A bone in turkey breast can be a bit intimidating. It’s big and bulky, heavy and funky looking, and just plain awkward to handle. Have no fear! I’ve got 2 great ways to make delicious bone in turkey breast and it’s perfect for turkey for two! (That sounds romantic, doesn’t it?)
I know a lot of you are reading this recipe in prep for your small, intimate Thanksgiving meal. And this bone in turkey breast is absolutely perfect for that! But I’ve got news for you… this one’s not just for Thanksgiving, guys. It’s great year-round!
That’s why I’m showing you two different ways to get an amazingly tender, very flavorful, and flat out gorgeous bone in turkey breast. On the grill for those of you doing this year-round or in great grilling weather. And in the oven if you’re looking for a more traditional approach.
It’s all about the brine. Do not skip this step! Whether you’re firing up the grill or cranking up your oven, the key to moist and juicy turkey breast is the brine. And it’s super easy! Just toss some sugar, salt, and water in a gallon-sized zip top bag. Toss in that breast and let it sit for a couple of hours. (full brining instructions below)
The brine permeates the turkey and in doing so, pulls moisture into the breast, ensuring you’ll get a super moist bone in turkey breast every time! If you want far more detail on the science of brining (it’s actually really interesting), then check out The Kitchn’s explanation on why you should brine your turkey.
I like to use a split bone-in turkey breast (not a whole one). It will easily feed 3-4 people and is very easy to handle. And you’ve gotta coat that skin to get it nice and crisp. I find that rubbing the breast with a mixture of olive oil and butter works the best. Do this before you begin the cooking process.
Bone-In Turkey Breast on the Grill
Now on to the method. I love making this beautiful turkey on the grill. But it does take a little bit of know-how. (I’m pretty sure that’s why you’re reading it!) The basics are that you sear the outside on a very hot grill, then move the breast to a cooler side of the grill and finish the cooking process with indirect heat. The whole process takes about 45 minutes. (full recipe and directions below)
Bone-In Turkey Breast in the Oven
Oven cooking is a little bit different. You want to get that nice golden skin, but you don’t want to overcook the darn thing. The best way to achieve this result is to start with a very hot oven to get that skin crispy and then turn the temperature down to cook the rest through to the bone. This process should take about an hour. (full recipe and directions below)
This bone in turkey breast is simple, delicious, and basically fool-proof, no matter which way you cook it. Don’t forget to enjoy this one all year long!