Author: Christina Eleton
November 17, 2023

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast (Paleo & Whole30)

This Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is perfect for smaller crowds...packed full of flavor, juicy and super easy too!

Oven Roasted Turkey

Thanksgiving week is my family’s favorite time of the year. My girls and I love our time together prepping and preparing all of the wonderful foods on the days leading up to the big day. Well, a few years back, I discovered the best thing ever...roasting a whole turkey breast instead of a full whole turkey. Oh my goodness, this is a dream come true! Let me tell you why...

Why I Love A Whole Turkey Breast Verses A Full Whole Turkey

  • Smaller - This is so wonderful for smaller crowds or families...so much easier and quicker!
  • Less Work - I love that it takes little time to prepare and cook. This gives me extra time with all the fixings and more time to spend with my family.
  • More Space - It's so great that a smaller turkey leaves more space in your fridge and oven on Thanksgiving day.
  • Best Taste - A smaller turkey turns out so flavorful, juicy and has the best crispy skin.
  • Less Expensive - The prices for a full sized turkey are ridiculous...especially one that is raised properly. I love that a whole turkey breast is very affordable and the perfect size for my family.
Raw turkey breast before cooking

What You Need To Make This Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

  • whole turkey breast with skin (3-4 pounds)
  • avocado oil
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • fresh thyme for presentation

How To Make This Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Spray your roasting rack with avocado oil and place your turkey skin side up on the rack.
  • Pat the turkey with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • In a small bowl, mix together avocado oil, sea salt and pepper and rub all over top of the turkey.
  • Roast the turkey for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees.
  • Turn your oven temperature up to 500 degrees and finish cooking the turkey for 20 to 30 minutes. This will also crisp up the skin.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven and check the temperature with your digital meat thermometer. Make sure the temperature reads 160 degrees.
  • Let the turkey rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme and enjoy!
Oven roasted turkey breast

Tips For The Best Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

  • Make sure to season the turkey with plenty of sea salt/avocado oil mixture.
  • Using a Digital Meat Thermometer is a must for temperature readings.
  • A Roasting Pan With Rack works perfectly for this recipe.
  • Let the turkey rest for 30 minutes before carving for best taste and for the juices to soak into the meat, resulting in a moist and juicier turkey.
Oven roasted turkey breast

What To Serve With Turkey

A few more of my favorites on Thanksgiving Day...

Oven roasted turkey breast

I am super excited to share this recipe idea with you. I know it has made my Thanksgiving day so much more enjoyable! Let me know if you give it a try! Oh, and do make sure to try my Simple Paleo Turkey Gravy over this wonderful, delicious roasted turkey!

Oven Roasted Turkey

Oven Roasted Turkey Breast (Paleo & Whole30)

Author: Christina Eleton
This Oven Roasted Turkey Breast is perfect for smaller crowds...packed full of flavor, juicy and super easy too!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings

Equipment

  • Roasting Pan With Rack
  • Digital Meat Thermometer 

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole turkey breast with skin (3-4 pounds)
  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • fresh thyme for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  • Spray your roasting rack with avocado oil and place your turkey skin side up on the rack. 
  • Pat the turkey with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • In a small bowl, mix together avocado oil, sea salt and pepper and rub all over top of the turkey.
  • Roast the turkey for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees.
  • Turn your oven temperature up to 500 degrees and finish cooking the turkey for 20 to 30 minutes. This will also crisp up the skin. (see recipe notes)
  • Remove the turkey from the oven and check the temperature with your
    Digital Meat Thermometer . Make sure the temperature reads 160 degrees.
  • Cover the turkey loosely with foil and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme and enjoy!

Notes

All ovens vary and depending on the size of your turkey breast will determine how long it needs to cook.  It will be finished cooking when it reaches 160 degrees. Cook longer if needed. A Digital Meat Thermometer is a must!  Also, you can baste with more avocado oil to finish the cooking process if you prefer.  Sometimes I do this when browning the skin.  
Keyword Paleo, Thanksgiving, Turkey,
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