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Herbed Roast Turkey Breast

When learning how to cook turkey breast for my first formal dinner party as a newlywed, I came across this particular recipe. It was such a success that this turkey breast recipe has become a standby on all my entertaining menus. —Lisa Mahon Fluegeman, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (5 to 6 pounds)
  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 celery rib, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth


  • Preheat oven to 325°.With fingers, carefully loosen the skin from both sides of turkey breast. Combine lemon juice and oil; brush under the skin. Combine the pepper, rosemary, thyme and garlic salt; rub over turkey.
  • Place onion and celery in a 3-qt. baking dish. Top with turkey breast, skin side up. Pour wine into the dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 170°. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Cover and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • If your turkey breast isn't quite thawed, be sure to allot for a longer cook-time to accommodate the colder bird.
  • You can often use lemon and lime juice interchangeably in recipes to achieve a different flavor. To substitute orange, though, you’ll need to keep a little lemon or lime to spark up the flavor.
  • Find more yummy turkey recipes here.
  • Nutrition Facts
    5 ounce-weight: 285 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 40g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 medium-fat meat.


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    • Hilary
      Nov 27, 2020

      Wow! Easy and delicious! I made this for Thanksgiving and it was perfect. I followed the recipe exactly as stated. Will make again for sure!

    • Patti
      Nov 25, 2020

      Kim, depending on the size, a 3 lb boneless turkey breast will take about 50-60 minutes. Check to make sure the temperature is 160-165. Then rest it for 10 minutes before slicing.

    • The
      Nov 25, 2020

      I tried this recipe today for my Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. I was concerned that it would not be a good choice. Boy, was I wrong. Very pleased with the browning of the turkey breast. It is also crispy! I will definitely used this recipe from this day forward. I did not have white wine or chicken broth. I use a little bit of the turkey gravy that came with the turkey breast. It worked for me.

    • Kim
      Nov 22, 2020

      I bought a boneless Turkey breast already, how should I adjust this recipe to cook the boneless breast?

    • Ellen
      Dec 2, 2018

      My daughter is the pickiest of eaters, so when she asked for seconds tonight on the turkey slices, I knew this recipe was a huge win. As a matter of fact, she asked me to remember exactly how I made it so I could make it again the exact same way! I had to laugh! Thank you. And did tell her where I got the recipe??

    • Sheryl
      Jan 2, 2018

      OMG, this recipe was perfect!!! One addition, an extra stalk of celery because I had it, but certainly not needed. I did NOT use a rack - just placed the breast on top of the veggies. This is a keeper recipe!!! Thanks TOH!

    • Judi
      Nov 24, 2017

      This was the best turkey breast I have ever cooked. Had a 7 lb. breast & did put it on a rack. Used extra chicken broth, but otherwise followed the recipe. 2 1/2 hrs. later reached 165 degrees & rested for 30 min. had a perfectly cooked juicy turkey breast.

    • Lady Fingers
      Oct 30, 2016

      The timing and temperatures are spot-on with this recipe. The skin on mine was deeply golden just like in the picture above. I think next time I would cook it on a rack, to let the fat drain away, instead of on top of vegetables.(Looking at the recipe again, I see that I added too much lemon juice, so I take full blame for the sauce being a bit more acidic we would have preferred.)

    • greatwithoutgluten
      Sep 25, 2016

      Very good and very easy. I did not have lemon juice so I used lime and it was very tasty.

    • parrotheadlady
      Nov 26, 2015

      This is the BEST turkey I have ever tasted! The turkey is very flavorful and moist, and smells soooo good while cooking. I didn't have any lemon juice so I used orange juice instead. I also substituted garlic powder plus 1/8 teaspoon of salt for the garlic salt that the recipe calls for - it turned out just fine. This recipe is fantastic!!!!