Simple Bone-In Turkey Breast

Cook’s notes: This is an A+ recipe that is very simple to make. Sliced organic turkey meat without nitrites in the deli runs about $6.99 for 6 oz. Compare this to $4.99/lb for high quality turkey breast you cook yourself.

I have made this recipe several times, and it is amazingly good. Tips:

  • Cook turkey breast for 15 to 20 minutes per pound.
  • Cook a 2.5 lb turkey breast for 38 to 50 minutes (until the internal temperature reaches 160F)
  • This turkey might also be tasty on a bed of orange slices. The lemon soaks in through the whole thing when it roasts.

1 lemon, washed and sliced
1 bone-in, turkey breast half (about 3 lbs)
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Spice blend: 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 2 tsp garlic powder, and 2 tsp rosemary blend

Heat oven to 350. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay the lemon slices down the center of the pan. Set aside.

Rub a thin coating of olive oil all over the turkey, over the top and bottom. Season the oiled turkey with the spice blend.

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet, and place turkey skin side down in the pan.  Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the turkey has a nice golden brown crust.

Lay the turkey breast on the lemon slices, and cook for about 1 hour (15 to 20 minutes per lb.) or until the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 160F.

Allow the turkey to cool for 20 minutes; slice and enjoy.

Source: Adapted from instructions posted to the Clean and Delicious site.