Stuffed Turkey Breast

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  • Combine two of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes into one with this Stuffed Turkey Breast recipe. Stuffing and turkey are a match made in heaven!

    Stuffed Turkey Breast Sliced on a cutting board

    Turkey Roll

    This is actually a stuffing stuffed turkey breast, but that is a mouth full, so stuffed turkey breast it is!

    Are you having a low-key Thanksgiving? Or just tired of roasting a whole Thanksgiving turkey? This is a great alternative.

    Sliced turkey breast on a plate smothered with gravy
    Smothered with Turkey Gravy

    It is fabulous not just at Thanksgiving, but any day of the year! Make this turkey breast recipe year round to fulfill your Thanksgiving cravings. Turkey and stuffing, all in one.

    How to Make Stuffed Turkey Breast

    To start, you will want to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating, butterfly the breast so that it is thinner. This will ensure it cooks a little quicker and more even.

    Turkey is a protein that does need to be cooked all the way through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use a digital thermometer to check it.

    close up of stuffed turkey breast

    Then on a cutting board, cover the turkey breast with plastic wrap and tenderize until it is about 1/4 inch thick using the flat side of your meat mallet. You want it to be thin enough to roll, but not so thin that it starts falling apart.

    Turkey breast on a cutting board with a ruler

    Next, spread the cooked stuffing over the entire breast and pack down tightly. From the long end, roll the turkey up into a tight roll.

    Stuffing spread on turkey breast

    Using kitchen twine, tie the roll together in several areas so that it stays together. This makes sure the stuffing stays inside the stuffed turkey breast.

    Turkey breast tied together with cooking twine

    In a small bowl, mix together the seasoning: garlic powder, paprika, sea salt and pepper. If you want a really Thanksgiving-y turkey flavor use my Turkey Seasoning instead.

    Slather the stuffed turkey breast with the softened butter, then sprinkle with the seasoning mixture.

    Seasoned butter slathered on rolled turkey breast

    Put it into the oven with a cooking time of 60-75 minutes. Every 15-20 minutes, baste with butter and the pan drippings. Make sure to use a thermometer to make sure the turkey is cooked all the way through.

    Serving

    After the stuffed turkey breast registers at 165 degrees, remove from the oven and allow it to rest for about 5-10 minutes. Don’t skip the resting period. Then you can slice, serve and enjoy!

    Cooked stuffed turkey breast in a roasting pan

    Now, although I am a huge proponent of homemade stuffing, for this recipe, I usually just grab the store bought box. It is easy and takes about 10 minutes to make.

    To make the store bought stuffing have a little more flavor and character, I substitute chicken or vegetable broth for water and add 1-2 tablespoons cooked, crumbled bacon. Both are optional.

    Whole roast turkey breast on a cutting board with sprigs of thyme

    You can also make a nice turkey gravy from the drippings or buy premade gravy. You can certainly eat it without gravy, too. It is moist and flavorful on its own.

    Turkey gravy spooning over slices of stuffed turkey breast

    With that said, if you are a “crispy stuffing” person, this stuffed turkey breast might not be your favorite recipe. Since the stuffing is inside the turkey, it stays a little moist and never gets the crunchy bits so many people like.

    Not to say this isn’t a delicious recipe, I just don’t want you to be disappointed. With that said, I am a “crispy stuffing person” and I actually loved it, so give it a whirl and try it for yourself!

    Gravy spooning over stuffed turkey breast

    Storage & Freezing

    This recipe is best eaten fresh, so I don’t recommend making it ahead of time. You can, however, prep the turkey rolls, tie them and then place them in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

    Store in the refirgerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Leftovers can be heated in the microwave or oven.

    Rolled stuffed turkey breast

    Stuffed turkey breast can be frozen after being cooked. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost at room temperature before heating in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.

    stuffed turkey breast on a cutting board

    Chicken

    Can I use chicken instead? This recipe would be delightful with chicken, but a turkey breast is WAY larger than a chicken breast.

    If you do use chicken, you’ll likely need to make each one on a smaller scale, probably 2 tablespoons of stuffing per breast, and make about 4 breasts. You can use poultry seasoning or the spice blend listed.

    Cooking time will also reduce greatly, probably about 40 minutes, but use a digital thermometer to check the doneness at 165 degrees.

    Stuffed turkey breast for Pinterest

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    Tools you’ll need to make roast turkey breast:

    Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.

    Good knife – Global is my favorite! They are worth the price, I promise. I am kind of obsessed with them and store them tucked away so no one else can use them. Including hubby. Hands off my good stuff!

    Square Glass Baking Dish– I prefer glass to metal any day of the week. It looks nicer longer and usually comes with a lid. 

    Meat Thermometer– Every home kitchen should have a meat thermometer. Never take a guess as to if something is done again! 

    Meat Mallet- You can try to butterfly the breast super thin, but it will never get as uniformly thin as it will using a meat tenderizer.

    Stuffed Turkey Breast close up

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    Stuffed Turkey Breast

    Oven roasted turkey breast doesn't get any better than this Stuffed Turkey Breast! Perfect for any weeknight, not just Thanksgiving!Oven roasted turkey breast doesn't get any better than this Stuffed Turkey Breast! Perfect for any weeknight, not just Thanksgiving!
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
    Total Time1 hr 30 mins
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: roast turkey breast, stuffed turkey breast
    Servings: 3
    Calories: 390kcal

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    • Butterfly turkey breast so it is thinner.
    • On a cutting board, cover turkey breast with plastic wrap and tenderize until about ¼ inch thick. It needs to be thin enough to roll, but thick enough to not be totally pulverized.
    • Spread cooked stuffing on the entire area, patting down tight.
    • From the long end, roll turkey breast up tight.
    • Using cooking twine, tie in several areas so it stays together.
    • Slather top with softened butter, then season with garlic powder, paprika, fine sea salt and ground black pepper.
    • Bake for 60-75 minutes, basting every 15-20 minutes with butter and browned bits. The actual cooking time with vary based on the thickness of your turkey roll.
    • Bake until the center registers at 165 degrees.
    • Remove and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
    • Serve with gravy, if desired.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

    Notes

    *packages usually come with a pack of 2, so cut them apart and freeze one or make both, but double the stuffing and butter topping.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 956mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 472IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg
    Stuffed turkey breast for pinterest- whole and sliced

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