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turkey breast cooked in the dutch oven with sauce

Dutch Oven Turkey Breast

Dutch oven turkey breast braised with apples in a creamy sauce, a delicious alternative to a whole Thanksgiving turkey.
Course Poultry
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 458kcal
Author Adina


  • 2.2 lbs turkey breast 1 kg, boneless, skinless
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder See note 1
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 crisp sweet-tart apples See note 2
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup semi-sweet white wine 250 ml
  • 1 cup heavy cream 250 ml
  • fine sea salt and ground black pepper


  • Season: Pat dry the turkey breast with kitchen paper. Mix the curry, cinnamon, sugar, ¾ fine sea salt, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Rub the turkey breast with this mixture.
  • Brown: Heat a little oil in the Dutch oven and brown the turkey breast on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. If the turkey breast is rather higher than flat, it will have more than only two sides to brown.
  • Add the chopped onions and quartered apples during the last 3 minutes of the browning time. Add the white wine and stir slightly around the turkey breast.
  • Braise: Place the lid on and braise the turkey on medium low heat for 1 hour, turning the breast twice in between.
  • Check the internal temperature after about 50 minutes if the turkey breast is relatively flat. To ensure that the turkey breast is cooked through (even a thicker one should be done after one hour), check the internal temperature using a meat thermometer. The temperature should be 74 degrees Celsius/ 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Rest: Remove the turkey breast from the pot, cover it loosely with aluminum foil and let rest while you make the sauce.
  • Make the gravy: Pour the heavy cream into the pot and let bubble until slightly thickened. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper.


  1. I used an aromatic yellow curry powder, which was not hot. If using hotter curry powder, please adjust the amount according to your taste.
  2. For instance, Granny Smith.


Serving: 1/6 of the dish | Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 181mg | Sodium: 532mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g