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Herbed Turkey Breast

Like many of you, I always serve turkey for our family's Thanksgiving meal. But instead of roasting a whole bird, I opt for a turkey breast since most of us prefer white meat. The herb butter basting sauce keeps it so moist, and it's easy to carve. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (5-1/2 to 6 pounds)


  • In a small saucepan, combine the first eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Place turkey in a shallow roasting pan; drizzle with butter mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until a thermometer reads 165°, basting every 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked turkey: 291 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 192mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 44g protein.

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  • juicyfruit007
    Apr 14, 2020

    I made this last night. Just realized I completely forgot the lemon juice though. :) I subbed in some white onion for green onions and left out the marjoram. Used the pan drippings to make some really good gravy!

  • MamaMeese
    Sep 30, 2019

    Moist and delicious!

  • Patty
    Nov 11, 2018

    To kareniperry...........Maybe try teriyaki sauce. It has a different taste.

  • karenlperry
    Nov 10, 2018

    Has anyone tried this without the soy sauce or a substitute? I want to try this recipe but I don’t like the taste of soy sauce!

  • ginadeec
    Oct 27, 2017

    Moist and flavorful. The aroma got everyone to the table in record time!

  • mother of 3
    Feb 9, 2017

    This is Wonderful Flavoring for turkey breast and made it for baked chicken as well.

  • tinkerbell2007
    Feb 2, 2017

    Delicious and perfect when you're not entertaining a large group!

  • Patty
    Dec 4, 2016

    Delicious and moist. My turkey was a big hit this thanksgiving! Will use this same recipe for whole chickens as well.

  • Gramma Amy
    Feb 19, 2016

    My favorite way to roast a turkey breast. Smells wonderful as it bakes and tastes great.

  • love2cooktoo
    Nov 15, 2015

    The best roasted turkey recipe there is! You will not be disappointed!