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Brined and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Breast with the Best Easy Gravy on with white platter with red napkin and parsley garnish
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5 from 4 votes

Brined and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Breast with the Best Easy Gravy

A golden-crisp and herb-flavored, buttery skin with a juicy, incredibly moist interior.  The buttery, fragrant drippings make the best simple turkey gravy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brined and Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with the Best Easy Gravy
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 145kcal


  • 1 5-6 pound bone-in, skin-on turkey breast
  • 1 recipe Turkey Brine - See Link in the Recipe Notes below.

Herb Butter

  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced

Turkey Gravy

  • 1/2 cup turkey drippings
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken or turkey stock broth may be substituted


  • Completely defrost turkey breast if using a frozen breast.
  • Brine turkey breast for 4-5 hours using the Brine recipe in the link below.
  • Thoroughly rinse all of the brine from the turkey breast, pat very dry, and let rest at room temperature for 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Stir together the room temperature butter with the pepper, thyme, and garlic.
  • Smear the entire turkey breast with the butter mixture.
  • Bake in a roasting pan or baking dish uncovered for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until the interior temperature reaches 160 degrees.  Baste upon occasion if desired,
  • Let turkey rest for 10 or more minutes before carving.

Turkey Gravy

  • Bring 1/2 cup turkey drippings to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan over a medium low heat.
  • Stir in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Whisking quickly, slowly add broth or stock.
  • Bring to a gently simmer and let boil for 1 minute.


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 88mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.6mg