This no-fuss roast turkey breast recipe is the answer to getting beautiful, never-dry turkey meat (no flipping or basting needed). And you'll love the bold Mediterranean garlic and herb coating. Be sure to read through for important tips on how to cook turkey breast perfectly every time!

Garlic Herb Roast Turkey Breast with Roasted Grapes, Celery and Shallots

No-Fuss Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

Turkey is hands-down the prized holiday meat. And for the health-conscious, it's a great lean-protein for any night of the week!

But why would you want to roast just the breast as opposed to the whole bird? If you're hosting a smaller dinner, turkey breast could easily feed 4 to 6 people. Or maybe you just want great, juicy turkey for lunch sandwiches or to add on top of some delicious toasted orzo or roasted cauliflower salad.

Roasting a turkey breast is far less involved than roasting a whole bird--no flipping or fussing. With just a few tips, you'll learn how to roast turkey breast perfectly every single time! And you'll love the coating of bold Mediterranean spices, garlic and herbs!

To cook your turkey breast perfectly every time, there are a few basic questions to answer:

Boneless or bone-in turkey breast?

I am partial to bone-in turkey breast (with the skin on, of course). Turkey breast attached to the bone but with the legs and wings removed is called the turkey crown. It is a meaty part of the turkey and can make a beautiful centerpiece on the table. But more importantly, I choose bone-in breast because it is more flavorful and will yield juicier meat.

Garlic Herb Roast Turkey Breast

How long to roast turkey breast?

First, what temperature you roast the turkey breast will determine how long you need to roast it. In this recipe, the oven is first heated to 450 degrees F, but as soon as you put the turkey in, turn the heat down to 350 degrees F. It will take 15 minutes per pound or until the turkey juices run clear (start checking after 45 minutes then every five minutes after that).

How do you keep turkey breast from drying out?

Like chicken breast, turkey breast has the tendency to dry out if not cooked properly. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Thaw the turkey breast properly. Leave it in the fridge for about 24 hours until fully thawed out (do not cook from frozen)
  • Salt in advance and get underneath the skin too! Seasoning in advance gives salt plenty of time to diffuse evenly through the bird, doing its quiet work of flavoring and tenderizing. You can do this one night in advance and allow the turkey breast to air-chill in the fridge. I do the same with my spatchcock chicken.
  • Start in a hot heated oven at 450 degrees F, then lower the heat to 350 degrees F just before you put the turkey in the oven. The initial high heat will help brown the skin, then the lower heat will help cook the turkey breast on the inside without drying it out.
  • Take the roasted turkey out of the oven and cover to finish cooking. Turkey breast is fully cooked when it reaches 165 degrees F, but for juiciest results, I like to take it out of the oven when the temperature reads somewhere between 150 to 155 degrees F, then I cover it loosely and let it sit for a few minutes (it will continue to cook and the temp will eventually rise).

How to roast turkey breast:

Follow these steps for the juiciest most flavor packed oven roasted turkey breast (print-friendly recipe to follow):

  1. Salt the Turkey. Start by seasoning the turkey with a lower-sodium kosher salt all over (and get underneath the skin too). Leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes while you do other things. Even better, if you have the time, generously salt the turkey breast and chill uncovered in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.

    One half turkey breast seasoned with allspice, paprika, and nutmeg
  2. Season with spices, garlic, and herbs. First, rub the spices (allspice, paprika, and a hint of nutmeg) all over the turkey and underneath the skin.
    Then, follow that with a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, garlic (a whole head, minced), and fresh parsley. Again, make sure to get under the skin.


  3. Arrange the turkey and vegetables in a baking dish. Spread chunks of shallots and celery in the bottom of a 9 ½ x 13-inch baking dish to act as a bed for the turkey breast. Heat the oven to a high 450 degrees F. This helps start the browning process, but then, as soon as you put the turkey in quickly turning the heat down to 350 degrees F so that the meat will cook nice and easy from there.
  4. Roast. Heat the oven to 450 degrees F, and just before the turkey goes in, reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes (depending on the size) or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 150 to 155 degrees F (remember the turkey will keep cooking even after you take it out of the oven).
  5. Cover and rest for 15 minutes. When you take it out of the oven, it's a good idea to cover the turkey loosely with some foil and leave it undisturbed for 15 minutes or so. This allows the juices to redistribute, and the temperature of the meat will rise to 165 degrees F.

