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Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 06:58 pm

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Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is a simple and delicious recipe that is perfect for serving smaller groups for the holidays or a weekend meal. The meat turns out tender and juicy and is a great alternative to cooking a whole turkey.

With the holiday season in full swing, this is a perfect recipe to have on your holiday table. It is a great dish that will go well for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even as a regular dinner meal. For other holiday-inspired turkey dishes, I highly recommend you try two of my most popular recipes: Cranberry Orange Turkey Breast and Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe.

Easy Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is probably one of the easiest dishes you can prepare during the holiday season. To prepare the turkey breast, simply rub the turkey from top to bottom with the olive oil, honey, orange juice and zest, some garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper and brown sugar.

From there, place it in your roasting pan and put it in the oven. Once cooked, slice it up and serve with your favorite side dishes. Similarly, a great alternative would be to slice it up and use the breast meat in a sandwich.

The brown sugar and orange is a perfect combo mix and makes the turkey breast aromatic and very flavorful. Also, it gives the breast the perfect holiday look, which is guaranteed to be a hit with everyone, especially on the Thanksgiving table.

We have used skinless breasts in this recipe, but the skin on will perfectly work as well. The turkey breast is served with the most amazing Honey Orange Glaze, which is a great alternative to gravy.

What do you need to make Oven Roasted Turkey Breast?

  • 1 3 pounds turkey breast
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt and pepper

How to cook the Perfect Oven Roasted Turkey Breast?

  • To prep, the turkey breast, combine all the ingredients and simply rub well onto the turkey breast.
  • From there, place it in your roasting pan and put it in the oven for about 11/2 hours at 325F.
  • Once cooked, slice it up and serve with your favorite side dishes.


On average, a turkey breast takes about 1 1/2 hours to cook per 4 pounds of meat. Also, if you are cooking larger size breast the time needs to be adjusted accordingly. For example, if you use an 8-pound turkey breast, your cooking time will double to about 3 hours. Before eating it, make sure that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.


Yes, you can! First, combine all the ingredients and simply rub well onto the turkey breast. Then, add the turkey to the slow cooker and add the remaining orange juice mixture around it. Lastly, cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high or about 6-7 hours on low. The internal temperature of the turkey breast should be at 165 F degrees.


Leftover turkey doesn’t have to be boring, it can be added to many delicious recipes, such as Turkey Tetrazzini or Turkey Chili. Similarly, you can replace the chicken with turkey in this delicious Chicken Spaghetti Casserole or Crack Chicken Casserole. You can also add it to salads, wraps, and sandwiches.


  • First, rinse the orange.
  • Then, set your tool over a cutting board. A Microplane produces a very fine zest, perfect for baking and cooking. If you don’t have a microplane, use the smallest holes on an ordinary grater.
  • Next, grate the skin of the orange only. Grate just enough to get through the orange skin, this way you can avoid the bitter white pith underneath.
  • Rotate the orange and repeat. Once the white pith is exposed, rotate the orange and zest the next strip of peel. Repeat until most of the peel is removed, or until you have enough zest for your recipe.

What to serve with Oven Roasted Turkey Breast?

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe Tips:

  • I like making this dish with turkey breast, but it works great with chicken breasts or chicken thighs – you will have to use about 6.
  • Also, don’t skip the fresh orange zest, it’s what it makes the dish amazing.
  • For a spicier kick, add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep the breast moist and evenly cooked.
  • Similarly, let the turkey rest covered by the foil for about 15 minutes. This will ensure the meat is moist and juicy.

Watch Recipe Video:

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

  • Prep Time10 MIN
  • Cook Time1H 30 MIN
  • Servings 6 servings


  • 1 turkey breast (about 3 pounds)
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper

Honey Orange Sauce - Optional:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Cover the bottom of a roasting pan with foil and drizzle with vegetable or olive oil. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine: orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, vegetable oil, honey, salt and pepper.
  • Start by rubbing the mixture all over the turkey breast. Then, place the turkey in the roasting pan, make sure you pour the remaining sauce mixture on top. Cover with foil and transfer to the oven.
  • Roast for about 1 1/2 hours. Remove the foil for the last 30 minutes for the turkey breast to brown nicely. The internal temperature of the turkey breast should be at 165 F degrees once done cooking.
  • Once cooked, slice it up and serve with your favorite sides dishes and drizzled with Honey Orange Sauce.

Honey Orange Sauce - Optional:

  • Combine water with cornstarch in a small cup until cornstarch is fully dissolved. Set aside.
  • Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Once warm, add the olive oil and wait for it to start sizzling.
  • Once the oil starts sizzling, add minced garlic, grated ginger and pepper flakes. Immediately stir to combine, to avoid burning the mixture.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan, including the cornstarch mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Continue to stir and cook until the mixture starts to lightly simmer and it thickens. Remove from heat and serve with the turkey.

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Byron Thomas

Byron Thomas

This is one very fine looking turkey breast! I have to admit, I am not a lover of white turkey meat, because I always find that it's dry and boring. What you may not know about me though, is that I LOVE anything in a sauce. I have never tried turkey with a citrus-y orange sauce, but I'm certainly going to now. I'd love to trade in my dark meat for a healthier white cut of the turkey this holiday season!

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

If you are a fan of orange chicken you will love this! The sauce is very similar!



Oh yum, this looks like such a delicious dinner idea! I make chicken and turkey a lot but this is a new way to make it with the yummy gravy, thank you for the idea!

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

The flavors are great, you will love it!

Claudia Lamascolo

Claudia Lamascolo

I love the orange and sweetness of the brown sugar in this recipe. We eat alot of Turkey so I need to try this the family will flip over these new flavors!

Catalina Castravet

Catalina Castravet

Its the perfect combo!

GiGi Eats

GiGi Eats

LOVEEEE turkey! And I love BREAST - lmfao!! That came out wrong but also so right! ;) I need to roast me a turkey breast again. Perhaps my husband and I will do that for Christmas.

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