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Garlic Lemon Butter Roast Turkey Breast

Katerina | Diethood
FLAVORFUL, juicy, and finger-licking delicious Roast Turkey Breast! The breast is coated with a garlicky lemon juice plus a savory spice rub that results in the most perfectly tender turkey breast.
Servings : 12 servings
Prep Time 1 d
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Brining Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 3 hrs


  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into about 3-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth (you can also use white wine)


  • Preheat oven to 425˚F.
  • Pat dry turkey breast with paper towels. If you didn't brine it, and are just taking the turkey out, please remember to take out the giblets AND make sure that the turkey breast is completely thawed out.
  • Using the handle of a wooden spoon, carefully separate the skin from the turkey meat, moving downwards with the spoon’s handle. Loosen the skin from both sides of turkey breast. You can also just use your fingers to do this, but I find it easier with the spoon. Set aside.
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  • Melt the butter and whisk in lemon juice, minced garlic, and chopped herbs.
  • Slowly pour the marinade inside the turkey’s skin and use your hands to massage it all around. Set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried rosemary, salt, and fresh ground pepper; pour in olive oil and mix until well incorporated.
  • Slather the spice rub all over the turkey breast on the outside.
  • Add onion wedges, celery, garlic, and fresh thyme sprigs to a small roasting pan.
    onion wedges, garlic, and celery in a roasting pan.
  • Top with turkey breast, skin side up. If making ahead, stop here; cover turkey with foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Remove from fridge 1 hour before cooking.
    top view of raw turkey breast cooking in a skillet
  • Pour chicken broth into the pan.
  • Transfer to oven and reduce oven heat to 325˚F. Do not cover the turkey.
  • Bake for 2 TO 2.5 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 155˚F. About 18 to 20 minutes per pound. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  • If you want crispier skin, baste the turkey breast every 30 minutes.
  • If top of turkey breast starts to brown too quickly, loosely tent a piece of foil over the turkey breast and continue to roast.
  • When done, remove from oven and let stand 20 to 30 minutes before cutting.


  • Use a completely thawed turkey breast.
  • Use herbs of choice; I always like to use thyme and rosemary, but you can also add in some sage and parsley. 
  • If using the brine method, which I recommend 1000%, keep in mind that some frozen turkey breasts sold in supermarkets are already brined - check for this information on the packaging. Do not brine it twice. 
  • Do not forget to use your meat thermometer; it's the best and only way to ensure a completely cooked turkey. AND not overcooked, chewy, dry turkey. 😐  


Calories: 452.23 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.06 g | Protein: 60.5 g | Fat: 22.33 g | Saturated Fat: 8.36 g | Cholesterol: 173.9 mg | Sodium: 989.72 mg | Potassium: 75.86 mg | Fiber: 0.81 g | Sugar: 0.83 g | Vitamin A: 296.36 IU | Vitamin C: 6.82 mg | Calcium: 16.41 mg | Iron: 0.35 mg | Net Carbs: 5 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner, Holiday, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brined turkey, keto dinner idea, keto recipes, low carb holiday recipes, roast turkey, roast turkey breast, thanksgiving recipes, thanksgiving turkey