    Herb Roast Turkey Breast with Roasted Grapes

How long will it keep?

If you end up with leftovers (or if you make more by doubling the recipe. See notes), you can easily store leftovers for later use. Refrigerate in a tight-lid glass containers for up to 4 days. Or divide leftovers into individual portions and freeze. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Use cold or warm.

What to serve along?

I took advantage of the heated oven and roasted some grapes first before I made the turkey. If you haven't tried roasted grapes, you simply must, they're a simple sweet touch that I like in lieu of cranberry sauce. But to throw a festive meal together, here are a few more delicious options to serve with this turkey breast recipe:

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Juiciest Garlic Herb Roast Turkey Breast Recipe

Suzy Karadsheh
Garlic Herb Roast Turkey Breast with Roasted Grapes, Celery and Shallots
BEST roast trukey breast recipe! Fool-proof guide for juiciest turkey breast with perfectly crispy skin. Flavored with Mediterranean spices, garlic & herbs. See suggesgtions for what to serve along! 
 
Prep – 30 mins
Cook – 45 mins
Inactive Time (for Salting Turkey Breast) 30 mins
Cuisine:
Mediterranean
Serves – 6 people
Course:
Entree

Ingredients
  

For Turkey

  • 2 ½ lb bone-in turkey breast this would be ½ of a whole turkey breast
  • Kosher salt this is the one I use
  • 1 tsp/2 g ground allspice
  • 1 tsp/2.3 g paprika
  • 1 tsp/ 2.3 g ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp/ 1.2 g nutmeg
  • 1 head garlic about 14 cloves, peeled and minced
  • Large handful of chopped fresh parsley about 2 ounces
  • Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil
  • 7 to 8 small shallots peeled and halved
  • 7 celery sticks cut into large pieces

For Grapes

  • 1 lb/450 g seedless red grapes
  • Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Salt the Turkey. Pat the turkey breast dry and season with kosher salt on both sides (be sure to carefully lift the skin up and season with salt underneath as well.) Set aside at room temprature for 30 minutes BUT, if you have the time, chill the turkey in fridge uncovered for 2 hours or overnight (see notes).
  • If you have chilled the turkey, take it out and set it aside at room temperature while you work on the rest of the ingredients.
  • Roast the grapes. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Add the grapes to a 9 ½ x 13 baking pan (mine is cast iron like this one). Toss with a little extra virgin olive oil and salt. Roast in the heated oven for 15 minutes, then remove from heat and transfer the grapes to a plate for now. Leave the oven on.
  • Flavor the Turkey with the Spice Mixture, Garlic and Fresh Parsley. In a small bowl, mix together the spices. Season turkey with spice mixture on all sides (again, carefully lift skin and rub spice mixture underneath.)  In a large bowl, combine garlic, parsley and about ⅓ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil. Add the turkey into the bowl and apply the garlic and parsley mixture all over (again, very important to apply mixture underneath the skin.)
  • Assemble the Turkey Breast in the Pan. In the same pan you used earlier, add the shallots and celery to make a bed for the turkey. Simply season with kosher salt and drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil. Place the turkey breast on top.
  • Roast the Turkey Breast. Put the turkey pan on the middle rack of the heated oven and immediately turn the heat down to 350 degrees F. Roast for up to 45 minutes or until its internal temperature registers somewhere between 150 to 155 degrees F. Check occassionally, if at some point during roasting, you notice the turkey skin turning too dark, cover it with foil and continue roasting.
  • Add Grapes Back In. Closer to the end of your roasting time, carefully remove the turkey from the oven to add in the grapes. Return to the oven very briefly so the grapes warm through (if your turkey needs a little bit of color, stick it under the broiler for a couple of minutes and watch carefully).
  • Remove from Oven and Let Rest Briefly Before Serving. Cover the turkey loosley with foil and let turkey rest undisturbed for about 15 minutes before slicing through to serve. The turkey meat will continue to cook and its internal temparture should rise to 165 degrees F.
  • To Carve or Slice the Turkey Breast. Transfer the turkey breast to a clean cutting board. Start at the breast bone and continue carving from there making sure to keep your knife close to ribs. Once the meat is off the bone, you can slice the breast crosswise into slices.

