Garlic & Herb Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe (video)

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If you’re hosting a smaller holiday gathering, you should consider making turkey breast instead of an entire turkey. My easy and juicy, garlic and herb roasted turkey breast recipe is perfect for a smaller celebration! The turkey breast is coated with a maple, Dijon mustard, garlic and herb spread, then baked in the oven with potatoes. It’s an easy, sheet pan turkey dinner idea!

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Ingredients for Turkey Breast Dinner

Making this roasted turkey breast is a breeze and doesn’t require any special ingredients. Here are my tips of the main ingredients you’ll need. Find the full list in the recipe card below.

  • Turkey Breast: this cut of turkey is typically sold either as a breast, or as a turkey breast roast. Both will work well for this recipe.
  • Potatoes: any type of potato, or even squash will work well here. I like baby potatoes, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash.
  • Butter: for making the seasoned spread.
  • Maple Syrup: make sure to use pure maple syrup, not the artificial kind!
  • Garlic: I love adding lots of garlic to the spread. It makes for very flavorful turkey meat.
  • Dijon Mustard: you can use just plain Dijon mustard, or add a bit of whole grain mustard, too, which is what I like to do.
  • Fresh Herbs: fresh thyme and rosemary will add a lot more flavor and aroma compared to dried herbs.
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Preparing the Maple, Garlic & Herb Spread

My garlic and herb roasted turkey breast is made an incredible butter spread, that’s also super easy to make.

  1. Before beginning with the recipe, preheat your oven to 425F. The recipe comes together very quickly.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combined the softened butter, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, paprika, maple syrup, mustard, dried onion, and garlic. For the garlic, use either a garlic press, or a microplane.
  3. Whisk all the ingredients together thoroughly, creating a thick paste/spread.

Preparing the Potatoes

Next, prepare the potatoes. These will be baked on the same sheet pan as the turkey breast. You can use regular potatoes, baby potatoes, sweet potatoes, or even butternut squash. I used baby potatoes ad quartered them into wedges.

Place the potatoes into a medium sized mixing bowl and drizzle generously with avocado or olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, thyme, and rosemary. Using your hands or a spatula, toss the potatoes until they’re well coated.

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How to Make Roasted Turkey Breast

Here’s how to assemble and roast this easy, turkey sheet pan dinner!

  1. Line a large baking sheet with a silicon mat, parchment paper, or foil. Remove the turkey breast for its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Place the turkey breast onto one half of the baking sheet. Using a small spatula or spoon, spread the prepared butter spread all over generously. Start with the back side, then turn the breast over and apply a very generous amount over the skin. Face the turkey breast skin side up.
  3. Arrange the seasoned potatoes on the other half of the sheet pan. Add the onion wedges and garlic cloves in between the potatoes and the turkey.
  4. Roast the turkey dinner uncovered at 425F for 1 hour to 1 hour and 40 minutes. The timing will depend on the size of the breasts! Roast until the internal temperature at the thickest part measures 165F. Mine were each 1 ½ pounds and roasted for 1 hour.
  5. Once the turkey breast is a rich, golden color, lay a sheet of foil over the top to prevent it from browning too much.
  6. The potatoes will likely finish roasting first. Once they’re very tender and browned, use a spatula to remove them from the pan and set them aside for serving.

Serving Suggestions

Once the turkey breast is done roasting, remove it from the oven, tent with foil, and allow the turkey to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Don’t skip this step! This really helps keep the turkey breast moist.

For serving, use a long carving knife and slice the turkey breast into thick slices. Transfer the sliced turkey onto a serving platter, add the roasted potatoes and onions around the sides, then garnish the platter with pomegranate and fresh herbs.

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Make-Ahead Instructions for Turkey Dinner

The holidays can be a super busy and hectic time of the year! Thankfully, this roasted turkey breast recipe is one that you can prepare ahead of time.

Follow the recipe as written, seasoning the turkey and the potatoes. Arrange everything onto a baking sheet, then cover well with plastic wrap or foil and place into the refrigerator overnight.

When you’re ready for dinner, simply remove the baking sheet from the fridge and place into your preheated oven and roast.

