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Cooking a Perfect Turkey Breast

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Roasting a turkey breast so that it is moist and tasty can be tricky. This is a guide about cooking a perfect turkey breast.


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By 1 found this helpful
April 12, 2018

If you cook a turkey breast in an oven bag, you will avoid splatters in your oven and end up with a lot of gravy for the meat and rice, pasta or potatoes.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes for 7.5 lb breast

Total Time: 2 1/2 hours

Yield: 8 servings

Source: Good Housekeeping magazine from years ago


  • turkey breast (mine was 7.5 pounds)
  • 1 oven bag
  • 1 onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • seasoning of your choice ( I used salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and Italian seasoning)
  • 1 Tbsp flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
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  3. Season turkey breast.
  4. Put 1 Tbsp. flour in the bag. Shake to distribute.
  5. Put turkey breast in tne bag. Place onion rings evenly around.
  6. Tie the bag shut. Cut a few slits in the top of the bag.
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  8. Place in a roasting pan. Fold ends of bag down and place on lowest rack so the bag doesnt touch the heating element.
  9. Roast until done. This will be quicker than if you roast without the bag. Mine was done in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  10. Let turkey rest in bag before cutting open and serving.
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By 0 found this helpful
March 9, 2012

I use a cooking bag and always put the breast meat side down in the pan, so all the juice stays in the meat

By cleanupmom55 from Franklin, PA

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November 9, 20050 found this helpful

Do you have any tips for cooking the perfect (and NOT dry) turkey breast? My son complains every year that my turkey is always so dry. Because it is just the three of us, I usually only cook a small turkey breast. HELP me cook that perfect Thanksgiving turkey this year! :) Thanks in advance!


Sue A.


By Marnita (Guest Post)
November 9, 20050 found this helpful

The key is to brine your turkey first. Here is a recipe I have used in the past. It makes the turkey very moist and tasty:

Turkey Brine

2 gallons water
1 1/2 cups canning salt
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar

In a large bucket or container large enough to hold your turkey, mix together the water, salt, garlic, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Store in a refrigerator, and soak turkey for 1 day before smoking or roasting.

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By Marlene (Guest Post)
November 9, 20050 found this helpful

We use an injectable marinade, you can find different types down the aisle where they sell salad dressing at the grocery store. Place the marinade in a small strainer over a bowl to strain out any chunks (which clog your injector), load your injector (found in the same aisle) and shoot up that bird!


Makes for a great moist turkey breast.

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By mvb (Guest Post)
November 9, 20050 found this helpful

What I do is....I use a crock pot......I use water and white wine and use garlic salt to season.....Let the crock pot do the cooking.......have a wonderful Thanksgiving...mvb

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November 9, 20050 found this helpful

I agree w/ Marnita. Brining is the key. I know this from experience, as well as from frequent testimonials from cooks who I trust, and from Cooks Illustrated magazine (the magazine of America's Test Kitchen).

If you are only using a small turkey breast, you won't need the large quantities of brine that Marnita's recipe will make. Just mix salt and cold water in the ratio of 1/4 cup table salt (or 1/2 cup kosher salt) to 4 cups of cold water, and stir to dissolve. Add whatever other flavors you prefer. Soak the meat in the brining solution for 2 to 24 hours, depending on the size of the cut of meat. Pork chops would soak for 2-4 hours, while a 20 pound turkey would need 24 hours. If you need to soak the meat for a long time, put it in the refrigerator. Then remove the meat from the brining liquid, rinse it off in plain water, and cook it in whatever way you prefer. Just remember to reduce or omit the salt in your recipe, since the meat will already be seasoned enough with salt.

You can brine almost any type of meat (except fish), but you will be especially amazed at what a difference it makes to those cuts of meat that dry out easily, like turkey and chicken white meat, pork chops, and shrimp.

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By christi (Guest Post)
November 9, 20050 found this helpful

I can tell you this because this was a mistake that worked out for the good. But this is for a whole turkey, which even with a small family, you can freeze leftovers into smaller portions to be used later. Anyway cook the turkey upside down. The breast will be always in the liquid and will be very moist. We just wash our turkey and rub it down with butter and baste with sprite. Yeah the soda. Its very good.

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By Cheryl (Guest Post)
November 10, 20050 found this helpful

I always use my crock pot when cooking a turkey breast. It comes out moist & tender EVERY time. I first make a blend of thyme, sage, garlic salt, pepper & Old Bay Seasoning. Mix these together, lift the skin of the turkey,& rub seasonings on the meat. On the bottom of your crock pot place 2 celery stalks, & 1 medium onion ,quartered, then place the turkey (skin side up) in the crock pot. Pour 1 can of chicken broth on & in the crock pot, set to high & let it do it's thing for 6-8 hours or until internal temp. gets to 195'. Trun off crock pot, remove turkey & let set on a platter for about 15 min. before carving & enjoying!

