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How Long Does it Take to Roast a Turkey Breast?

Roasting a whole turkey is great for Thanksgiving, or on Christmas Day. But for most of the rest of the year, let’s face it – it’s a pain! 

Turkeys are big – they take up a load of room in the fridge, then a load of room in the oven! They also take a LONG time to cook.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Carrots and Homemade Gravy Photo

But if you want to enjoy the flavor of roast turkey all year round, there’s a way to do so without the hassle – and that’s to roast just the turkey breast instead.

Due to their size – on average around 5 lb or so – the average turkey breast is more than big enough to make a decent meal for the whole family. What’s more, it’s a rich source of protein and low in fat – especially if you remove the skin. 

One of our favorite things about roasting a turkey breast is how easy it is to carve! Compared to trying to neatly carve a whole bird, it’s an absolute breeze!

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Carrots and Homemade Gravy Picture

It’s also really easy to add loads of flavor by brining.

If you’ve ever tried brining a whole turkey, you’ll know what a hassle it is – and how hard it is to find a container to use, let alone fit it in the fridge. Brining a turkey breast is MUCH more manageable – and it results in a tender, flavorful bird.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Carrots and Homemade Gravy Image

So how long does it take to roast a turkey breast?

As a rule of thumb, a bone-in turkey breast takes around 15 minutes per pound to cook at 400°F. Boneless turkey breast will take around 12 minues per pound.

To check for doneness, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. The internal temperature of the turkey should be 150-155°F.

If the skin is getting too brown at any point, just tent some foil over it.

Serve your cooked turkey breast with homemade mashed potato, turkey neck gravy and green beans. Yum!

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Carrots and Homemade Gravy Pic

 

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