How Long to Roast a Turkey Breast

Amber Bracegirdle | Bluebonnet Baker

Need to know how long to roast a turkey breast? We've got you covered!

Roast turkey is the perfect main meal for either Thanksgiving or Christmas!

There's nothing like that succulent, juicy meat smothered in rich, flavorful gravy and you will be bound to have more than just one plate! 

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Photo

The key to delicious roast turkey is cooking it correctly so that the juices are maintained, ensuring your turkey is moist and tender.

While roasting a whole turkey is great for a special occasion, you may sometimes fancy a roast turkey breast instead, without the hassle of preparing and brining a whole turkey.

Whole turkeys not only take up a great deal of space, but they normally take a while to defrost too, so there is quite a bit of thought that goes into preparing them.

Turkey Tenderloin Picture

Turkey breasts are much easier to work with and you can either buy whole boneless turkey breasts, butterflied turkey breasts or a turkey breast joint.

While we do recommend a bone-in turkey breast joint for the roast turkey recipe below, you can use boneless if you prefer. Here are cooking times for both options:

  • Approx. 25 minutes per pound at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for boneless turkey breast

  • Approx. 30 minutes per pound at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for bone-in turkey breast joint

Do remember that oven calibration is so important here and the above are just guidelines.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Image

While you may set your oven to the above temperature, if you have not calibrated it in some time, it could be cooking at higher or lower temperatures. This can result in overcooked or undercooked meat! Always use a meat thermometer to test doneness.

Whether you are cooking boneless or bone-in, always allow your meat to rest before carving! If you do not let your meat rest, all the flavorful juices will run out the moment you slice into it, leaving it dry and lacking in flavor.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Pic

In fact, you can cook a boneless turkey breast in a slow cooker, but it can take much more time. As a rule of thumb, a 4-6-pound turkey breast will require 5-6 hours on low, whereas a 6-10-pound turkey breast will take 8-9 hours. This is a great option if you are busy throughout the day.

The important thing to remember with turkey is that the internal temperature should be anywhere between 155-160 degrees Fahrenheit, bearing in mind that resting it will allow it to increase up to another 10 degrees.

Serve your roast turkey breast with turkey neck gravy - yum!


How Long to Roast a Turkey Breast

      6 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 pounds Turkey Breast, bone in, rinsed and well dried
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Place a v-shaped wire rack into a roasting tray and position the breast on it, seasoning well with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Roast for about 1 hour, 45 minutes until juices run clear and internal temperature is at least 155 degrees when inserted into the thickest part of the breast.
  • Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving.
  • While the meat is resting, add 1 tbsp flour into the roasting pan and whisk; add ½ cup water and whisk until fully combined, creating a rich, flavorful pan-dripping gravy. 
Source: Martha Stewart
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Author: Amber Bracegirdle
Source: Martha Stewart
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 80 minutes
Total Time: 93 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 17
Calories 687

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 5200mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 133g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Amber Bracegirdle

About Amber

Amber is a native Texan, born to a family of fabulous cooks. She shares her love of all things Tex-Mex and Southern both on her blog, Bluebonnet Baker, and here on Food Fanatic. She heavily endorses the use of the contraction "y'all".

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