Herbed Roast Turkey Breast

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 20, 2023
When learning how to cook turkey breast for my first formal dinner party as a newlywed, I came across this particular recipe. It was such a success that this turkey breast recipe has become a standby on all my entertaining menus. —Lisa Mahon Fluegeman, Cincinnati, Ohio

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  • 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, until a thermometer reads 170°, 2 to 2-1/2 hours. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Cover and let stand 15 minutes before carving.
Savory Turkey Breast: Omit the lemon juice, oil, pepper, rosemary, thyme and salt. Combine 1/4 cup softened butter, 2 teaspoons rubbed sage, 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon each dried minced onion and thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Loosen the skin on the turkey breast as directed. Spread 2 tablespoons butter mixture under turkey skin; spread remaining mixture over skin. Proceed as directed.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • If your turkey breast isn't quite thawed, be sure to allot for a longer cook-time to accommodate the colder bird.
  • You can often use lemon and lime juice interchangeably in recipes to achieve a different flavor. To substitute orange, though, you’ll need to keep a little lemon or lime to spark up the flavor.
  • Find more yummy turkey recipes here.
  • Nutrition 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.