This oven roasted bone in turkey breast is so much easier to cook than a whole turkey. It's a quick and easy option for the holidays! Being smaller, a turkey breast is easier to brine, which is the secret to the juiciest turkey breast meat ever!!! But being smaller doesn't mean it is any less impressive! This glorious turkey crown makes a glorious centerpiece to your Christmas or Thanksgiving feast.
Heat 1 quart of the water to boiling then add ¼ cup of table salt, ¼ cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of whole peppercorns, and a peeled and quartered onion.
Once the salt and sugar have dissolved, remove the brine from the heat and add the remaining 2 quarts of cold water.
Once the brine is cool, add the turkey breast and refrigerate for 12 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC (FAN- 320ºF/160ºC).
Remove the turkey from the brine and pat dry with kitchen paper towel.
Drizzle the turkey breast with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place the turkey in a roasting tin.
Cover the turkey with foil and roast for 70 minutes (see note 3).
Remove the foil and roast the turkey for a further 68 minutes (see note 3)
Remove the turkey from the oven and allow it to rest in a warm place for 15 mins. You can tent it with foil, but the skin will stop being crisp.
Table salt is easy to dissolve. It has small crystals, so ¼ cup is more than enough. If you are using grain salt (like Molden Salt), then you will need ½ cup of salt.
If your turkey crown is more or less than 6lb (2.7kg), then the cooking time will vary. Use the maths formula in the main bulk of the post to calculate your cook time. Or check out the values below. You want to do roughly half of the time covered and half of the time uncovered.
FOR POUNDS - Cook time (in minutes) = lb x 23
4lb - 45 minutes covered in foil, 47 minutes uncovered4.5lb - 50 minutes covered in foil, 53 minutes uncovered5lb - 60 minutes covered in foil, 55 minutes uncovered5.5lb - 60 minutes covered in foil, 66 minutes uncovered6lb - 70 minutes covered in foil, 68 minutes uncovered6.5lb - 75 minutes covered in foil, 74 minutes uncoveredFOR KILOGRAMS - cook time (in minutes) = kg x 501.5kg - 40 minutes covered in foil, 35 minutes uncovered1.8kg - 45 minutes covered in foil, 45 minutes uncovered2kg - 50 minutes covered in foil, 50 minutes uncovered2.5kg - 65 minutes covered in foil, 60 minutes uncovered2.8kg - 70 minutes covered in foil, 70 minutes uncovered3kg - 75 minutes covered in foil, 75 minutes uncovered