Roasted Turkey Breast

by Meri on December 7, 2012









I’m a big fan of roasted turkey and will admit that one of my top 10 favorite foods is a very simple turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with a small slab of mayo and a slice of cheddar cheese. Not very fancy I know but I love, love, love them. I always hear how people get “turkey’ed” out after Thanksgiving which I can understand when you are cooking such a large bird although the concept is foreign to me personally. I look at turkey just like I do chicken, I can easily eat it regularly. That’s where turkey breasts come into play. The whole turkey takes more prep, more cooking time and more work cutting so I get why it’s reserved for special holiday meals but the turkey breast is brilliant! It’s so simple to make and I  look at as one of my favorite quickie go-to meals for the week so I make them often.

Yesterday was one of those days. The kids didn’t nap making them revved up in that “tired” energy that leads to undesired behaviors like knocking over lamps or shattering a frame by seeing if it can “fly” off the banister so I needed to shoo them outside to play in the afternoon. I was so happy I had that turkey breast in the refrigerator because to me they are super simple to prep. I basically took what I had around the house, lemons, olive oil, salt, pepper, celery and used some of my trusty fresh herbs from my window sill herb garden, prepped my bird in 10 minutes, threw it in the oven and went outside to play a round of tag to get the kids tired out. After running around they decided to get involved in the dirt and were covered head to toe from their outdoor “cooking” of dirt pizzas (not pies or cakes like normal kids) so a bath was in order. By 4:00 my turkey was done.  I took it out, stripped my kids at the door, ran upstairs to throw them in for a quick bath and had turkey ready to go for later in the evening. I don’t mind cooking it early since it’s so easy to warm up later even if I need to throw it in the refrigerator.

Here’s my recipe for making a juicy turkey breast

Roasted Turkey Breast


1 Turkey breast or turkey breast half

1 lemon

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil (enough to lightly coat the whole breast on both sides)

Salt and pepper to taste

2 celery stalks cut into 4 sections

2 twigs of fresh Rosemary

3 twigs fresh thyme

4 sage leaves


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place turkey breast in roasting pan

2.  Squeeze juice of one lemon and olive oil over the turkey and rub into the entire breast with your hands

3.  Salt and pepper both sides of the bird to your preference

4.  Place the squeezed lemon peels on either side of the bird along with the celery stalks and garlic

5.  Throw the fresh herbs around the breast

6.  Bake in the oven uncovered, around 20 minutes per pound (usually around an hour) or until you reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Love this meal as it really is so simple with a very small amount of prep time and creates a good amount of food to use for dinner and turkey sandwiches for the remainder of the week. This is a great way to avoid using a lot of processed luncheon meat as well.

Do you cook turkey often or is it a once a year ritual?

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