Buttered Turkey Breast Roast

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


For Thanksgiving or anytime when a whole turkey is just a little too much, try this recipe for buttered turkey breast roast!


  • One four pound turkey breast, bone-in with skin
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature, plus 2 tablespoons for the sauce
  • 8 sprigs each thyme and rosemary, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line a rimmed baking dish with foil.
  2. Spread the 1/2 cup of butter generously over the turkey breast, gently working it under the skin and inside the cavity.
  3. Place 7 sprigs each of the thyme and rosemary on the baking sheet in a little pile and place the turkey breast on top, skin-side up. Place another rosemary and thyme sprig on top.
  4. Roast for an hour or until an instant read thermometer reads 160. Remove and cover with foil while you make the sauce.
  5. Pour the pan drippings into a small pot and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir until butter is melted and season with a little salt and pepper.
  6. Slice the turkey and serve, passing the sauce around in a pitcher for drizzling!