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Feeling a little nervous about cooking a whole turkey for Thanksgiving? Don’t! We love doing an herb roasted turkey breast and forgetting the stress!

What Herbs are Best With Turkey?

I like rosemary, lemon thyme and sage.

I use oregano occasionally because of it’s great health benefits.

And Sage, sage and did I mention sage? Lots of sage. It takes away the “sour” taste that turkey has all on its own and lets the turkey be its delicious self.

Feeling a little nervous about cooking a whole turkey for Thanksgiving? Don't! We love doing an herb roasted turkey breast and forgetting the stress!

Are you like most American’s and feel nervous about roasting the big bird for Thanksgiving? I’ve done it quite a few times now and I still get nervous. Our fried turkey is still one of our favorites, and the smoked turkey was definitely just as easy, but sometimes you want that traditional turkey flavor, but worry about actually pulling it off successfully. Which is why I’ve chosen to post about herb roasted turkey breast versus the actual bird this year.

Is Herb Roasted Turkey Breast Gluten Free?

Fresh or dried leaves, such as basil, dill, parsley, rosemary and thyme, would be examples of herbs.

… Individual herbs and spices do not usually contain gluten, though a non-gluten anti-caking agent (e.g. calcium silicate, silicon dioxide or sodium aluminum silica) may be added.

Quick and easy herb roasted turkey breast for those who don't like dark meat or don't want a whole turkey ohsweetbasil.com

So here’s what I like about the breast versus the whole bird. I love that it makes it easy to cook for as little as two people to a whole crowd. You can pop one small breast, or a couple of larger breasts in different pans into the oven without worrying about a whole turkey being too much or trying to fit multiple birds into one oven when in reality most people really only eat the breast anyway.

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Quick and easy herb roasted turkey breast for those who don't like dark meat or don't want a whole turkey ohsweetbasil.com

Seriously, most people go for the breast. It’s their favorite part. Roasting a turkey breast is so darn easy and it allows everyone to have the juicy, white meat. Not to mention you don’t even have to worry about under cooking or not thawing the whole bird properly. Gosh, the big guy really is just so much more work and stress. This recipe is just salt, pepper, sage and thyme. That’s it. Oh, I guess a little olive oil, but that’s it. Anyone can do it and it tastes fantasterific.

Can You Freeze the Left-Over Herb Roasted Turkey Breast?

Yes, as long as the turkey breast was completely cooked through, you can freeze it for another time!

Keep it tightly wrapped to prevent freezer burn.

How Do You Re-Heat Roasted Turkey Breast?

Place the Turkey Breast in a shallow pan with a small amount of liquid (water or turkey drippings).

Cover in foil and heat approximately 15 minutes per pound, until the internal temperature reaches 160*.

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

If you don't want to cook an entire turkey for Thanksgiving make sure you make this herb roasted turkey breast. We love it and it's such an easy way to cook turkey! ohsweetbasil.com

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Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

 
Feeling a little nervous about cooking a whole turkey for Thanksgiving? Don't! We love doing an herb roasted turkey breast and forgetting the stress!

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 3 lb turkey breast
Quick and easy herb roasted turkey breast for those who don't like dark meat or don't want a whole turkey ohsweetbasil.com

Ingredients

  • 3 lb Boneless Turkey Breast thawed
  • 4 Sage Leaves fresh
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme chopped, fresh
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Place the turkey breast on a flat surface and gently lift the skin to expose the breast.
  • Sprinkle evenly with the salt, pepper, thyme and the sage leave.
  • Place the skin back down and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake according to package instructions, but ours took 2 1/2 hours at 325.
  • Allow the turkey to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 708 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 363mg121%
Sodium 1154mg50%
Protein 137g274%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Feeling a little nervous about cooking a whole turkey for Thanksgiving? Don't! We love doing an herb roasted turkey breast and forgetting the stress!
Herb Sage Roasted Turkey Breast is way easier than cooking the whole bird and still just as juicy and delicious ohsweetbasil.com

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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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47 comments

  • Can this be done with a bone-in breast? And if so, how long would it cook? Thanks!

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    • Sure, you’d roast it for 2- 2 1/2 hours 🙂

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  • This was delicious. Need to correct the cook time.  Use a thermometer.  Cook time for me was a little more than an hour.  Cook it for 2.5 hours and it would be dust.  

