12 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Turkey Breast When a Big Bird Isn't Going to Fly
There are lots of good reasons why you might opt for making turkey breast for Thanksgiving instead of taking on a whole turkey. But there's no reason to scale back on turkey satisfaction, not when there are so many ways to make juicy, flavorful turkey breast. Here are a dozen different turkey breast recipes for everything from oven-roasted turkey breast to slow cooker turkey breast and air fryer turkey breast. Take a look and find one that's just right for your Thanksgiving feast.
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
This top-rated recipe takes only two ingredients and 10 minutes to prep. It calls for a 6-pound bone-in turkey breast, but you could easily cut the recipe in half if you need to.
"I like to put just enough water to cover the bottom of the crockpot. Place the turkey in, surround it with quartered onions and carrots, brush the bird with melted butter and then season it well. This makes a delicious turkey breast and I use the leftover turkey breast for casseroles, etc. in the future as it freezes well." —Butterfly Flutterby
Maple Glazed Turkey Roast
Recipe creator Michelle Berger says, "A great way to make make a flavorful turkey roast for any night of the week. It's also great when you're having just a handful of people for Thanksgiving."
Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Breasts
"I made these once for a holiday dinner party, and they were such a hit that I started making them for Thanksgiving instead of a whole turkey." —Esther Nelson
Marinated Turkey Breast
"This recipe came from my mother. These always turn out juicy and tender no matter how long my husband leaves them on the grill! Easy to prepare, but it's always best when marinated for at least 4 hours." —Danielle
Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast
"This is a great way to utilize a turkey breast," says reviewer DBAZAN1. "We cooked it this evening, and it was plenty for our family of three. The spices were perfect, and the gravy was an excellent compliment. Throw in some chopped root vegetables to roast at the same time, add a green salad, and you've got a fantastic Fall meal!"
Slow Cooker Mediterranean Roast Turkey Breast
Turkey breast is slow-cooked for hours with chicken broth, lemon juice, onion, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and Greek seasonings. Be sure to serve it over something like coucous to soak up all of the delectable sauce.
Air Fryer Turkey Breast
"This recipe gives the flavor of an oven-roasted turkey, but in much less time, and with much less fuss! Use any combination of fresh herbs that you and your family will enjoy!" —Bibi
Roasted Turkey Breast With Herbs
Reviewers enjoyed the ease of this recipe, but recommend you cook the turkey breast just until it's done, otherwise it could dry out as it continues cooking. White meat has a tendency to do that. So, keep an eye on it and adjust your cooking time to suit the size of the turkey breast you use. An instant-read meat thermometer (like this one: $20.00 at Williams-Sonoma) will help determine when the meat is done. Pull it out of the slow cooker when it's 165 degrees F (75 degrees C).
Perfect Turkey Breast Roast in the Air Fryer
Brining the turkey breast overnight makes this air-fried turkey breast extra juicy, while the air-frying crisps up the skin beautifully.
Kenny says, "I rubbed mine down with olive oil then patted it down with 'Memphis Dry Rub.' Turned out really tasty."
Slow Cooker Boneless Turkey Breast
No need to make gravy on the side — this recipe makes its own right in the pot. "I prepared this for the first time on Thanksgiving this year and got raves all around," says ALeslie.
Instant Pot Frozen Turkey Breast
No need to thaw the turkey breast for this recipe. "It was just what I needed for a busy night! Quick and easy and no defrosting before hand. The turkey was so flavorful with the rub," says Mary Hartigan Jones.
Olive-Brined Air-Fryer Turkey Breast
"An easy recipe for making a savory, juicy turkey breast in an air fryer. Using olive brine gives the breast flavor and also keeps it tender. I use spicy Tabasco® Olive brine for extra kick," says Buckwheat Queen.