How to Bake a Flavorful Turkey Breast

by Sara Ipatenco

Baked turkey breast is a healthy source of protein.

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Whether it is Thanksgiving or you just have a craving for a juicy piece of turkey, baking is one method that can help you prepare a flavorful meal. The most important parts of baking a moist turkey breast is the marinade and the seasonings. Soaking your turkey breast in a well-seasoned marinade infuses it with bold flavor, and shaking on some additional herbs and spices before baking can make it taste even better. Serve your turkey breast with a side of baked potatoes and steamed green beans, and you will have a nutritious and flavorful meal.

Whisk together the oil, wine, salt, pepper and dried herbs in a large dish.

Rinse your turkey breast in running water, and pat it dry with a paper towel.

Place the turkey breast into the marinade, and flip it until it is coated.

Refrigerate your marinating turkey breast for four to eight hours, flipping once every hour.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spray a large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Remove the turkey breast from the marinade using a large pair of tongs. Place it into the sprayed baking dish, sprinkle it with more herbs and cover it tightly with foil.

Bake the turkey breast for one hour. Remove foil and continue baking for 30 minutes more.

Poke a meat thermometer into the thickest section of your turkey breast. The temperature needs to register 160 degrees Fahrenheit before your turkey is cooked through and safe to eat.

Take your turkey breast out of the oven, and transfer it to a serving platter.

Tip

  • Rub all surfaces of your turkey breast with a peeled garlic clove for an additional burst of flavor. Or bake your turkey breast with peeled and halved garlic cloves. Red chili flakes, paprika, lemon pepper and curry are all strong spices that add intense flavor to a turkey breast.

References

  • How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food; Mark Bittman and Alan Witschonke
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Clean; Diane A. Welland

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.