Perfectly Brined Roasted Turkey Breast





Yield 4-5 servings

The Perfectly Brined Roasted Turkey Breast is perfect for the Tiny Kitchen…no big, huge Turkey to deal with, just the most tender, juicy and flavorful Turkey you’ve ever had!  And if you’re having more than a handful of friends and family over, just make 2!  Prep it all the day before…and who knows, you might actually find time for a nap this Thanksgiving.  Zzzzzzzz!



- (1) 3 lb. Bone-In Turkey Breast: More Info Here

- (to taste) Olive oil: Available Here


- (2) quarts Water:

- (1/4) cup Kosher Salt: Available Here

- (1/4) cup Brown Sugar: Available Here

- (1) Orange: Available Here

- (2) cloves Garlic: Available Here

- (1/2) teaspoon Peppercorns: Available Here

- (1/2) teaspoon Dried Thyme: Available Here

- (2) Bay Leaves: Available Here

- (To taste) Pepper: Available Here


- Gallon Ziploc Storage Bag: Available Here

- Sharp Knife: Available Here

- Glass measuring cup: Available Here

- Measuring cups: Available Here

- Measuring spoons: Available Here

- Juicer (optional): Available Here

- Baking Pan: Available Here

- Basting Brush: Available Here


Create the Brine

  1. Heat up about 2 cups of water in the Microwave until it comes up to a boil.
  2. Add Kosher Salt, Brown Sugar, Peppercorns, Thyme, Bay Leaves to the water.
  3. Smash Garlic Cloves and add to the brining mixture.
  4. Slice off the rind of the orange and add to the brining mixture. Stir until the Salt and Brown Sugar dissolve. 
  5. Add the juice of the orange to the brining mixture.
  6. Let it cool to room temperature. (Note: if you have ice, it is better and quicker to add ice to speed cooling and make it colder than room temperature)

Brine the Turkey

  1. Place Turkey Breast in a Gallon-sized (or larger) sealable bag.
  2. Pour cooled brine over the Turkey Breast
  3. Top the bag off with water (about 2 quarts total of brining mixture and water)
  4. Let marinate in the refrigerator overnight (12-18 hours is great).

Cook the Turkey

  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. Rinse the brined Turkey Breast in cold water.
  3. Thoroughly dry it with a Paper Towel. This will help it crisp and brown the skin.
  4. Drizzle the Turkey with Olive Oil, using a Basting Brush to spread it around evenly.
  5. Season with Salt and Pepper.
  6. Place Turkey in preheated oven, and turn down the oven temperature to 350° Cook until the internal temperature reads 160°F
  7. Remove from oven and let the Turkey rest for about 20-30 minutes. Note: This will bring the temperature up 5-10° and the internal juices will redistribute, keeping the Turkey nice and juicy)


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Recipe by Tiny Kitchen Big Taste at