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The Best Roasted Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving

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Are you looking for the best roasted turkey breast recipe to serve on Thanksgiving? This recipe is super easy to make and it tastes amazing too!

Oven roasted turkey breast with veggies for Thanksgiving

One year when my girls were little, my husband was traveling on Thanksgiving and it was just me and the girls on our own for Thanksgiving. Rather than cooking a whole turkey for just the 3 of us, I decided to roast a turkey breast.

I figured it wouldn’t be much harder than roasting a chicken, but better than cooking a whole turkey that would probably end up going to waste. My roasted turkey breast turned out so delicious that I had to share my recipe with you in advance of the holiday season!

If you’re on your own or just have a small group for Thanksgiving this year, try making an Oven Roasted Turkey Breast. That way you can still enjoy the tradition of turkey without needing to cook a whole turkey and figure out what to do with the leftovers.

Be sure to make our Cranberry Sauce recipe and Mashed Potatoes recipe to serve with it!

Delicious roasted turkey breast in a pan over veggies

The Best Roasted Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving

Learn how to make the best roasted turkey breast with vegetables in this easy main dish recipe.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Recipe Servings: 6


  • 6 pounds fresh turkey breast on the bone - rinsed and patted dry
  • 3 tablespoons butter - room temperature
  • Sea salt - to taste
  • Black pepper - to taste
  • Garlic powder - to taste
  • 2 stalks celery - chopped
  • 2 carrots - peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion - peeled and quartered
  • 12 cloves garlic


  • Roasting pan
  • Cutting Board
  • Carving knife


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Rub the turkey breast with the butter, both on the outside and inside the cavity.
  • Next, sprinkle sea salt, pepper and garlic powder all over the turkey breast.
  • Place the chopped veggies, including the garlic cloves, into the bottom of your roasting pan. You want a pan that doesn’t have a lot of extra space – it should hold the turkey breast just right.
  • Once you have your veggies arranged, place the turkey breast on top, breast up.
  • Roast the turkey breast for about 2.5 hours. If you check the temperature, it should read 165 degrees F.
  • Once the turkey breast is cooked, transfer it to a heat-resistant cutting board (I use a bamboo cutting board). Using aluminum foil, tent the turkey breast for 30 minutes, then serve.
    Delicious roasted turkey breast in a pan over veggies


The nutrition information is calculated for eating the turkey and veggies.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 636kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 90g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 257mg | Sodium: 896mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3632IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

For more Thanksgiving recipes, check out Fine Cooking Thanksgiving Cookbook: Recipes for Turkey and All the Trimmings.

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