Just how long does it take to roast a turkey breast? Find out here - and learn the best way to flavor the breast too!
Turkeys are big - they take up a load of room in the fridge, then a load of room in the oven! They also take a LONG time to cook.
But if you want to enjoy the flavor of roast turkey all year round, there's a way to do so without the hassle - and that's to roast just the turkey breast instead.
Due to their size - on average around 5 lb or so - the average turkey breast is more than big enough to make a decent meal for the whole family. What's more, it's a rich source of protein and low in fat - especially if you remove the skin.
One of our favorite things about roasting a turkey breast is how easy it is to carve! Compared to trying to neatly carve a whole bird, it's an absolute breeze!
It's also really easy to add loads of flavor by brining.
If you've ever tried brining a whole turkey, you'll know what a hassle it is - and how hard it is to find a container to use, let alone fit it in the fridge. Brining a turkey breast is MUCH more manageable - and it results in a tender, flavorful bird.
So how long does it take to roast a turkey breast?
As a rule of thumb, a bone-in turkey breast takes around 15 minutes per pound to cook at 400°F. Boneless turkey breast will take around 12 minues per pound.
To check for doneness, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. The internal temperature of the turkey should be 150-155°F.
If the skin is getting too brown at any point, just tent some foil over it.