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How to Cook a Turkey Breast

Ningthoujam Sandhyarani Nov 24, 2018
This weekend try something new by cooking turkey breasts, and make your family members happy. Here are some easy tips and ways to make them at home.
Grill it, fry it, or just roast it, turkey breasts taste delicious, if cooked properly. And, if you have a small family and do not want the whole turkey, try cooking only the breast part. Most people who love to spend time in the kitchen usually know how to cook a turkey breast. Still, there are many ways and tips for cooking it that you can try at home.

Cooking a Turkey Breast

Needless to say, turkey breast recipes are an excellent choice for serving on holidays and parties. With some basic culinary skills and patience for preparation and cooking, you can make the best turkey recipe that you have ever tasted. And one more thing, try different methods each time you plan to cook it, some of which are:

Method #1: In the Oven

No wonder roasted turkey is a favorite for all. And it takes less time to cook a turkey breast roast, as compared to baking the whole of it. Let's take a look at the steps on how to cook a in the oven:
  • Turkey breast, 1 pound per person
  • Garlic (minced), 1 clove
  • Margarine (or unsalted butter), 2 - 4 tablespoons
  • Fresh chopped culinary herbs (sage, thyme)
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • Baking pan and aluminum foil
Directions for Preparation
  • Clean and rinse turkey breast under cold running water and pat it dry.
  • In a saucepan, melt margarine (or butter), add minced clove, salt, pepper, and other freshly chopped culinary herbs.
  • Stir well to mix the ingredients properly. With a spoon, spread the margarine mixture evenly over the entire turkey.
  • For deep penetration of the flavorful herbs, you can loosen the skin with the help of a wooden spoon.
  • Preheat oven to about 350ºF. Place the turkey breast in the center of the aluminum foil. Wrap the foil and seal the edges properly to prevent evaporation of moisture.
  • Then, place it on the baking pan.
  • It takes about 20 minutes to bake per pound. Accordingly, bake it for the stipulated time period.
  • Remove the roasted turkey breast from the oven and serve it with mashed potato and cooked vegetables.

Method #2: In a Crock-pot

You can find several ways to cook a turkey breast in a slow cooker, which differ in ingredients as per the personal choice. The only challenge with this method is to have lots of patience. One method to cook it in a slow cooker is given here:
  • Turkey breast, 4 pounds
  • Garlic cloves (minced), 2
  • Large Onion (diced), 1
  • Chicken broth (2½ ounces), 1 can
  • Garlic powder, ½ tbsp.
  • Olive oil
  • Unsalted butter (optional)
  • Salt, pepper, and chili powder to taste
Directions for Preparation
  • Rinse and pat dry the turkey breast. For a better taste, leave the skin intact.
  • Rub the sides with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle salt, pepper, and chili powder evenly on the turkey breast and also, spread the garlic paste over it.
  • Spray the bottom and sides of the slow cooker with butter.
  • Lay the onion slices at the bottom of the cooker and place the turkey breast on top of them.
  • Pour the chicken broth from the sides of the cooker, put on the lid, and cook for about 8-10 hours.
  • With a little patience, you can serve your yummy slow cooker turkey breast dish.

Method #3: On the Grill

So, you are expecting some special guests and want to cook some new recipe for turkey breast. Grilling is the best way to cook flavorful and less fatty turkey breast recipes. The basic tips to cook it on the grill are:
  • Turkey breast, 4 pounds
  • Butter (melted), ¼ cup
  • Honey, ⅓ cup
  • Mustard, 1 tbsp.
  • Curry powder, 1 tsp.
  • Garlic powder, ¼ tsp.
Directions for Preparation
  • Clean the turkey breasts and pat them dry.
  • Start the grill, for charcoal grills, bring the internal temperature to about 180ºF.
  • Likewise, set the temperature for other grill types.
  • Try to maintain a constant temperature throughout the grilling.
  • Prepare and keep sauce beforehand by combining the ingredients- butter, honey, curry powder, garlic powder, and mustard.
  • Cover the grill and cook the breast (total cooking time 1½ to 2 hours).
  • After about 1 hour of grilling, frequently brush the turkey breast with sauce till they are ready to serve.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped thyme and parsley and serve.

Method #4: Deep-fried Cutlets

In order to get appreciation from your friends and family members, cook turkey cutlets by stuffing them first with flavorful culinary ingredients. Refer to the tips mentioned here to prepare a tasty turkey breast cutlet recipe:
  • Turkey Breast cutlets, 4
  • Italian-seasoned dry bread crumbs, 1 cup
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup
  • Sour cream (fat-free), ¼ cup
  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp.
Directions for Preparation
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread crumbs and cheese. Using a spoon, spread sour cream over the turkey breast cutlet, and then coat it with the bread crumbs mixture.
  • Likewise, prepare all the four cutlets and keep aside.
  • In a thick skillet, heat olive oil over a medium flame.
  • Add turkey breasts and cook them for about 6 - 7 minutes per side.
  • These cutlets are best served with a hot dipping sauce.
So, this how to cook turkey breast using various mediums, which you can try with less effort. For fewer calories, you can trim the skin and fat parts, before cooking them. Learn to cook these recipes, and you do not have to worry while preparing the food menu for the coming party!