Wondering what to serve with turkey breast? Turkey breast is extremely popular due to smaller gatherings and its price. Here are delicious 15 side dishes to serve with a turkey breast for Thanksgiving dinner and year round.

A plate with sliced turkey breast, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce.

The best sides for turkey breast are, of course, the classics. Traditionally served with turkey are mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce and brussels sprouts.

Here you will find those and more. Let’s dive in!

Turkey Breast Recipes

Due to our small family of four, some holidays I skip roasting a whole bird and make a turkey breast roast instead.

You might have your tried and true recipe for a turkey breast but in case you don’t, here is my small collection. No dry meat here!

I do like to roast turkey breast in every possible big and small kitchen appliance.

Now, let’s dive in into easy, healthy and delicious side dishes for turkey breast you can make this time of the year.

And even if you are hosting a smaller group of guests, all these side dish recipes have storage and freezing instructions.

Mashed Potatoes

Closeup of mashed potatoes scooped with wooden spoon and garnished with parsley.
  • Instant Pot mashed potatoes – As creamy as classic mashed potatoes, this recipe for pressure cooker mashed potatoes doesn’t need draining and saves precious space on the stove on a busy day!
  • Lighter mashed potatoes – Classic mashed potatoes made creamy without a stick of butter, so healthier. It is my grandma’s and family recipe from Ukraine and is a must-have Thanksgiving side dish!
  • Cauliflower mashed potatoes – Low carb alternative to starchy mashed potatoes that tastes almost as good. It is perfect side dish for those guests who are watching calories. The only trick is to serve it same day.
  • Mashed sweet potatoes – An easy and simple recipe for a traditional sweet potato mash. You can also make it with cooked butternut squash.

Casseroles

Sweet potato casserole with pecan crumb topping in white baking dish and linen towel.
  • Sweet potato casserole – Lightened up sweet potato casserole that is creamy and fluffy. The pecan crumb topping is crispy and absolutely delicious! This casserole is completely gluten-free.
  • Green bean casserole – Healthier alternative to the classic you may know. This is fresh green beans casserole made with no canned soup or canned fried onions. And still so easy! All you have to do is blanch green beans, combine them with homemade creamy sauce, and bake under crazy good Parmesan garlic topping.
  • Healthy mac and cheese – For some folks, Thanksgiving table is not complete without a bowl of good old mac and cheese. My healthier version is just as creamy and flavorful but way lighter.

Veggie Sides

Sauteed butternut squash with goat cheese in a bowl and linen towel near.
  • Sauteed butternut squash – Cubed butternut squash sauteed with honey and garlic, then mixed with toasted nuts and goat cheese crumbles. It takes 20 minutes and is to-die-for turkey side dish!
  • Garlic green beans – Here we have fresh green beans tossed in oil and fresh garlic, then sauteed until crispy. Only 15 minutes and so good!
  • Sauteed brussels sprouts – Brussels sprouts halves pan fried until golden with bacon, pecans and garlic. Another very easy Holiday classic.
  • Cauliflower stuffing – This low carb stuffing has all the flavors of traditional version minus the bread. It is chock full of veggies and buttery herb flavor.
  • Roasted mini peppers – This is the easiest side dish that goes with everything on Thanksgiving table and year round. Sweet mini peppers are tossed with balsamic vinegar, EVOO and garlic. No cutting, seeding or peeling is needed!

Sauces & Bread

Fresh cranberry sauce in white bowl with golden spoon and orange rind on top.
  • Lower sugar cranberry sauce – You need only 4 simple ingredients to make the best homemade cranberry sauce! Add as much or as little sweetener as you wish to control the sugar amount. Use leftovers in variety of ways or freeze!
  • Lighter turkey gravy – Turkey gravy recipe without pan drippings is a must-have when cooking turkey breast because it doesn’t produce any fat. All you need is just some pantry and fridge staples, and you have a delicious gravy with tons of flavor! No pan juices, no problem!
  • Healthier cornbread – This gluten free cornbread with almond flour is moist, sweet and has a tender crumb. It is so good!

FAQs About Turkey Breast

How much to plan turkey breast per person?

General rule of thumb is 1/2 lb of turkey breast per person. So purchase accordingly to the number of guests you will be serving.

How long does cooked turkey breast last in the fridge?

Refrigerate whole turkey breast or sliced turkey breast in an airtight container for up to a week.

How to reheat cooked turkey breast?

Cooked turkey breast tastes very good cold, especially on a sandwich. But if you would like to reheat it, you can do so in a microwave until warmed through. If you have an air fryer, you can reheat turkey breast similar to reheating chicken breast in air fryer.

I also recommend to pan fry slices of meat in olive oil. But I would not recommend to reheat it in the oven because white lean meat will dry out more.

What to do with leftover turkey breast?

Shred or slice leftover turkey breast meat. Because it is a lean meat, leftovers go best in soups like this turkey rice soup recipe and cheesy dishes like these turkey quesadillas.

I hope you enjoy this great collection of easy side dishes for turkey breast! Happy Holidays!

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A plate with sliced turkey breast, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce.

15 Best Side Dishes for Turkey Breast

Wondering what to serve with turkey breast? Here are delicious 15 side dishes to serve with a turkey breast for Thanksgiving dinner and year round.
5 from 1 vote
Servings 10
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients  

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Butternut squash
  • Green beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Cranberries
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Garlic

Instructions 

  • You can make ahead pretty much any of these turkey breast side dishes. Cover and refrigerate. Check each individual recipe for make ahead instructions.
  • To reheat, do so in a microwave, air fryer or on the stove. Please check each recipe for detailed instructions how to reheat.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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  1. Recipes so easy to follow. Made a lot of them and are so tasty. You do a wonderful job, keep up the good work. Thank you😋☺

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