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  • This looks perfect!

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    • Thank you!

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  • So many flavors! 

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  • There are so many different situations on Thanksgiving, it’s nicer to have a small turkey option!

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  • hi covered in oven or uncovered????

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    • Hi Eileen, uncovered, but it wont hurt anything to cover it. 🙂

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  • I made this for Easter lunch today, only doubled it because I have a large extended family, and this was the best turkey I’ve ever eaten! I cooked it in a Nesco roaster oven and it was so juicy and had amazing flavor! I got so many compliments from everyone! Thanks so much for this recipe! Delicious!

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    • We are so thrilled! And we have yet to buy a roaster oven but we want to. How do you like yours?

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  • How many people does a 3lb boneless turkey breast feed??

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    • It depends on adults/kids and how much they eat but generally around 3-4 people

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      • Looks Delish. But 1 lb per person ? The fat per serving seemed off when I read it. 

  • HELP! ASAP!

    Hi, I love this recipe – I made it awhile back and it was a huge hit with my hubs! Quick question, I was going to make it again tonight but I accidentally bought a Chicken Breast instead of a Turkey Breast … Can I sub in chicken ? Any changes to cook time etc? Aren’t chicken and turkey pretty much the same? Thanks! Jayne

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    • Oh good! I’m so glad! You can absolutely sub with chicken and the rest is all the same still. 🙂

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  • Hi. That food looks really delicious! I am looking at cooking it this weekend. I have one question. How many tablespoon, teaspoon, or cups of Olive oil? Thanks

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    • only around 1-2 tablespoons depending on the size of breast that you buy. I drizzle it on and if it doesn’t cover it then I add a little more.

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  • This turkey looks like perfection 🙂 I bet it tastes amazing!

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    • thank you my darling! Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  • This looks so amazing! Must try!!! <3

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  • What a gorgeous turkey breast, Carrian! And sage is my favorite holiday herb, so I love that this recipe has a good dose of it.

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    • Thanks Dara! It’s been so long! We really need to get together!

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  • Amazing! I love the pictures and this recipe! Thank you for sharing!! 🙂

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  • wow I love the colour you’ve got on that turkey, not too pale, not too dark! you have some very lucky guests this year! I love your herb combination too!

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    • Thanks Jenny! I am so particular about color on food. I like an even golden color always.

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  • This looks amazing but I can’t find the actual recipe for the Herb Roasted Turkey Breast. Do you have a specific recipe to follow? Thanks!

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    • Hi Shauna, I can see the recipe. It may have been a browser error. Will you check again and let me know just in case?

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      • I can see it now! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

  • These look delicious

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  • I. Am. Drooling. No, actually, seriously drooling. Carrian, you shedevil! You know what’s strange is that I am not a vegetarian, but I could easily become one if it weren’t for turkey! That is the only meat keeping me from being totally meatless. I LOVE turkey! And this looks incredible. Also dying over that deep fried turkey. Can I come over for Thanksgiving this year?!

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    • Oh my gosh! I would love that if we could celebrate together!!

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  • That is such a gorgeous turkey! I am so ready for Thanksgiving!

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  • This looks and sounds so good! Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

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  • I love making just the turkey breast, it’s so beautiful! 🙂

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    • Totally easier too!

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  • Carrian, this turkey looks amazing! Can I come to your house for T-Giving?

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    • oh, heck yes!

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  • I always have the hardest time finding a boneless turkey breast – any ideas? This looks beautiful.

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    • Liz, Surprisingly enough Walmart carries them the most. But a lot of them are in the frozen section too.

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  • I love sage, and this sounds divine!! And thanks for linking up my turkey!

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  • This looks fantastic, Carrian! Want to come cook my Thanksgiving dinner?

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    • For you, anytime!

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  • I want to make this for this year’s Thanksgiving meal! thanks so much for this and for the chance to win too!! Love your blog!

    Joey

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    • Thanks Joey!!

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  • I’m worried I may be in charge of the turkey again this year too. We always do a crockpot turkey breast. It’s way easy to cook and I don’t have to think about it. Or worry about making it too dry. I’ve been looking for a variation and this looks like a winner! It looks beautiful!!

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    • I love crockpots, but why have I never done a turkey in it? This way always is spot on for the baking time and it’s so yum!

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