017

    Although there were rave reviews about this recipe, I was skeptical when I was preparing it and the basting mixture did not stay on the breast. However, after 2-1/2 hours of cooking my larger turkey breast (2.7 pounds), along with frequent basting, the turkey breast was unbelievably delicious. I was not prepared for the blackening of the basting sauce, which emerged truly burned in the bottom of the pan, but the buttery liquid was great spooned over the sliced turkey. Easy, and a keeper!

  • KatzTailz
    Dec 19, 2015

    Used this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner for two. Cooked it in the oven following the time and temp instructions. It turned out moist, tender, looked good and tasted even better. Will definitely make it again.

  • mbdumee
    Sep 25, 2014

    Very tasty! I made this in my crock pot by just adding 2T of water to the other liquids, dumping everything in the crock pot instead of on the stove, and cooking on low for 8 hours. I did thicken the gravy on the stove at the end. Great results!

  • Yoga_dude
    Mar 30, 2013

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  • cee-jay
    Nov 13, 2012

    This looks like it has possibilities but I'd like to know if anyone has prepared it it a crockpot. I hope to get an answer ASAP. Thanks.

  • dehall21401
    Feb 11, 2012

    What a great recipe for 2 people! Tender, juicy & super easy!