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Bone-in turkey breasts are easy to find, and as impressive as a whole bird when you roast them in butter and herbs.

Provided by Alison Roman

Categories     Bon Appétit     Thanksgiving     Poultry     turkey     Roast     Christmas     Kid-Friendly     Dinner     Christmas Eve     Butter     Sugar Conscious     Wheat/Gluten-Free     Peanut Free     Tree Nut Free     Soy Free     No Sugar Added     Small Plates

Yield 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 6

2 skin-on, bone-in turkey breasts (3 1/2-4 pounds)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
6 sprigs thyme
4 sprigs rosemary
1 head of garlic, cloves peeled, crushed


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Gently loosen skin from turkey breasts and rub butter under skin and all over outside of breasts; season with salt and pepper.
  • Scatter thyme sprigs, rosemary sprigs, and garlic over a large rimmed baking sheet and arrange turkey breasts, skin side up, on top. Roast turkey breasts, turning halfway through, until skin is crisp and golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breasts registers 160°F (for optimal moistness, you will want to cook the white meat of the turkey breasts to a lower internal temperature than you would if cooking a whole bird), 45-55 minutes.
  • Transfer turkey breasts to a platter and let rest 10 minutes before carving.
  • Serve turkey breasts with pan drippings alongside.

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