Herbed Turkey Breast

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  • prep 20 min    cook 2-3 hrs
  • serves 16

Low in fat and calories, herbs make this turkey breast aromatic, regular basting makes it juicy.


  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (8 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage

    How to make it 

  • 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  • 2

    Loosen skin from turkey with fingers, leaving skin attached along bottom edges. Combine the lemon peel, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil, the garlic, salt, thyme and pepper in a small bowl. Spread under turkey skin. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil; set aside.

  • 3

    Place turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest part but not touching the bone registers 170°F, basting every 15 to 20 minutes with lemon mixture. Let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin before carving.

Nutritional Information(per serving)

  • Calories: 158
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 79mg
  • Sodium: 246mg
  • Carbs: 1g
  • Protein: 31g
  • Fiber: 0g

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