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Juicy and Savory Turkey Breast Recipe

Try making this juicy and savory turkey breast recipe that’s perfect throughout the year for a delicious dinner.

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I’m always looking for a variety of food to cook.  My family seems to get bored easily so I try to switch things up.  We normally have beef and chicken the most just because it’s easy to cook.  I can throw it on the grill or the oven, but turkey is just as easy.  

I decided to switch things up this past week and I made a roasted turkey breast.  My husband loves roasted turkey.  A lot of people only seem to have it at Thanksgiving, but you can really have it year round.  It’s pretty simple to make and throw in the oven.  I love that there is enough for left overs the next day for lunch or even dinner again.

sliced turkey breast on yellow plate

I was telling a few friends that I made a Shady Brook Farms turkey breast and they thought I was taking on a huge cooking project and cooking a whole turkey.  They didn’t realize how simple it was so I thought I could write it up.  I use my own basil I have growing in the garden, but the best part about this is that you can just buy jarred pesto at the grocery store if you don’t want to make it yourself or don’t have time.


  • Shady Brook Farms turkey breast
  • Fresh basil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic- You an use fresh garlic or the garlic that’s minced that comes in the jar.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chicken broth or white wine

How to make savory turkey breast recipe

First, you’ll need to preheat the oven to 325F.  I grabbed the basil from my garden and had my helper pick the leaves off for me. I had her do about 1 cup of leaves.

young girl with brown hair and purple shirt helping pull leaves from basil plant

Next, I threw in 3 garlic gloves and the basil into my mini food processor.  I added salt and black pepper to taste.  I poured in enough oil to make it blend nicely, just a few tablespoons.

Now you’ll need to use about half the herbs under the skin of of the turkey.  You will need to just pull the skin back and rub it on and then lay the skin back on.  Rub the rest all over the outside.  Pour 1 cup of chicken broth or wine into the bottom of your pan.  I love that is has one of those thermometers that pop out when it’s done!

raw turkey bone in turkey breast overed in bright green basil leaves in roasting pan

Cook for about 15 minutes per pound and until your meat thermometer says 165 degrees.  Cook it slowly for the best taste and tenderness. Cook time should be just about an hour.

close up of meat thermometer showing turkey breast is done at 165F

I’m glad it it looks good for the picture because I totally dropped the pan taking this out of the oven!  This is such a great meal and easy. I didn’t even serve this at a meal though.  My husband used our electric knife and sliced all the breast so we can use it for sandwiches at lunch, his favorite.  

overhead view of cooked turkey breast on cutting board

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Savory Turkey Breast Recipe

Try making this juicy and savory turkey breast recipe that’s perfect throughout the year for a delicious dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane


  • 1 4lb Shady Brook Farms turkey breast
  • 1 cup basil
  • 2-4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Chicken broth or white wine


  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Add basil, garlic, olive oil, salt and black pepper and blend until smooth.
  • Place turkey in roasting pan and pull back the skin on the turkey breast and rub on half the basil mixture. Replace the skin and rub the other half of the basil on the outside.
  • Add chicken broth or wine to the bottom of your baking pan.
  • Cook until the temperature reaches 165F, about one hour.
Recipe Rating

Trey Erving

Thursday 3rd of September 2015

A girlfriend told me about the mayo trick when I was first married and Ive never roasted a turkey or turkey breast without it since. The skin is crisp and flavorful and the meat is tender, moist and delicious.

Jennifer H.

Monday 31st of August 2015

I would make roasted turkey with carrots and potatoes.

April Morrison

Monday 31st of August 2015

I would make my turkey roasted and add gravy, potatoes, stuffing, peas, and rolls.

Gregory Fortenberry

Monday 31st of August 2015

Turkey sandwiches for the next day :). With the turkey mashed potatoes and corn.

rissa j

Monday 31st of August 2015

I would make a roasted turkey with cauliflower mash and sweet peas :)