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Side Dish Ideas for Turkey Breast

Try my garlic and herb roasted turkey breast with these delicious side dish ideas!

More Recipes!

Enjoyed this delicious turkey recipe? Make sure to check out my other holiday recipes you’re sure to enjoy!

  • Garlic & Herb Roasted Turkey: I use this recipe every year! Easy to make, extra juicy, and so flavorful! You’ll love this recipe!
  • Maple Glazed Turkey: not only does the turkey turn out gorgeous thanks to the glaze, but it’s also super juice, tender and flavorful.
  • Apple Cider Turkey Brine: I always brine my turkeys and you should, too! It makes the turkey meat extra tender and juicy.
  • Stuffed Turkey Breast Rolls: juicy stuffed turkey breast filled with spinach, bacon, mushrooms and more. These turkey rolls are impressive and delicious.

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Garlic & Herb Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe (video)

20 mins prep + 1 hr 30 mins cook
4 people
The juiciest and most delicious, garlic and herb oven-roasted turkey breast recipe! With maple, Dijon and garlic spread! Plus, baked potatoes on the side!

Ingredients 

  • 2 large turkey breasts, or turkey breast roast (3 to 5 lbs total)

For Spread:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, extra softened
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried onion powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard, optional
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed or grated

For Potatoes:

  • 2 lbs baby potatoes, or sweet potatoes; butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp EACH: thyme, rosemary
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced into wedges
  • 1 head of garlic, cut in half (or 20 garlic cloves)

Instructions

  • Before beginning with the recipe, preheat your oven to 425F. The recipe comes together very quickly.

Making the Spread:

  • Prepare the spread first. In a small mixing bowl, combined the softened butter, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, paprika, maple syrup, mustard, dried onion, and garlic. For the garlic, use either a garlic press, or a microplane.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together thoroughly, creating a thick paste/spread.
  • Line a large baking sheet with a silicon mat, parchment paper, or foil. Remove the turkey breast for its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels.
  • Place the turkey breast onto one half of the baking sheet. Using a small spatula or spoon, spread the prepared butter spread all over generously. Start with the back side, then turn the breast over and apply a very generous amount over the skin. Face the turkey breast skin side up.

Preparing the Potatoes:

  • Next, prepare the potatoes. These will be baked on the same sheet pan as the turkey breast. You can use regular potatoes, baby potatoes, sweet potatoes, or even butternut squash. I used baby potatoes and quartered them into wedges.
  • Place the potatoes into a medium sized mixing bowl and drizzle generously with avocado or olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, thyme, and rosemary. Using your hands or a spatula, toss the potatoes until they’re well coated.
  • Arrange the seasoned potatoes on the other half of the sheet pan. Add the onion wedges and garlic cloves in between the potatoes and the turkey.

Baking Instructions:

  • Roast the turkey dinner uncovered at 425F for 1hour to 1 hour and 40 minutes. The timing will depend on the size of the breasts! Roast until the internal temperature at the thickest part measures 165F. Mine were each 1 ½ pounds and roasted for 1 hour.
  • Once the turkey breast is a rich, golden color, lay a sheet of foil over the top to prevent it from browning too much.
  • The potatoes will likely finish roasting first. Once they’re very tender and browned, use a spatula to remove them from the pan and set them aside for serving.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Once the turkey breast is done roasting, remove it from the oven, tent with foil, and allow the turkey to rest for 20 to 30 minutes. Don’t skip this step! This really helps keep the turkey breast moist.
  • For serving, use a long carving knife and slice the turkey breast into thick slices. Transfer the sliced turkey onto a serving platter, add the roasted potatoes and onions around the sides, then garnish the platter with pomegranate and fresh herbs.

Make-Ahead Instructions:

  • Want to prepare this recipe ahead of time? Follow the recipe as written, seasoning the turkey and the potatoes. Arrange everything onto a baking sheet, then cover well with plastic wrap or foil and place into the refrigerator overnight.
  • When you’re ready for dinner, simply remove the baking sheet from the fridge and place into your preheated oven and roast.

Nutrition

Calories: 1243kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 154g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 430mg | Sodium: 3861mg | Potassium: 2879mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1583IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 7mg