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Notes

  • Make sure your turkey thawed before cooking. It will typically take 1 day or so to thaw out in the fridge.
  • Salt the Turkey Breast First. Do not skip salting the turkey. If you have the time, salt and refrigerate the turkey uncovered for 2 hours or even overnight or for at least 30 minutes at room temperature while you work on other things. The kosher salt will do its work of tenderizing and flavoring the turkey. And if you do end up chilling it uncovered, the circulating air will dry up the skin some which will help it cook to a cripsy golden brown while the tukey breast stays nice and juicey. 
  • To Double The Recipe. If you are planning to feed more people, you can use a whole turkey breast in this recipe rather than ½ turkey breast. The method remains the same, but you can double the amount of spices and increase the garlic and fresh parsley mixture a bit to cover the full breast. It will take about 1 hour or a little more to fully cook.
  • The roasted grapes are optional and are not included in nutrition information (with grapes: 306 calories). If you skip the grapes, still, heat the oven to 450 degrees F to start with and reduce the heat to 350 degrees F when you insert the turkey in the oven. 
  • What to serve along.The options for sides and salads to go along with this turkey breast are endless. Greek roasted potatoes are a favorite (and you can do these the night before if you like and simply warm them through before serving.) This butternut squash quinoa; or this fall rotini pasta are also great options. And a big festive salad like Balela!
  • Storing leftovers. If you've roasted turkey breast to use for sandwiches, for example, or if you have leftovers, you can refrigerate for later use. Store roast turkey breast in tight-lid glass containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 254.2kcalCarbohydrates: 7.3gProtein: 30.7gSaturated Fat: 3.2gCholesterol: 80.7mgSodium: 2606.7mgPotassium: 126.9mgFiber: 1.4gVitamin A: 185.1IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.5mg
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*This post originally appeared on The Mediterranean Dish in 2018 and has been recently updated with new information and media for readers' benefit. Enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe works excellent with plums, too! I prepared this already two times with plums (since it grows in our garden), roasting them with a pinch of cinnamon. It was huge success! 🙂

  2. 4 stars
    I love the recipe ingredients so am trying it for Thanksgiving. However could you please be more specific as to how much is "a little" of evoo? My little and your little are probably different. Thank you.

  3. Suzy Please Help?? I haven't done a breast before and got all of the ingredients to make it this week but - I just moved it to the refrigerator to thaw for a couple of days and read the label more closely. Small print it says 15% is broth, salt, sugar and seasonings. Argh! Does this mean it's already basted? Do I still follow all of the above steps including the dry salting?? Do I skip that ingredient under the skin? Will it even absorb the herb mixture?

  4. HI Suzy,
    I am going to make this recipe for thanksgiving but I'm confused that a 2.5 pound bone in turkey breast will serve 6 people. I'm thinking 3-4 people max based on a bunch of google searches. Can you let me know because I'm having 11 people and I just can't imagine 5 pounds would be enough. Please let me know. thanks, Julie

    1. Hi, Julie. With 11 people coming, you may actually want to consider doing a whole bird. Turkey breasts are usually better for smaller gatherings. If you want to give it a try, salting the entire turkey ahead of time and leaving it to air chill in the fridge will be still be very important. Also, I would recommend at least tripling the amount of Garlic & Herb rub and seasoning (depending on the size). For roasting, you can follow the general rule of thumb, budgeting about 13 minutes per pound. If you end up giving this a go, I would LOVE to hear your feedback! Thanks!

      1. Hi Suzy-
        It just occurred to me that my turkey breasts are kosher. Will the night before salting still be ok or will that make it too salty? I know it’s the day before thanksgiving and you might not have gone to answer. Fingers crossed!

      2. Hi, Julie. If your turkey breast is already salted, then I imagine it would be best to skip step one and continue with the recipe with step 2. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. 5 stars
    I was super worried I’d end up with a dry and boring roasted whole turkey breast, this will be my go to recipe, grapes and all. It was surprisingly juicy and tasty. I did add extra butter under skin and roasted at 450 degrees for about 15 min and turned it down. Yum!!

