Leftovers are delicious used in sandwiches, or can be used in any recipe where cooked chicken is used. This is just your average supermarket whole turkey breast, that when prepared this way, will give you a fantastic dish for your family or guests. I wanted to make this last week before the weather got too much warmer. I hate heating up the kitchen after it turns warm outside. I hope you will give this recipe a try.
Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
slightly adapted from Ina Garten
Hint: Use fresh herbs for maximum flavor! I have used dried thyme, but the rosemary and sage are best fresh, in my opinion.
1 whole bone-in turkey breast 6-7 pounds
1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup chicken broth (recipe calls for wine)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place turkey breast skin side up on a rack in your roasting pan.
In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil. Loosen the skin carefully from the meat of the turkey. ( Take your fingers and just carefully push underneath the skin to loosen all the way to the back.) With your fingers, gently smear half of the herb mixture underneath the skin. Pat skin back in place and then rub remaining herb mixture over the skin. Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting pan.
Roast the turkey breast, uncovered for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, or until an instant read thermometer inserted at the thickest part of the meat reads 165 degrees F., and the skin is golden. If the skin is getting too brown, cover loosely with foil. When turkey is done, remove from oven, and let meat rest for 15-20 minutes. Slice and serve with the pan juices spooned over the meat.
NOTE: I let the meat rest about 30 minutes this time, so that I could remove one half of the breast from the bone. To do that, take a boning knife and cut done the middle of the breast next to the bone. Cut down as far as you can. With fingers of the other hand, pull the meat back from the bone and cut down the rib cage. You will be able to remove the side in one large piece. Then, slice the meat as shown in my picture and place on a platter. Enjoy!