by Olena

Boneless Turkey Breast Roast

by Olena

4.8 from 6 reviews

boneless turkey breast roast

Make this juicy boneless turkey breast roast for the Holidays instead of roasting a whole turkey. Or I have a surprise for you. It makes the best homemade healthy sandwich meat year round.

When I was little in Ukraine, my mom would often roast a pork roast stuffed with garlic and rubbed with spices. It would have crispy skin. So good! No cut of pork she used I have seen in Canada. Plus it is probably not that healthy. So all good.

But I borrowed her idea for this roast. Entire roast is stuffed with garlic, herb crusted with fresh rosemary and baked until juicy. So good and easy!!! I promise, only 7 minutes of prep.

Why Cook a Roast and Not Whole Turkey?

I know entire continent is obsessed about cooking entire bird during the Holidays but there are special circumstances when you might want to roast just a bit of turkey.

  1. Small company so don’t want to bother cooking whole turkey.
  2. A few extra guests and whole turkey is not enough.
  3. It’s June and you are craving turkey.
  4. Want healthy deli meat alternative (see below).

boneless turkey breast

What Is a Boneless Turkey Roast?

Let’s get clear what I’m talking about.

  • A mesh pouch with meat
  • A combination of white and dark meat or
  • Boneless turkey breast or boneless turkey thigh only
  • Skinless
  • Located in fresh meat section
  • It is NOT the turkey breast cut of meat sold on its own.
  • Again, it’s a mesh pouch. It took me a while to get clear. So just saying.

What Are the Ingredients for This Recipe?

  • Boneless turkey roast
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

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FAQs for the Best Boneless Turkey Roast

Is roast fresh or frozen?

This recipe calls for fresh boneless skinless turkey roast.

Can I use frozen boneless roast?

You can if you thaw it first and then cook. You can find frozen turkey roast in a box in a frozen section.

Should I remove the casing?

No. Under any circumstances please don’t. Casing is holding pieces of meat together. If you remove it, meat will fall apart. Do not worry, we will season it inside. It will come out juicy and delicious.

Should I cook it covered?

No. Bake the roast uncovered. If you cover it, it will steam instead of roast.

How long do you roast a boneless turkey roast?

Usually 90 minutes for a 3 lbs roast. When inserted meat thermometer should read 160 degrees F. Do not worry about meat reaching 170 degrees F. It will do so while resting. This way turkey roast will come out juicy.

Can I use dried rosemary?

I haven’t tried. I love using dried herbs for soups and stews. For herb roasted turkey roast I highly recommend to buy fresh rosemary. I understand it is extra hustle. I am all for shortcuts but Holidays and roasts call for fresh herbs. You can freeze leftover fresh chopped rosemary and use later.

How Do I Cook a Boneless Turkey Roast?

how to cook boneless turkey breast roast

1. Stuff with garlic

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium roasting pan or Dutch oven, place turkey roast and make 10-15 inserts with a paring knife.
  • Stick garlic slice into each one until you run out of garlic.

2. Season with herbs

  • Rub roast with oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper all around.
  • Taking small handfuls of rosemary pat it onto the roast, then sprinkle some. The goal is to coat the roast in herbs.

3. Bake

  • Bake uncovered for 90 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 160 degrees F.
  •  Remove from the oven, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Internal temperature will reach 170 degrees F and juices settle.

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4. Slice and Serve

  • Using  a sharp knife, remove the casing and slice.
  • Serve warm at a Holiday table with gravy and healthy mashed potatoes.
  • Enjoy cold as an appy or make turkey sandwiches.

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How to Make Easy Pan Gravy

OK. So because you didn’t cook turkey, doesn’t mean you can’t have a gravy. Turn that small amount of drippings from cooking a roast into the gravy!boneless turkey breast cooking time

  1. Place roasting pan with juices from cooking turkey roast on medium heat.
  2. Scrape and shake rosemary and burnt on pieces from removed casing into the pot. There is a lot of flavor. Discard the casing.
  3. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes and whisk to scrape the walls. Again lots of flavor in there.
  4. Add 1/4 cup white wine, 1 tbsp butter, 1/4 tsp salt and ground black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low-medium and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, add a bit of gravy from the pot and 1 tbsp cornstarch. Whisk well with a fork, pour back into the pot and whisk until gravy starts boiling.
  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until thickened a bit. Serve with a turkey roast.

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Turkey Roast Beyond the Holidays

If you are looking at this recipe and it’s not Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter, please know you can still cook the roast. And use instead of deli meat. Healthy sandwich meat! Summer picnics, school and work lunches, appetizers board. Heck, yeah!!!

Refrigerate it whole or sliced for up to a week. It tastes so good cold. And warm with gravy. This recipe is so versatile!

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Boneless Turkey Breast Roast

4.8 from 6 reviews

Serve this juicy boneless turkey roast for Holidays instead of a turkey. Or enjoy as a healthy sandwich meat year round. Herb crusted and stuffed with garlic it is a winner every time!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American Ukrainian
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Ingredients

Boneless Turkey Roast

  • 3 lbs fresh boneless turkey roast, in casing
  • 3 large garlic cloves, cut into matchsticks
  • 3 large rosemary sprigs, leaves removed and minced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Easy Pan Gravy (Optional)

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Boneless Turkey Roast

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium roasting pan or Dutch oven, place turkey roast and make 10-15 inserts with a paring knife. Stick garlic slice into each one until you run out of garlic.
  2. Rub roast with oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper all around. Taking small handfuls of rosemary pat it onto the roast, then sprinkle some. The goal is to coat the roast in herbs.
  3. Bake uncovered for 90 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F. Remove from the oven, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Internal temperature will reach 170 degrees F and juices settle.
  4. Using  a sharp knife, remove the casing and slice. Serve warm at a Holiday table, cold as an appy or use in sandwiches instead of deli meat.

Easy Pan Gravy (Optional)

  1. Place roasting pan with juices from cooking turkey roast on medium heat.
  2. Scrape and shake rosemary and burnt on pieces from removed casing into the pot. There is a lot of flavor. Discard the casing.
  3. Add water and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes and whisk to scrape the walls. Again lots of flavor in there.
  4. Add white wine, butter, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low-medium and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, add a bit of gravy from the pot and cornstarch. Whisk well with a fork, pour back into the pot and whisk until gravy starts boiling.
  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until thickened a bit. Serve with a turkey roast.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. This was really delicious, however mine did not brown as nicely as yours. It was pretty white on the top, actually. It also took way less time to reach the 160 degree temperature. I’m thinking this could be because I used the regular boneless turkey breast with the skin on, not one wrapped in mesh. I couldn’t find that at my grocer.
    Any tips on how to adapt this to work with the cut I have and to also make it brown? I’m thinking maybe cooking it at 400 degrees next time? I’m not sure. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I would not change cooking T – too risky. I would remove the skin and wrap with kitchen twine into a roast. It’s all there is to it. Make sure same weight. Should work.

  2. I never cooked a boneless turkey breast, so I made it according to the recipe and it was simply delicious. Love the garlic and rosemary. It was better the next day for sandwiches. My husband is asking for me to make it again.

  3. You left out #5: Got a free turkey breast from the grocery store for the holidays, don’t know what to do with it so I defrosted it for this recipe and still haven’t cooked it by June :+)

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