Herbed Honey Baked Turkey Breast

Seasoned with fresh herbs, honey, and butter, this Herbed Honey Baked Turkey Breast is juicy, flavourful, and easy to make. It’s perfect for both casual weeknight dinners and the holidays.


Do you ever crave turkey but don’t want to (or need to) cook a whole turkey? Cooking a turkey breast in the oven is a quick, easy way to get a mouthwatering, juicy turkey without making a whole turkey. 

This is a recipe I use for weeknight dinners but it can also work for a small Thanksgiving dinner if you’re just serving a few people. The butter, honey, herbs, and white wine keep it juicy and tender while still giving it an incredible flavor. 

Since it’s much smaller than an entire turkey, this honey-baked turkey breast requires just under an hour to bake, compared to several hours for a typical Thanksgiving turkey. I love that I can make this anytime I want without tons of forethought. Add a side or two, maybe a veggie, and dinner is served. 

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Turkey breast – I use bone-in turkey breast for the most flavour.
  • Herbs – Fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme are the herbs used in this mouthwatering baked turkey. 
  • Butter – Adds a richness to the sauce.
  • Honey – Sweetens the turkey breast.
  • White Wine – I used white wine instead of broth for the base of the sauce.
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic – Adds extra flavor. 

How to Make Herbed Honey Baked Turkey Breast

The first step to creating this incredible turkey breast in the oven is to prepare the sauce. Combine the rosemary, butter, honey, white wine, quartered garlic clove, and half of the sage and thyme in a medium saucepan. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes so the flavour of the herbs infuses the sauce. Remove the sprig of rosemary.

Strain the sauce mixture through a small sieve, then add it to a meat injector. Inject 1/3 of the juice into the turkey breasts.

Drizzle another 1/3 of the mixture on top of the turkey breasts, then season with pepper. You’ll notice salt is not on the ingredient list. Salt can draw out some of the moisture in the turkey, plus it doesn’t need it at all. 

If you don’t have an injector, don’t worry. You can just pour ½ of the mixture on the turkey breast and season with pepper.

Place the rosemary across the top of the breast and season with the remaining sage and thyme as well.

Place in an oven preheated to 325°F. It should take about 45 minutes depending on your oven s keep an eye on it. At about 30 minutes baste the turkey with the honey mixture and place it back in the oven. Baste it again about 5 minutes before it is ready. It is ready when the internal temperature in the meatiest section has reached a temperature of 160°F.

When cooked to temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and tent the turkey breast with foil for 15 minutes. Serve sliced on an angle.

FAQs

  • My turkey seems to be browning too quickly. What should I do? If you notice the turkey browning before it’s reached the right temperature, just tent the pan with foil to let some of the heat off at the top and prevent it from burning.
  • Do I need to use white wine? No, you can easily substitute it with chicken, turkey, or vegetable broth if preferred. 
  • Do I have to use bone-in turkey breast? No, you can use turkey breast without the bone as well. I just always prefer cooking poultry with the bone intact because it adds great additional flavour. 

Can I Use This Recipe for a Whole Turkey? 

Yes. Depending on the size of the turkey, you’ll need to double or triple the honey glaze ingredients. You’ll also need to adjust the cooking time. After the first 45 minutes of cooking time, baste every 30 minutes until the internal temperature of the turkey leg and inner thigh reach 160°F.

The baking time will depend on the size of the turkey. General guidelines are 3 hours for 8 to 12 pounds, 3 ¾ hours for 12 to 14 pounds, and onwards.

You can also check out my post on a roasted whole turkey for more tips.

What to Serve With Honey Baked Turkey Breast

The great thing about turkey breast is that it’s so versatile and pairs well with pretty much any side dishes. You can go for a holiday-esque meal with sides like sweet potato crunch and cornbread stuffing. Mashed potatoes are always a great option too.

Other fun sides include air fryer roasted vegetables, Italian potato salad with green beans, Tuscan Kale and fennel bread stuffing.

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

Leftover honey roasted turkey breast should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last for up to 3 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave or reheat the entire turkey breast in the oven, covered with foil.

Leftovers also make great turkey sandwiches and can be used to make soup, casseroles, and more.

Can I Freeze Baked Turkey Breast?

Yes, this honey glazed turkey can be frozen. I recommend freezing it after slicing. Allow it to cool completely then transfer it to a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months, then thaw overnight in the fridge. 

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Honey baked turkey on a white platter.

Herbed Honey Baked Turkey Breast

Seasoned with fresh herbs, honey, and butter, this Herbed Honey Baked Turkey Breast is juicy, flavourful, and easy to make. It’s perfect for both casual weeknight dinners and the holidays.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: Holiday Recipes, Honey, Honey Baked Turkey, Roasted Turkey, Thanksgiving Recipes, Turkey Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 308kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 lb bone-in turkey breast
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme; finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage; finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine rosemary, butter, honey, white wine, whole garlic clove quartered, half the sage and half the thyme. gently simmer for 3-5 minutes, allowing the flavour from the herbs to infuse into the sauce. Remove and keep the sprig of rosemary.
  • Strain the mixture through a small sieve.  Add the strained mixture to a meat injector and inject 1/3 of the juices into the turkey breasts. 
  • Drizzle another 1/3 of the mixture on top of the breast. Season with pepper. I do not use salt because it can draw out some of the moisture of the turkey and it really doesn't need it. If you don't have an injector, just pour about 1/2 of the mixture on the breast and then season with a sprinkle of pepper as well as the remaining sage and thyme. Place the sprig of rosemary across the top of each breast.
  • Place in an oven preheated to 325°F. It should take about 45 minutes depending on your oven s keep an eye on it. At about 30 minutes baste the turkey with the honey mixture and place it back in the oven. Baste it again about 5 minutes before it is ready. It is ready when the internal temperature in the meatiest section has reached a temperature of 160°F.
  • When cooked to temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and tent the turkey breast with foil for 15 minutes. Serve sliced on an angle.

Notes

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers
Storage and Reheating
Leftover honey roasted turkey breast should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last for up to 3 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave or reheat the entire turkey breast in the oven, covered with foil.
FAQs
  • My turkey seems to be browning too quickly. What should I do? If you notice the turkey browning before it’s reached the right temperature, just tent the pan with foil to let some of the heat off at the top and prevent it from burning.
  • Do I need to use white wine? No, you can easily substitute it with chicken, turkey, or vegetable broth if preferred. 
  • Do I have to use bone-in turkey breast? No, you can use turkey breast without the bone as well. I just always prefer cooking poultry with the bone in tact because it adds great additional flavour. 
Leftovers also make great turkey sandwiches and can be used to make soup, casseroles, and more.

Nutrition

Serving: 7oz | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.7g | Protein: 40.6g | Fat: 10.2g | Saturated Fat: 5.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 11.7g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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