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Herb Crusted (Roasted )Turkey Breast

Herb Crusted Turkey Breast

This herb crusted turkey breast in sage butter sauce with roasted garlic gravy is an extremely fancy and easy Thanksgiving recipe. Relatively much simpler and easier than making turkey roulade or roasting a whole bird. This turkey breast recipe will definitely suit all those who are looking for a good and fabulous way to cook the bird, prepared in no time. Simply smear the turkey breast with spices and herbs and put it in the oven. Serve it with a gravy.

Do check our Easy Thanksgiving Recipes Dinner Menu Ideas .

roasted turkey breast fillet

Where To Find Turkey In India ?

In India there are hardly any markets that sells turkey on a regular basis except the one in Kolkata. For the dwindling population of Anglo-Indians in Kolkata, no Christmas dinner is complete without steaming roasted turkey.

So if you are drooling over the thought of roasted turkey then look no further and head straight to New Market. One or two shops are there who keeps this tradition alive since pre-independence times by farming the desi turkey breed. In Bangalore, you can try the Russell market or Auchan (Spar) hypermarket and Nature Basket.

Is Turkey Meat Healthier ?

Turkey meat is leanest of all and healthier than chicken in respect to fats, calories and other nutrients. Turkey contains fewer calories and more protein than chicken. Also less cholesterol, less sodium and more iron than poultry chicken. For this reason it has become the preferred meat for many. My personal preference would always be the turkey breast and fillet. This is the healthiest part of the bird and is just not only easy to cook and serve but consumes less time and hassle free preparation.

roasted turkey breast


How To Cook Turkey Breast ?

The most popular way to cook the turkey breast is to roast it in oven. Roasting should be properly done to ensure that the breast will be moist and tender with excellent flavor.

Generally a seasoned bread crumbs form an appealing crust for turkey but you can simply stick to herb spice rub. Flavours from fresh herbs are just unmatched.

Sage and thyme are two indisputable herbs when it comes to season the poultry and rosemary too goes excellent with it.

Stuffing the turkey breast with garlic, onions and lemons keep the meat tender and juicy, and roasting enhance the flavour of garlic and infused the meat with such heady garlicy flavour that it has become my favourite way to roast the meat.  

Roasted garlic are secret of making flavorsome turkey or chicken roast.

Gravy To Serve With  Turkey Breast

Sage is perhaps the most understated herb of all three and here I have opted for an excellent garlic sage brown butter sauce that I have used for basting the turkey breast. The gravy is must if you are serving turkey breast fillet without any stuffing inside.

On previous occasions I have opted for apple cider gravy and this time I have prepared a beautiful and very garlic y gravy. While roasting the turkey, keep in mind the temperature controls of your oven, and in between keep brushing the turkey breast with sage butter sauce.

Ref: Garlic sage brown butter sauce recipe is from SpruceEats Roasted garlic gravy recipe is from SimplyRecipes.

Herb crusted turkey breast with sage butter and roasted garlic gravy

Herb crusted roasted turkey breast fillet with sage butter sauce and roasted garlic gravy.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Sukanya Ghosh


Turkey roast

  • 2 lb Turkey breast

Sage butter sauce

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2-3 Big size Garlic clove chopped
  • ½ cup Sage fresh (chopped)
  • Pepper to taste

Roasted garlic gravy

  • 2 cups Pan juices / chicken broth low sodium
  • 20 cloves Garlic Big fat
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp All purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp Butter


Sage butter sauce

  • Melt the butter in pan over low heat and add the oil, heat it and then add the chopped garlic in it. Fry it for a minute.
  • Add the chopped fresh sage in the garlic butter and keep stirring it and cook for two three minutes till the garlic gets a brown hue.
  • Season it with ground black pepper.

Roasted turkey breast

  • Wash the turkey breast and pat dry it.
  • Heat the oven to 450 F /230 C
  • With basting brush apply generously the sage butter sauce over the turkey breast.
  • In a wide roasting pan, place the turkey breast on a rack in roasting pan.
  • Roast the turkey for 20 minute, reduce the temperature to 350F and roast it further for around one hour or the meat thermometer reads 155F or till done.
  • After every 20 minute, open the oven and keep brushing the turkey breast with sage butter.
  • Remove from the oven, cover it with foil and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving it into slices.

Roasted garlic gravy

  • Grease a pan lightly and roast the cloves of garlic till nicely browned.
  • In a separate pan, melt the butter, add the flour and mix it well. Cook the butter-flour mix over low heat, stirring often until the mixture attains a faint brownish hue.
  • Whisking constantly gradually pour the pan juices or the chicken broth.
  • Add the roasted garlic in it, cover and keep simmering it for another 10 minutes.
  • To finish the gravy, pour it in a mixer and blend it until smooth.
  • Serve the sage butter roasted turkey with garlic gravy.

The meat was succulent, the flavor of sage was well expressed and the roasted garlic gravy complements it well. We had enjoyed this beautiful herb crusted turkey breast in roasted garlic gravy with  sweet potato soup as side and pumpkin pie in dessert.

Happy Holidays



  • Reply
    November 27, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Awesome recipe! Looks delicious! What restaurant have you had the best herb crusted turkey breast? Remember to add it to your Besty List! http://www.thebesty.com/safronstreaks

  • Reply
    April 6, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Do NOT wash meat! It does not help anything and sprays salmonella ALL OVER your kitchen! Do not EVER recommend such dangerous kitchen activities!

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