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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.
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword roasted turkey recipe, turkey breast recipe, turkey recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 566kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
    overhead view of the ingredients to make garlic butter turkey breast
  • In a small bowl, add butter, salt, black pepper, garlic, thyme, parsley and rosemary. Mix all together. Set aside.
    garlic, butter and herbs in a bowl
  • 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.
    turkey breast with garlic butter on top
  • Turn turkey upside down and spread more butter mixture on it. Then, if you have any butter mixture leftover, add on the baking pan.
    garlic butter in a 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!
    closeup of garlic butter turkey breast


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