This roasted turkey breast with garlic herb butter is a rolled turkey breast recipe and is a great alternative to making the entire turkey. When you don’t feel like cooking the entire turkey, don’t have time for it or just want to make something different, the rolled turkey breast is the recipe to try. Get perfect results the first time and every time with these easy step by step photo instructions on how to roast a turkey breast.
Rolled Turkey Breast in Garlic Herb Butter
We traveled this Thanksgiving and since it’s just three of us, we didn’t want to make the entire turkey, but still wanted something made with a boneless turkey breast recipe that was easy to make while traveling. This roasted rolled turkey breast was definitely a winner! I still can’t believe we pulled it off in a hotel room while traveling! But I must admit it’s not any special cooking skills, it’s the turkey breast recipe – so easy and so tasty, you can make it on the go!
What is boneless turkey breast with skin-on
Most of us can’t buy a fresh turkey breast and especially half of a breast. Most supermarket turkey breasts are solid frozen and injected with a brine solution and flavor enhancers. This presents a couple of issues:
- Storage of the massive throne turkey can be problematic – do you really have all this available space in the freezer? I know I don’t
- Thawing the entire turkey takes a lot of time and you need to do it ride to avoid bacteria built up, accumulation of histamine on the meat and lack of freshness
Instead you can opt to buy either whole boneless turkey breast with skin-on like I did in this how to roast a turkey breast recipe or butterflied turkey breast.
How many servings per boneless turkey breast?
I consider the number of servings not quite the same as to how much to buy. Because this is a boneless turkey breast, you will get a lot more meat for 3 pounds than from regular turkey breast. The assumption here is that a serving is 1/2 pound – that is a nice good sized slice of turkey. This assumption leads to 6 servings of a turkey breast that is 3 pounds – which is the size most commonly found in the supermarkets and the size of the boneless turkey breast I used here.
But we all overeat turkey and want leftovers. If that’s the case and if you are like me and eat just enough turkey to leave room for other delicious thanksgiving foods, then you can easily stretch a 3 pound boneless turkey breast to about 8 to 10 servings.
How to thaw a turkey breast
If your boneless turkey breast came frozen, to thaw turkey breast faster, place unopened breast in cold tap water for 1 to 3 hours. Change water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey breast in the safety zone which is less than 40 degrees.
NEVER EVER thaw the turkey breast or any other meat at room temperature. It is not safe at all.
What temperature to cook a boneless turkey breast?
The best answer in my experience is 375 degrees. But 350 degrees can work, but it will take a bit longer and potentially can dry boneless turkey breast a little more.
List of non-food items you will need to make this roasted rolled turkey breast:
- Skillet (for cooking garlic)
- Roasting pan (for roasting rolled boneless turkey of course!)
- Foil (optional to prevents herbs from charring)
- Kitchen twine
- Lemon zester
- Toothpicks to hold rolled boneless turkey in place (optional). I just held it down really tight.
Can I use oil instead of butter on the skin of the turkey?
I prefer to use butter and most recipes do as well. However crisp skin hates moisture and butter is 20% water, but not oil.
So if you want an assuredly crispy skin, it’s a good idea to use oil and not butter.
Ways to use boneless turkey breast
- Make this rolled turkey breast instead of a traditional full size bone in skin on turkey
- Use it as lunch meat – it’s perfectly juicy and not dry at all, unlike the usual dry leftover turkey
- Make boneless turkey breast for a weeknight dinner and prepare a gravy to dip the slices in – yummy!
- Serve this amazing rolled turkey breast for Christmas!
The beauty of this boneless turkey recipe is that it can be made two days ahead with no loss of flavor or moisture! And this roasted rolled turkey breast had a lot more flavor than our usual recipe for the entire bird.
What makes this rolled roasted turkey breast so flavorful
The ingredients that give this roasted rolled turkey breast such a great flavor include lemon zest, and crushed garlic and butter. Because they get rolled both into the turkey as well as rubbed on the outside. And of course herbs!
Herbs to flavor turkey breast
Parsley, thyme, sage and rosemary, but be creative and use your own combination.
Tips on how to slice a boneless turkey breast
Once the turkey breast is roasted, it’s now the fun part – slicing it! Roasted turkey breast should be sliced pretty thinly for the best roasted rolled turkey experience. Carve slowly and steadily increase the pressure to ensure that every slice has a bit of skin since it’s just loaded with flavor – you don’t want anyone to miss out on it, do you?
Try it for yourself and see how easy it is to enjoy making this flavorful roasted turkey breast instead of the whole turkey!
Dishes that go well with the turkey breast:
This roasted rolled turkey breast with garlic herb butter recipe is a great alternative to making the entire turkey. When you don’t feel like cooking the entire turkey, don’t have time for it or just want to make something different, this is the turkey recipe to try.
- 5 tbsp butter softened
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tbsp fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage and parsley) minced
- 1 tsp fresh lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 lb turkey breast boneless, skin-on
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- parsley for garnish
Garlic Herb Butter: Melt 1 tbsp butter in a medium skillet, add 6 cloves of minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Turn off heat and add 2 tbsp fresh herbs, 1 tsp fresh lemon zest and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix well.
- Preparing Rolled Turkey: Lay turkey breast, skin side down, and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Set aside. Rub garlic herb butter from step 1 all over the underside of turkey and under the skin. Roll the turkey to form a tube and use toothpicks (or fingers:) to hold it tight in place. Using kitchen twine, tie it around the turkey to keep it from opening up during roasting. Rub the remaining herb butter on top of the roll.
Roasting Rolled Turkey: Preheat oven to 375 F. Place in a roasting pan or a baking dish and bake until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees to 165 degrees, about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes total. Remove from oven, and let rest for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, remove twine, and cut crosswise into 1/2- to 1-inch-thick slices. Place slices on a platter, and garnish with parsley.
Notes: Calories is per serving.
Recipe Source: Olga's Flavor Factory
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