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Herbed Roast Turkey Breast Recipe

Herbed Roast Turkey Breast Recipe

I made this turkey breast for my first formal dinner party as a newlywed. It was such a success that it's become a standby on all of my entertaining menus.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing YIELD:10-12 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Place onion and celery in a 3-qt. baking dish. Top with turkey breast, skin side up. Pour wine into the dish.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 170°, basting every 30 minutes with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Cover and let stand 15 minutes before carving. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional 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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Lady Fingers User ID: 2682286 256174
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6330173 254633
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016

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

parrotheadlady User ID: 8638663 238183
Reviewed 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!!!!"

julesinmd User ID: 7135098 214151
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"I used this recipe for my Thanksgiving turkey and it was very good. I followed the recipe as written and the turkey was perfect. Will definitely prepare again."

Nelleblu User ID: 7455011 158112
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"I usually Brine turkey, however didn't have time and followed the recipe. OMG my family loved it! So moist and flavorful! As my husband and I were cleaning up, we couldn't stop our self's from eating more turkey, after we were stuffed! So good! The Gravy was divine! I WILL ALWAYS DO turkey THIS WAY!!!!"

MNHomeschoolmom User ID: 6965054 92672
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"Very good."

kellys1061 User ID: 5531754 158109
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"OMG! I have been following an Alton Brown recipe for at least the past 5 years. NO LONGER! THIS IS PERFECT! My Grandmother said it's the best turkey breast she's ever had."

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