By: Chef Laura Bonicelli
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast is my go-to turkey recipe, whether I want turkey for sandwiches, to use in another dish – like a Turkey Tetrazzini, or to serve as a main dish with sides. Buy your ingredients at your favorite Farmers Market!
About Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast is my go-to turkey recipe, whether I want turkey for sandwiches, to use in another dish – like a Turkey Tetrazzini, or to serve as a main dish with sides.
The tradition of roasting a whole turkey at Thanksgiving is, of course, very American. However, it can be challenging to get the turkey to cook evenly because by the time you get everything up to temp – the breast can be dried out and overcooked. There are many solutions out there – brining – basting – injecting – deep-frying – my best answer is spatchcocking the whole bird (which is taking out the backbone and roasting it flat. Spatchcocking is an excellent method – but you do lose the drama of presenting an entire bird. Since most people go for turkey breast, I started using this combination of herbs and wine and just roasting the breast alone. And the result is a moist and herby and delicious!
It can be a trick to find a whole bone-in turkey breast with the skin intact. It’s worth making a few phone calls to butcher shops or the butcher department in your local grocery store because these days, many stores only carry whole birds and packaged skinless, boneless breasts. We’re working with putting part of the herb mixture under the skin.
The herb mixture contains four of the usual suspects, garlic, rosemary, sage, and thyme. But, it also has lemon juice. The lemon juice gives the Herb Roasted Turkey Breast a little tang and accentuates the herbs’ flavor. I rub half of the herb mixture under the skin and the rest over the entire breast. The real secret to the turkey meat’s moistness is the wine in the bottom of the roasting pan. You’re essentially roasting the bird while your steaming flavor into the meat.
I hope you like turkey sandwiches!
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