Holiday Menu Item: Turkey Two Ways Part I..'Turkey for Two: Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast'

Turkey for Two: Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

This turkey was so tender and juicy it was falling apart. I used a fresh 5-pound Butterball bone-in turkey breast, which is perfect for 2 to 4 people. For 2 people, there will be leftovers and leftover turkey makes a great sandwich the next day or even a turkey pot pie.

This recipe was definitely inspired by Ina Garten's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast with just a few modifications because I'm not in my normal kitchen and didn't have everything at my disposal.

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

I used an adjustable rack fitted inside a disposable pan to roast the turkey breast.

Turkey for Two: Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
adapted from Ina Garten

Serves 2-4

Oven 325 degrees F

5-pound bone-in turkey breast (I used a fresh Butterball)
2 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
4 leaves fresh sage, minced
2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, leaves only
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, leaves only
2 large cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt
fresh cracked pepper
1 cup white wine

Pat turkey breast dry with paper towels, then place skin side up on rack in shallow roasting pan.

In small bowl mix butter, sage, rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Using your hands place some of the butter mixture under the skin of the breast and spread the rest evenly on top. Pour the olive oil in the palm of your hand, rub together then pat the outside of the turkey to distribute. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper, including the cavity.

As I often do, I forgot to add the garlic to the butter mixture until just after I had placed in the oven. I quickly pulled it out, added it at that time, and it was fine.

place some of the butter mixture under the skin
spread the rest evenly on top
with the garlic, the way it should have been

Pour the wine in the bottom of the pan and place in oven. Roast for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the muscle reads 170 degrees F. If turkey is browning too much, cover loosely with aluminum foil. When turkey is done, remove from oven and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

just out of the oven
So juicy and tender, and the rosemary really comes through.

Stay tuned for Part II of Turkey Two Ways.. 'Turkey for 10 with a Twist'.


  1. Thanks for this great idea...I picked up a turkey breast for an after-Thanksgiving meal for just me and my hubby. I was picturing something like this, but was sure on the times/temp. Looks absolutely delicious!

  2. what a perfect Turkey Breast!! It looks so very very good!! Unfortunately Turkey for two in my house this year is an 18lb bird...lol....lots of leftovers!

  3. Veronica, that looks beautiful - delicious flavourings, and that looks so beautifully moist for breast meat, which can so often end up dry. This looks like the perfect 'turkey solution' for two people, and hooray for leftovers. Gorgeous photos as always :-)
    Sue xo

  4. Great looking turkey dish! I love the combination of herbs, and it so happens that I've got them all growing on my balcony, so I must try this recipe

  5. OMG..Can I have a piece:)) I am hungry now!
    It looks amazing! I hope that they put you on top 9 on foodbuzz!

  6. Gotta love Ina! And thank you Veronica. This looks incredible. Well done!!

  7. I used this recipe to make a roast chicken last week. It was delicious. Your turkey looks like it turned out amazing!

  8. i made 2 breasts this week for a thanksgiving bash! we seem to be on the same page for recipes this week!

    looks unbelievable- I wish I took better pictures of mine!