Garlic Butter Turkey Breast Recipe

This Garlic Butter Turkey Breast Recipe is perfect for a small gathering for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other special occasions. This oven-roasted turkey breast is cooked in a herb garlic butter sauce that everyone will love. The skin on this turkey breast is extra crispy and the inside perfectly tender and moist.

You will love how simple and delicious this garlic butter turkey breast recipe is. It’s filled with so much flavour thanks to the herb, garlic, and butter! Roasting turkey breast is a simple way to make juicy turkey for Thanksgiving, or any holiday celebration without having to roast a whole turkey.

A garlic butter turkey breast, cut opened.

While a lot of people like to make a traditional turkey for holiday dinners, I feel that just a turkey breast is a great alternative.  Plus it takes way less time to prep and cook in comparison and since we’re having smaller family dinners now. If you’re having more people over, you can roast two turkey breasts instead of one!

If you’d like more holiday recipes, try my Healthier Green Bean Casserole Recipe, Creamy Mashed Potatoes RecipeRoasted Brussels Sprouts with Mayo Mustard Dressing,

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Ingredients needed to make garlic butter turkey breast.

How to make this Garlic Herb Butter Turkey Breast

Ingredients

  • Turkey breast — get a boneless and skin-on turkey breast to save time on removing the bone.
  • Butter — be sure to use unsalted butter to keep the turkey from tasting too salty. Make sure the butter has softened, so you can mix the herbs in.
  • Salt and black pepper — to taste.
  • Garlic — use freshly minced garlic and not pre-minced garlic.
  • Fresh herbs — I use fresh thyme, parsley, and rosemary to add flavour to the turkey breasts.

Instructions

Bring your turkey to room temperature and prep the oven

  • Take the turkey breast out from the fridge and leave it out for about 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Adjust the rack in the oven to the lower-middle position, and preheat the oven to 400°F.

Prepare the turkey

  • In a small bowl, add butter, salt, black pepper, garlic, and herbs. Mix all together and set aside for later.
  • Use a spoon to loosen the skin from the turkey flesh so you can rub the mixture under the skin. Careful not to tear the skin so the butter mixture can say under the skin.
  • Using your hands, add some butter mixture under the skin, then add some on the top of the breast. Spread butter mixture as evenly as possible.
  • Turn turkey upside down and spread more butter mixture on it. Then, if you have any butter mixture leftover, add it to the baking pan before sprinkling salt and pepper onto the turkey breast.

Bake the turkey

  • Place turkey in the baking pan, skin side up.
  • Roast the turkey breast for 1 hr 30 minutes, basting the turkey with butter every 30 minutes.
  • Rest for 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Use the melted butter mixture as gravy.

Overhead view of a garlic butter turkey breast cut on a plate.

Recipe tips

  • Depending on the size of your turkey breast, it may take longer for yours to roast. Always use a thermometer to check the internal temperature. It should be 165F.
  • If your turkey gets brown too quickly, cover it with foil to avoid the skin burning before the inside is cooked through.
  • If you do not have fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs in their place.
  • Make sure you pat dry your turkey first. The moisture on the skin from thawing it or taking it out of the fridge will make it difficult for your skin to crisp up.
  • It is important to allow your turkey to rest before you cut into it. When it is resting, the juices inside the turkey are redistributed back throughout the meat. If you cut it too early, you end up losing the moistness and your turkey will be dry.
  • Garlic powder does not have the same fresh flavour as freshly minced garlic, so stick to fresh garlic if possible.

A garlic butter turkey breast sliced opened.

How many people will this turkey breast recipe serve?

A 4 to 5 pound turkey breast will easily feed up to 6 people, so you could make this for your family if you want to have a small and intimate dinner.

How do I store leftovers?

Leftover turkey can be stored for up to 4 days in the fridge. It’s best that you store the turkey breast as whole as possible as it keeps it moist upon reheating it. You can reheat the breast in the oven to keep the skin crispy or in the microwave.

If you’re looking for a way to use up your leftovers, try my Turkey Vegetable Soup Recipe.

How do I keep the turkey breast from drying out?

Basting the turkey breast with butter as it cooks will prevent it from being dry. Avoid overcooking the turkey breasts as well. Around 10 to 15 minutes before the turkey is set to finish, start checking the internal temperature with a thermometer. You can use a wire rack to rest the turkey breast if you’re worried that the residual heat from the baking pan will overcook it.

Want more turkey recipes?

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closeup of garlic butter turkey breast

Garlic Butter Turkey Breast

This Garlic Butter Turkey Breast Recipe is perfect for a small gathering for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other special occasions. This oven-roasted turkey breast is cooked in a herb garlic butter sauce that everyone will love. The skin on this turkey breast is extra crispy and the inside perfectly tender and moist.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 4-5 lb turkey breast - boneless and skin-on, patted dry
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter - softened
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 garlic cloves - minced
  • 3 tsp fresh thyme - chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley - chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary - chopped

Instructions

  • First, remove the turkey breast from the fridge and leave it out for about 30 minutes before cooking. Adjust the oven rack to the lower middle position, and preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a small bowl, add butter, salt, black pepper, garlic, thyme, parsley and rosemary. Mix all together. Set aside.
  • Use an upside spoon to help loosen the skin from the turkey flesh, if necessary.
  • Using your hands, add some butter mixture under the skin, then add some on the top of the breast. Spread butter mixture as evenly as possible. Then, sprinkle some more salt and pepper over the turkey breast.
  • Turn turkey upside down and spread more butter mixture on it. Then, if you have any butter mixture leftover, add on the baking pan.
  • Place turkey in baking pan, skin side up. Place turkey in the oven and turn the temperature down to 350F.
  • Roast for 1 hr 30 minutes (the time will depend on the size of your turkey breast) and don’t forget to bast all over the turkey breast every 30 minutes. When the turkey is done the internal temperature should be 165F.
  • If your turkey gets brown so quickly, cover it with foil to avoid burning outside.
  • Rest for 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Use the melted butter mixture as gravy. So yummy!
Serving: 1/6, Calories: 566kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 70g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 220mg, Sodium: 798mg, Potassium: 20mg

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