Lemon-Parsley Turkey Breast

This easy oven-roasted turkey breast recipe with lemon and parsley is the perfect option for Thanksgiving main dish. In just 5 minutes you have your birdie ready for the oven. As a bonus, you get a crispy skin and a flavorful center. I think you’ll love this method!
Lemon-Parsley Turkey Breast


  • 1 turkey breast (medium, bone in)
  • 8 tablespoons butter (cut into 1 tbsp pieces )
  • 1 lemon (cut in half)
  • 1 onion (cut in half)
  • parsley (leaves chopped, stems for stuffing)
  • salt
  • pepper
Prep time:
5 minutes
Cook time:
1 hour, 55 minutes
Total time:
2 hours
Yield: 1 breast | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour, 55 minutes | Total time: 2 hours


1. Preheat oven to 420 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Rinse turkey breast and pat dry with paper towels. Place skin side up into a roasting pan.
Lemon-Parsley Turkey Breast photo instruction 1
3. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over turkey, season inside with salt and pepper, stuff with squeezed lemon, the remaining lemon half, onion halves and parsley stems.
4. Separate the skin from the turkey breast by pushing your fingers under the skin. Be careful not to tear it. Insert butter pieces under the skin (it will keep the breast tender and juicy).
5. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley on all sides.
Lemon-Parsley Turkey Breast photo instruction 2
6. Roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove and baste the breast with the juices from the bottom of the dish.
Lemon-Parsley Turkey Breast photo instruction 3
7. Cover the breast with foil, reduce heat to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C), return to the oven and cook for another 1 1/2 hours, or until cooked through. Remove foil during the last 10 minutes to get a crispy skin.
8. Let rest for at least 15 minutes. Serve.
Lemon-Parsley Turkey Breast photo


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