The Barefoot Contessa's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe

The Barefoot Contessa's Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe


  • 1 whole bone-in turkey breast (6½-7 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup dry white wine

Why do we only serve turkey on Thanksgiving? A whole turkey breast roasted with fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme is a great weeknight dinner and the leftovers make delicious sandwiches the next day. Roasting the turkey at 325 degrees and allowing it to rest for fifteen minutes ensures that it will be very moist.

Adapted from "Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?" by Ina Garten.


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the turkey breast on a rack in a roasting pan, skin side up.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture evenly all over the skin of the turkey breast. (You can also loosen the skin and smear half of the paste underneath, directly on the meat.) Pour the wine into the bottom of the roasting pan.

Roast the turkey for 1½  to 1 ¾ hours, until the skin is golden brown and an instant-read meat thermometer registers 165 degrees when inserted into the thickest and meatiest area of the breast. Check the breast after an hour or so; if the skin is overbrowning, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.

When the turkey is done, remove from the oven, cover the pan with aluminum foil, and allow the turkey to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Slice and serve warm with the pan juices.


Calories per serving:

655 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Protein, Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 188g 289%
  • Carbs 10g 3%
  • Saturated 47g 236%
  • Fiber 2g 9%
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 81g
  • Polyunsaturated 41g
  • Protein 498g 995%
  • Cholesterol 1,472mg 491%
  • Sodium 4,833mg 201%
  • Calcium 380mg 38%
  • Magnesium 585mg 146%
  • Potassium 6,433mg 184%
  • Iron 29mg 162%
  • Zinc 36mg 241%
  • Phosphorus 4,284mg 612%
  • Vitamin A 56µg 6%
  • Vitamin C 9mg 15%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 93%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 156%
  • Niacin (B3) 118mg 591%
  • Vitamin B6 11mg 556%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 176µg 44%
  • Vitamin B12 10µg 158%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 21%
  • Vitamin K 53µg 67%
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