If you’re intimidated by the idea of cooking a whole turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, or you just don’t need that much turkey to begin with, this Buttermilk Marinated Turkey Breast is for you.
Often, with a boneless turkey breast, the meat tends to be dry, but marinating it in buttermilk solves that problem, and you end up with moist, tender turkey that’s easy to slice and serve.
And don’t forget about any additional time you might need to defrost your turkey.
This technique also works with a bone-in turkey breast, if you prefer, although you may have to marinate it in a stock pot rather than a large zip-top bag.
This is such a delicious solution to a whole Thanksgiving turkey, I often make two boneless turkey breasts for my family, rather than one large turkey.
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Buttermilk Marinated Turkey Breast
Turkey breast, marinated in buttermilk and seasonings, so it's extra tender and juicy.
- 1 (2-2.5 lb.) boneless turkey breast
- 3 cups buttermilk
- 1 tablespoons + 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 1/4 teaspoons pepper, divided
- 1 1/4 teaspoons poultry seasoning, divided
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Place turkey breast in a large, zip-top bag. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, and garlic. Pour buttermilk mixture into bag with turkey breast and seal tightly. Place in a baking dish to catch any drips and place in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove turkey breast from buttermilk and pat dry with paper towels. Discard buttermilk. Place the turkey breast in a roasting pan, or on a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack.
- In a small bowl, stir together oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon paprika. Spread the oil and seasoning mixture over the turkey.
- Cook in the preheated oven until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest portion reads 165 degrees (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Let stand for 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving.
Recipe NotesPrep time includes 8-12 hours of marinading time.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Taste of the South