Cajun Turkey breasts are a fuss-free alternative to a celebration bird when you are hosting a small get together.
Thanks to their large size, a turkey breast is enough to serve six to eight people and couldn’t be simpler to bake in the oven.
Easy to find and quick to prepare, this Baked Cajun Style Turkey Breast recipe promises crispy golden skin and juicy meat that everyone will enjoy. Plus, you can use any leftovers to make delicious turkey sandwiches for the following days – that’s a win in my book!
Turkey is known as a lean, high protein bird, and as the breast is all white meat it is particularly low in fat.
Cooking the breast with the skin on will give the mild-tasting turkey a bit of a boost as well as creating that delicious crispy outer layer. If you can find one, a bone-in breast will help to keep the meat moist and add some extra flavor, but this recipe will work just as well with a boneless turkey breast.
You should be able to find them easy enough at any grocery store meat counter or local butcher.
How Do I Know When My Baked Turkey Breast Is Cooked?
You will know your Baked Turkey Breast is done when you cut into it and the juices run clear. If you have a meat thermometer, you can insert it into the thickest part of the breast, making sure not to touch the bone, if there’s one. If the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees then your turkey breast is done.
Why Is My Baked Turkey Breast Dry?
There are two common causes for turkey breasts that are a little on the dry side.
First off is overcooking the meat. Turkey breasts cook a lot quicker than the whole bird, and the first time you try them it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on the time.
When it comes to poultry especially, people can sometimes overcook the meat to err on the side of caution. That’s why it’s highly recommended to use a meat thermometer, so you can be confident that your turkey is fully cooked and safe to eat.
Another common reason for a dry turkey breast is not allowing it enough time to rest. The resting process allows the cooking juices to redistribute themselves throughout the meat, helping it to retain moisture.
If you cut straight into it or don’t let it rest for long enough, you will lose all those juices as soon as you cut into it.
What Should I Serve With Baked Turkey Breast?
Thanks to its mild flavor, this Cajun Turkey Breast works well with a number of side dishes. However, you can’t go wrong with a classic combination – collard greens, candied yams, mashed potatoes or glazed vegetables are all wonderful additions to this celebratory dish.
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Cajun Style Turkey Breast Recipe
- 3 Lb. Boneless Turkey Breast
- ½ Stick Unsalted Butter
- 1 Tsp. Salt Or To Taste
- 1 Tsp. Ground Pepper
- 1 ½ Tsp. Cajun Seasoning Or Creole Seasoning
- 2 Tsp. Paprika
- 2 Tsp. Cumin
- 2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Coat a baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Set aside.Clean and pat dry the turkey breast. Place the butter, garlic, and remaining seasoning in a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Loosen the skin of the turkey breast. Spread half of the butter mixture underneath the skin of the turkey, and spread the other half of the butter on top of the turkey breast and underneath.
- Place the turkey in the coated baking dish. Bake (uncovered) for 15-20 minutes or until skin has just started to brown.Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting occasionally with pan juices. Be sure to set the timer to avoid overcooking.Check the temperature of the turkey by inserting a thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Remove the turkey out of the oven as soon as the thermometer reads least 160 degrees.Cover the turkey lightly with foil and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, or until thermometer registers at least 165 degrees.
- Garnish with fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme. Serve.