Roasted turkey breast

This simple, foolproof recipe requires just four ingredients.

"This easy go-to protein should be a staple for every athlete," says Philadelphia-based recipe developer Robert Luessen. When carving, it's easy to remove the skin for those who prefer skinless, he adds.

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Serves 4

Photography by Jillian Guyette. Recipe development by Robert Luessen.


1 6-pound bone-in, skin-on turkey breast
1 tablespoon olive oil



Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. While oven is heating, dry turkey with a paper towel. Drizzle with olive oil and rub to cover all parts of skin and meat. Season very generously on all sides with salt and pepper.


Place turkey breast on the rack of a roasting pan or on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Without opening oven, lower heat to 350 degrees and continue roasting for about one hour, or until a cooking thermometer reads 155 degrees when inserted into the thickest portion of the breast.


When cooked through, remove from oven, cover with foil, and let stand for 20 minutes.



Using a sharp knife, slice in between the breastbone and turkey breast meat. Working away from you, slice across and down the length of the breast, using your other hand to pull the meat away from the bone as you cut. The breast meat can be sliced or pulled for various preparations.