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Thanksgiving for two: Garlic and herb turkey breast

  • Author: Mansee
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 1x


A great way to make turkey for a small crowd. This turkey breast is slathered in a delicious garlic-herb butter and roasted on a bed of onions. Use extra butter for rolls and caramelize the onions for this easy side dish!


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 1/4 cup minced herbs (I used a mix of thyme, rosemary, parsley and sage)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 split turkey breast (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 turkey drumsticks (optional)
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 package rolls/biscuits (or use your fave recipe!)


  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Combine 4 tablespoons softened butter, 3 minced garlic cloves, 1/4 cup minced herbs, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Use a fork to mash everything together until very well combined. Remove 2 tablespoons and put in another bowl to use for rolls. Set both aside.
  3. Arrange 1 large thinly sliced onion in a cast iron pan or baking sheet. 
  4. Place turkey on onions. Use fingers to carefully loosen skin from meat to form a little pocket. Season turkey all over with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
  5. Spread butter mixture (minus the 2 tablespoons you saved earlier!) all over turkey, including directly on the meat - that's what the little pocket was for. Don't worry if the butter doesn't spread evenly, little butter and herb pockets are great. Lift up turkey and put a few dabs under the meat and on the onions.
  6. Drizzle the entire pan with 4 teaspoons oil, with half on turkey and half on any onions that aren't covered by turkey.
  7. Place in oven and immediately reduce heat to 400. Roast for 35-45 minutes, until meat is fully cooked (165 degrees).
  8. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before carving. Serve onions alongside turkey, or use for this kale side dish!

Garlic-herb rolls:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 (or according to package or whatever recipe you're using)
  2. Arrange dough on baking sheet.
  3. Melt reserved 2 tablespoons garlic-herb butter and brush most on biscuits/roll dough.
  4. Bake according to package/recipe directions. Drizzle remaining garlic-herb butter as soon as you remove from the oven!


  • If you aren't going to use the garlic-herb butter for rolls, you can use 3 tablespoons butter, 2 garlic cloves and a little less herbs. Or use the whole amount for the turkey - it will be extra delicious!