When it comes to carving, a turkey breast is easier to handle than a whole bird. There’s no need to worry about removing the wings, or if you should slice the drumsticks off the bones. Watch the video below to learn how to carve a turkey breast, and read along for a few bonus tips.
After the turkey breast comes out of the oven, transfer it to a cutting board, skin side up, and let it rest for at least 20 minutes. Resting the meat gives the muscle fibers time to relax, and lets the juices settle in. That means that they’ll stay in the meat once you start slicing. If you skip this step, delicious juices will run right out of your bird as soon as you touch it with a knife.
Place your chefs knife on one side of the breast bone. Working along the bone, cut down and past the ribs. Cut the breast completely away from the bones. Repeat on the other side. Some meat will be left, but that’s not a bad thing. The breast bone, meat scraps and all, can be saved and used to make broth.
Once off the bone, place the breasts skin-side up on your cutting board. Slice crosswise. Don’t saw back and forth, use long knife strokes to cut cleanly through the meat. This will help keep the skin in place. Repeat with the remaining breast.
Tips for cooking a turkey breast
Season your turkey the night before cooking. This gives you a change to season the inside of the meat. Over night, the salt will be drawn into the meat, ensuring flavorful turkey all the way through. Store in the refrigerator.
Let the meat come to room temperature before cooking. Take the seasoned turkey out of the refrigerator about an hour before it should go in the oven. This will help the meat cook evenly
Before roasting, thoroughly coat the turkey with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. This will help the skin brown in the oven.
How long to cook a turkey breast
Roast until the turkey is browned and cooked through. A turkey breast will need to roast for 65 to 80 minutes in a 425°F oven. If your turkey is close to 5 pounds, cook for 65 minutes. If your turkey is close to 5.5 pounds, cook for 70 to 75 minutes. If your turkey is closer to 6 pounds, cook for 80 minutes. Save any drippings from the sheet pan to add to your gravy.
Your Blue Apron Thanksgiving turkey breast comes from Diestel Family Ranch, a family-owned farm that’s been in business since 1949.