Turkey breast is one of the easiest and healthiest entrees you can make. Cooking only requires a calibrated oven and a meat thermometer. Most turkey breasts are sold with the bone in. This keeps the turkey breast moist and flavorful, as the breast itself contains little fat.
Tips to Cooking the Perfect Turkey Breast
Pick a pan with shorter sides to roast your breast so the hot air can circulate for even cooking. If you place the turkey breast on a roasting rack, hot air also will circulate under the breast. Pour a cup of water on the bottom of a turkey pan for easy cleanup after roasting.
Make sure the turkey breast is completely thawed before cooking. If it is still frozen in the center, the breast will cook unevenly. A frozen turkey breast can be thawed by placing it in a refrigerator for 24 hours.
Conventional Oven Roasting Times
Turkey breasts cooked at 325 degrees in a conventional oven should be cooked according to the following times:
2- to 3-lb. turkey breast: 1 1/2 – 2 hours
4- to 6-lb. turkey breast: 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 hours
7- to 8-lb. turkey breast: 2 1/4 to 3 1/4 hours
All poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 for safe eating. Use an oven-safe meat thermometer stuck in the thickest part of the breast to read the proper temperature.
Convection Oven Turkey Breast Cooking Time
If you plan to use the convection cooking setting on your oven to roast your turkey breast, you must adjust the cooking time. Convection oven baking circulates the hot air with fans for more even cooking. Convection cooking also encourages better and more even browning of foods. If you plan to use a convection oven to cook your turkey breast, reduce the cooking time by at least 25 percent. For example, if your turkey needs 90 minutes of baking time in a conventional oven, bake it for about 70 minutes in a convection oven.
References and ResourcesRecipeTips.com: Turkey Breast Roasting Times
USDA: Thawing Your Turkey
National Turkey Federation: Turkey Breast Roasting Times