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Garlic and Herb Roast Turkey Breast

This garlic and herb roast turkey breast is tender, juicy and full of flavor. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword roast turkey, Thanksgiving turkey recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 302kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 7-8 lb. whole turkey breast, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 whole head of garlic, cut in half crosswise (you don’t need to peel the garlic)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • A few sage leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  • Rinse the turkey breast with cold water. Pat dry.
  • Liberally salt and pepper the inside cavity of the turkey.
  • Cut the lemons in quarters and place two quarters in the cavity, along with the garlic. Add rosemary, thyme and sage to the inside of the turkey.
  • Brush the turkey with olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Place the turkey in a large shallow roasting pan lined with aluminum foil (for easy clean-up).
  • Add 1 cup water to bottom of pan.
  • Place the reserved lemons and the sliced onion in a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Pour the lemon and onion mixture around the turkey inside the pan.
  • Roast the turkey breast for 2 – 2 ½ hours, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F. Baste with pan juices every 30 minutes.
  • If any part of the turkey browns too quickly while cooking, just tent lightly with aluminum foil.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven and place on a large cutting board. Tent the turkey with foil and allow it to rest for about 20 minutes before carving. 


If you're using a different size turkey breast, here is a good rule of thumb to follow for cooking time:
Roast bone-in turkey breast in a 350 degree F oven for 20 minutes per pound.


Serving: 1/8 of the recipe (skin on) | Calories: 302kcal | Protein: 48g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Cholesterol: 90.7mg | Sodium: 1003mg