You are going to love this succulent and juicy maple roasted turkey breast. If you love white meat then this is definitely the recipe for you!
This maple roasted turkey breast is the perfect recipe for all of my white meat lovers! It’s super comforting and makes for the best leftovers. Turkey sandwiches the following day? Yes, please! Most people enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey once a year, so it better be worth it. This is so worth it.
How To make Maple Roasted Turkey Breast
Start by preparing the brine. Place the turkey breast, kosher salt, and water in a large pot. Cover it and refrigerate it for a minimum of 24 hours. The following day you’ll want to rinse the turkey breast and pat it dry with a paper towel. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees f. Prepare the garlic butter mixture by mixing the unsalted butter, fresh garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey and place it in a roasting pan. Cover the turkey with aluminum foil and bake for about 2 1/2 hours. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and maple syrup. Uncover the turkey and brush it with the maple butter mixture. Bake the turkey for an additional 15 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees f.
Top Tips and Recipe Variations
- Do not skip the brining. It will ensure that the turkey breast stays moist and perfectly seasoned on the inside.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. This will ensure that you don’t overcook or undercook the turkey breast.
- Let the turkey rest for a minimum of 10 minutes before carving.
- If you don’t have maple syrup feel free to use honey instead.
- Adding a drizzle of sriracha sauce will add some spice to the turkey.
Should I Use a Fresh or Frozen Turkey?
It doesn’t matter whether it’s fresh or frozen. Just make sure you let the turkey thaw completely before you brine it.
Exactly How Long Should I Cook A Turkey Breast For?
The standard cooking time is 15- 20 minutes per pound in a preheated oven at 325 degrees F.
Although most people serve an entire turkey during Thanksgiving, I highly recommend serving a turkey breast for those who aren’t fans of dark meat. Once you give this recipe a try, you will be hooked!
More Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas
- Maple Sausage Stuffing
- Thanksgiving Roast Turkey
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole
- Candied Yams
Maple Glazed Turkey Breast
- 10 lb Bone-in Turkey Breast
- 4 ounces softened unsalted butter
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 sprigs thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 quartz water
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
- In a large pot combine the water and kosher salt.
- Rinse and pat dry the turkey breast.
- Place the turkey breast in the large pot and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours.
- Rinse the turkey and pat dry it with a paper towel.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, mix the softened butter, chopped garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Rub the butter mixture under the skin and outside of the turkey breast.
- Cover the turkey with foil and bake for 2 1/2 hours.
- In a small bowl combine the melted butter and maple syrup.
- Brush the entire turkey breast with the maple mixture.
- Place the turkey back in the oven, uncovered, while brushing with the maple butter every 15 minutes, and cook until the thickest part of the turkey reaches 165 degrees F.
- Let the turkey breast rest for 20 minutes covered before carving.