The simplest method of roasting a turkey breast in the oven. The result: roasted turkey breast with crispy skin and moist, tender meat. A quick sauce made with the roasting juices and you’re done.
ROASTED TURKEY BREAST
After roasting the turkey drumsticks last week, it was the breast’s turn in the oven.
I still had a frozen turkey breast belonging to the last turkey I bought from a farm in our village, a nice and large turkey breast with its skin still on.
Normally, supermarket turkey breasts have all their skin removed and although generally I cannot say that’s such a bad thing (the calories…), I have to admit that the skin definitely keeps the turkey breast moister and gives it a lot of extra flavor.
INTERNAL TEMPERATURE OF ROASTED TURKEY BREAST
General rules on roasting turkey breast:
Turkey breast sizes can differ very much from bird to bird. I usually roast only half a breast, it is more than enough for our family. It normally weighs between 1,2 and 1,7 kg/ 2.6 – 3.7 lbs.
When defrosting turkey parts always do that in the fridge. Allow at least 10 hours in the fridge for a large turkey breast, more for larger pieces or for pieces with bones.
Take the meat out the fridge about one hour before you start cooking and allow it to come to room temperature.
Start checking the internal temperature of the meat using a meat thermometer about 1 hour after starting the cooking process (depending on the size of the piece of meat) and continue checking regularly until the meat reaches the required internal temperature, 71 degrees Celsius/ 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rest the turkey breast for about 10-15 minutes before slicing it, the internal temperature will rise to 73 degrees Celsius/ 165 degrees Fahrenheit during this time and that is the recommended internal temperature of turkey.
Recommended internal temperature for turkey:
- This is the simplest way I have ever found to roast turkey breast. I mean, roasting a piece of meat is not particularly difficult, still you have to take care not to overcook the meat, for me that’s the biggest challenge.
- I always worry about serving unsafe food to my family (especially when it comes to poultry) and it does happen that, from sheer fear of serving raw poultry, I end up having a dry roast.
- But not anymore, not since buying and learning how to use a meat thermometer and taking the time to search about the internal temperature of various types of meat.
- When it comes to the internal temperature of turkey I found this site United States Department of Agriculture – Food Safety and Inspection Service to be very useful.
- They provide quite detailed information not only regarding the above-mentioned internal temperature of properly cooked turkey, but also information on thawing and roasting a turkey or turkey parts, including timetables and other cooking tips.
- So, if you do not own a meat thermometer yet and don’t intend to buy one, those timetables on roasting the meat can be very useful.
Using a meat thermometer:
- The best part about using the thermometer is that you don’t have to calculate the cooking times when it comes to different bird parts weighing more or less than what a particular recipe states.
- Sticking the thermometer in the thickest part of the meat and reading the inner temperature allows you to end up the process in time and to ensure eating safe yet still moist and juicy meat.
- My turkey breast weighed about 1,5 kg/ 3,5 lbs and I needed a total roasting time of 1 hour and 30 minutes by 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit, temperature which was lowered to 75 degrees Celsius/ 167 to finish the cooking process.
- Of course, the cooking time depends on your oven as well, not all ovens are top when it comes to the exact temperature. You have to know your oven and adjust times accordingly.
- If you don’t use a meat thermometer, check the meat after about 1hour and 10 minutes by inserting a long stick in the thickest part of the breast. The juices should run clear, if they are still red or pink continue the cooking process checking again every 5 minutes or so.
BAKED TURKEY BREAST
Variations on the recipe:
This recipe for baked turkey breast is very basic. It involves only basic seasoning, just a few ingredients. But like the way things are with basic recipes, they do allow a lot of changes according to your taste. For instance:
- I used only chicken stock to cook the turkey breast, you could either mix that with some wine, use only wine or only water, if you wish.
- I rubbed the breast with paprika powder, salt and pepper, but you could use any spices you like, for instance curry mixtures or other Indian spices, anything you like actually.
- I added onions and garlic to the roasting pan, but you could enrich the dish with some carrots, parsnips, peppers and so on.
- When making the sauce, puree all or only some of these vegetables and serve the rest of them on the side.
- I thickened and enriched the sauce with smetana, but you could use heavy cream or sour cream instead or you can leave these milk products out of the equation. The sauce is delicious even if you do not add any milk products.
- In case the sauce is too thin, you can thicken it with some cornstarch.
HOW TO SERVE ROASTED TURKEY BREAST
Serve the baked turkey breast with potatoes in any form you like and vegetables or salad of choice.
Potato side dishes for oven roasted turkey breast:
Vegetable side dishes for roasted turkey breast:
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6
Serving Size: 1/6 of the dish
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 401 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 204mg Sodium: 487mg Carbohydrates: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 77g