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November 10, 20050 found this helpful

Cook it breast side down and towards the end of the cooking time turn it over to let the top brown. You may want to cook it with a tinfoil tent when the breast side is down. Good luck! Susan

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November 10, 20050 found this helpful

I use oven bags. Just rinse your turkey, stuff if you must, salt and pepper inside and out. Add one tablespoon flour to the bag and shake to cover inside of bag, stuff turkey in, poke about six slits in top of bag, seal with provided tie and bake. Moist everytime and easy clean up too.

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By Rachel in TN (Guest Post)
November 10, 20050 found this helpful

I have the absolute simplest recipe ever. I have always used a crockpot to cook mine (small family as well). Just put 1 1/2 to 2 sticks of butter in the bottom of your crockpot and then place your turkey breast on top. Cook on low for around 6 - 8 hours. Remember NOT to take the cover off your crockpot, because every time you do, you lose an hour. Everyone always raves over my turkey. Hope this helps and if you don't try it for Thanksgiving, please try it another time. you will not be dissapointed.

Rachel in TN

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November 12, 20050 found this helpful

We use a large roasting bag. Punch a few holes in the top of the bag after you put every thing in it. We use turkey breast and wash pat dry. Use a can of cream of chicken soup. Then clean a carrot add it in three to four pieces then celery cleaned and chop like the carrot. Add a small onion clean and leave it whole. Close bag and put few holes in top of bag. Cook till done. This is so juicy and goooood. Mom has done this for years and we now have to do two turkey breast so use 2 cans of the chicken soup... as they want BBQ slaw with the turkey for sandwiches the rest of the week. Yum we have the best sold here at two of our resturants... Hope everyone has a great holiday season and share with us your dinners...
Tonya in NC

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December 24, 20050 found this helpful

We always buy a butterball turkey.
Also put bacon over the exposed part.
Breast is always the top.
We also add extra water for more juice.
Cook on 350 for an hour, turn down to 225
and cook slowly all night.
I put mine in the oven about 11:00 pm.
Good Luck on your moist turkey.

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By Paula in ga. (Guest Post)
December 26, 20050 found this helpful

This is it. If you are looking for a moist turkey, LOOK NO FURTHER!

I usually just cook a turkey breast for thanksgiving and my secret is the stone dome lid cooker that I use. This cooker is one that I bought at Parisian many years ago cuz I wouldn't pay the big $$$$ that Pampered Chef offered.

It is a round bottom pan with sides, much like a round cake pan adn it comes with a large round dome lid.

Season the turkey any way you like. Put it in the cooker, put the lid on, drop it in the oven and FORGET ABOUT IT!

Take the lid off the last 20-30 minutes to brown. YOU WILL NOT BELEIVE HOW WONDERFUL IT COOKS. It is moist every time!

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By Gisela (Guest Post)
November 17, 20070 found this helpful

I have been making this turkey for 3 years know and my family is not to big on turkey because it is so dry but behold the first time I made it they thought it was chicken.
I take white or cider vinegar
ground black pepper
garlic salt
and a little sofito (spanish seasoning)
I mix all these together and rub on the turkey.
I polk holes in the turkey so the wet rub can seep inside.
the key is I take garlic glioves and mash them then rub it in and outside the turkey as well as under the skin
I let the turkey sit in the fridge for at least 3 days.
I bake it in the oven on 250 to 300 degrees overnight.
The dripping I use as the gravy.
This is a spainsh style turkey.
You will love it

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By SeaMaiden (Guest Post)
December 19, 20070 found this helpful

You can also use a Romertopf clay baker, smallest size does ok for a 3-4 lb. turkey breast. Soak baker pieces in water for at least 15-20 minutes before using. Put turkey breast in baker. Pour 1 cup white wine on it (or mix some wine and water). Put clay top on. Set in cold oven. Turn oven to 475 degrees and cook about 1 1/2 hours, removing top last 20 min and basting frequently so it will brown if you want breast brown. Be willing to risk scorching baker at 475 degrees. The normal temperature, which you can also use, is 450 degrees--but cook it longer. VERY VERY JUICY AND TASTY!

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By GAIL (Guest Post)
March 11, 20080 found this helpful

Do not put bacon on turkey. The turkey will taste like bacon yuck! Just put foil over it and take it off for the last twenty minutes. No bacon.

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By Turkey BREAST (Guest Post)
April 6, 20080 found this helpful

Can someone tell me how long and at what temperature to cook the perfect turkey breast rather than a whole turkey?

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November 20, 20140 found this helpful

Can you cook a 10 lb turkey breast (bone out) in a turkey bag in an Oster turkey roaster or do you have to take it out of the bag it came in?

By Joe T from West hester

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