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- Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Turkey Breast
- Ingredients & Substitutions
- How To Air Fry Turkey Breast
- How Long To Cook Turkey Breast In The Air Fryer?
- Storage Instructions
- What To Serve With Air Fryer Turkey Breast
- More Easy Turkey Recipes
- Tools I Use For This Recipe
- Air Fryer Turkey Breast (Juicy & Easy!)
Last year I made a Crock Pot turkey breast on repeat, but this fall I wanted something a little quicker. Since I’ve been making a lot of air fryer recipes lately, I decided to try turkey breast in the air fryer — and it’s awesome! This air fryer turkey breast recipe is tender and juicy, just like Instant Pot turkey breast, but with the added bonus of golden, crispy skin. Best of all, it’s easy to make and needs just 5 simple ingredients!
Cooking a turkey breast in an air fryer sure is a great option for a smaller piece of turkey, but if you’re cooking for a bigger crowd, try a whole roasted turkey with herb butter, a crispy skin spatchcock turkey, or for an easier method turkey in a bag instead.
Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for turkey breast in the air fryer, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Turkey breast – The best air fryer turkey breast is made with bone-in whole turkey breast, which will be the most flavorful. But, boneless turkey breast (which usually has a net around it) will also work. If your turkey breast is frozen, thaw it in a bag submerged in a bowl of cold water or in the fridge overnight.
- Olive Oil – This adds flavor and helps the seasonings stick. You can also use avocado oil.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper
- Fresh Herbs – I used fresh rosemary and thyme. Chopped sage leaves would also be delicious! If all you have is dried herbs, you can use those, but use 1 teaspoon of the dried seasonings for each tablespoon of fresh.
- Garlic – We’re using whole cloves, so use fresh garlic. I don’t recommend substituting garlic powder or jarred garlic here.
How To Air Fry Turkey Breast
This section shows how to cook turkey breast in the air fryer, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Season. Pat the skin dry with paper towels. Rub all sides of the turkey breast with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper, rosemary, and thyme. Place the garlic cloves under the skin and on top.
- Cook. Air fry turkey breast skin side down in the preheated air fryer. Flip and cook until the skin is golden and crispy, and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F with an instant read thermometer.
- Rest. Remove the turkey breast from air fryer basket and let it rest before carving. (This ensures that it will stay juicy.) Use a sharp knife to slice and enjoy! I serve mine drizzled with low carb gravy.
How Long To Cook Turkey Breast In The Air Fryer?
As a rule of thumb, air fry turkey breast for about 10-12 minutes per pound for boneless or 11-13 minutes per pound for bone-in. For a 5-pound turkey breast, that is approximately an hour. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees F.
The best way to check that it’s done is by inserting a probe thermometer before you place the basket in the air fryer. Cooking time will vary depending on the weight and shape of the meat.
- Store: Keep leftover turkey breast in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Reheat: You can reheat turkey in the air fryer or the oven at 350 degrees F. To keep it juicy, add some broth to the bottom of the basket (or baking dish if using the oven).
- Freeze: You can freeze cooked turkey meat for up to 3 months. (Take the meat off the bone before freezing.)
What To Serve With Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Serve up your air fryer turkey breast with your favorite Thanksgiving sides — or other simple side dishes for an easy dinner anytime:
- Potatoes – Mashed potatoes are a classic for holidays, or try mashed cauliflower. You can also try some garlic parmesan fries for a weeknight dinner.
- Green Beans – Green beans almondine is my go-to dish for a quick side that feels special, but you can’t go wrong with oven roasted green beans, either.
- Other Veggies – If you make this turkey as an everyday dinner, pair it with roasted asparagus or sauteed broccoli. If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving veggie side, you can’t go wrong with a stunning creamy spinach recipe.
- Casseroles – For a filling Thanksgiving meal, make a cheesy zucchini casserole or a gluten-free green bean casserole.
- Salad – My favorite salad to serve with turkey recipes is a sweet kale salad, but feel free to pair it with any of my easy salad recipes.
- Thanksgiving Desserts – This meal would be unforgettable with a crustless pumpkin pie!
More Easy Turkey Recipes
If you love this air fryer turkey breast recipe, you might also love some of my other easy turkey recipes:
Tools I Use For This Recipe
- Air Fryer – You can’t make turkey breast in the air fryer without the air fryer. I love this one because it’s large and heats evenly.
- Thermometer – I like to use a probe thermometer, because it’s hands-off and I don’t have to keep checking the temperature (it beeps when ready!). But, this is my favorite regular meat thermometer if that’s your preferred method.
Air Fryer Turkey Breast (Juicy & Easy!)
Make the BEST turkey breast in the air fryer! This air fryer turkey breast recipe (bone-in or boneless) is juicy & tender, with crispy skin.
Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
Use paper towels to pat the turkey dry. Rub the olive oil all over the turkey breast. Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper, rosemary, and thyme.
Place the garlic pieces under the turkey skin and on top of the turkey.
Place the turkey breast in the air fryer, skin side down. Air fry, flipping halfway through, for about 55-60 minutes for a 5-pound turkey breast. If yours is a different size, cook for 10-12 minutes per pound for boneless turkey breast or 11-13 minutes per pound for bone-in turkey breast. It's done when the skin is golden brown and crispy, and the internal temperature in the thickest part of the meat reaches 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). (I recommend using a probe thermometer for best results.)
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Serving size: ~6-8 oz cooked turkey, or 1/4 of entire recipe
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