  6. 5 stars
    Hi, Suzy! I made this recipe for Thanksgiving last year during the pandemic when it was just my husband and me and it was AMAZING! This year we'll be able to celebrate with our extended family and I've offered to make the turkey using this recipe. However, some of my family likes dark meat and would like a full bird instead of solely the breast. Do you have recommendations of how to adapt this for a full bird? Thanks for posting such a delicious, flavorful alternative to roasting a turkey!

    1. Hi, Meredith! I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe last year! You could certainly try and adapt this for a whole bird. Just remember... a whole bird will take a bit more babysitting, though :). Salting the entire turkey ahead of time and leaving it to air chill in the fridge will be very important, still. Also, I would recommend at least tripling the amount of Garlic & Herb rub and seasoning (depending on the size). For roasting, you can follow the general rule of thumb, budgeting about 13 minutes per pound. If you end up giving this a go, I would LOVE to hear your feedback! Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    Fantastic, earthy flavor with crispy salty skin and moist meat. Healthy and elegant! Everything about this dish is delicious. The unique spice combination had me a little concerned but they all melded perfectly.

  8. 5 stars
    Juicy and delicious! Each time a family member walked in the house while the turkey was cooking, they said, “wow, it smells so good”.

  9. Wonderfully flavored turkey. I can't brine foods since my husband is on a salt restricted diet. It turned out great anyway!

  10. 5 stars
    Made it for Christmas dinner. It was so juicy and tender. Followed recipe exactly as written. Used a whole breast so increased the spice mix and garlic/parsley/evoo. We really liked the roasted grapes; a great compliment to the flavors. We'll be making this again. Thanks for the recipe. I've made several of your recipes and have enjoyed them all. Happy holidays!

  11. Hi Suzy,
    This looks like a fantastic recipe. Only problem for me is I have a skinless turkey breast. I would assume I need to compensate somehow but not sure how. Can you help?
    Thanks so much and just want to say I love the recipes you have on The Mediterranean Dish; all I've tried have been exceptionally good!
    Hope to hear back soon.
    Best wishes,
    Mary

    1. Hi, Mary! I'm so glad you are finding some great recipes here! For this one, I don't really think there's anything different you need to do when using a skinless Turkey Breast.

  12. 5 stars
    Hi Suzy!
    Thank you for this gorgeous recipe! I have never tried such a perfect recipe that was so absolutely delicious! Everything you suggested worked beautifully! I will always use this recipe for every turkey I make! We used a double breast and did it exactly as you described; bed of celery and shallots, rub (which I made myself since I had all the Allspice ingredients but not Allspice), garlic, etc. The best part was the timing and temperature. I removed the turkey at 155 and after 15 - 20 minutes under foil (which gave me enough time to prepare and warm up my sides) the turkey cut beautifully, evenly cooked, moist, delicious and looked great, too! It carved perfectly! Thank you!!!!
    The only personal change I did, which I do to all my turkeys, was soak it in a brine for 2 days. I used salted water, of course, bay leaves, orange, onion and some red wine. I always do that to every turkey. The first blast of heat before lowering the temp is something I have always done, as well, but never had such delicious seasonings or perfect temp to finish!
    What an extraordinary recipe! The grapes were the biggest surprise! They were sensational!
    Can't wait to repeat this for Christmas, too!!!!
    You are a treasure!
    Steven

  13. 5 stars
    This recipe iS FANTASTIC!! I followed all of her instructions and this bird came out so juicy and flavorful!! I usually change a recipe to my liking but wanted to see what it would taste like because of the allspice and it was so good!, I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. I will definitely be making this again!

  14. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was so different from the ordinary classics -- in a good way! It looks beautiful and tastes delicious. I made it with green grapes since that is what I had on hand, and it turned out great. My one recommendation is to add just a bit of EVOO to the shallots and carrots to start out with. I plan to make this again for friends when we can finally get together again, and will include some of the recommended sides.

  15. 5 stars
    I have my turkey and so excited to roast it tomorrow. Can I use regard kosher salt in place of the low sodium you mentioned in your recipe? Also I ordered your EVOO and unfortunately it has not arrived, what other EVOO do you suggest I use. I know it has to be the best, that’s what why I ordered your. Thank you Suzy?

    1. You can use another salt, adjusting how much to use. If you have a good-tasting olive oil, that will work fine here. Enjoy!