Air Fryer Turkey Breast

By ohioeggs  

November 9, 2022

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Air Fryer Turkey Breast by Ohio food blogger What Molly Made is juicy and flavorful with extra crispy skin. Use a whole, bone-in breast, or opt for a boneless turkey breast to feed a smaller crowd and save room in the oven.

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • 30 mins

    50 mins

    1 hrs 20 mins

  • Yields: 4 Servings



(1) 3-5 lb. bone in skin on turkey breast *see notes for boneless

1 lemon sliced into wheels

3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature

5 cloves garlic minced

2 teaspoons EACH: fresh chopped sage, rosemary, and thyme

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Recommended Equipment

Air Fryer (5-8 Quart)


Let the turkey sit at room temp for 30 mins. 10 minutes before you’re ready to cook, preheat the air fryer to 375°F for 5 minutes.

While it’s preheating, combine the butter, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Pat the turkey breast dry with a paper towel. Carefully loosen the skin from each piece of the breast meat and spoon 1/2 of the butter mixture evenly into both then spread it out evenly under the skin. Save the remaining butter for the top of the turkey.

Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray then place the lemon slices in an even layer at the bottom of the basket. Add the turkey breast, skin-side-down, on top of the lemon slices and air fry at 360°F for 20 minutes.

Carefully flip the turkey breast over and spread the remaining half of the butter mixture on top using a spatula. place it back in the air fryer and continue to cook for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temp of the thickest part of the breast reaches 165°F. Pause and check the turkey every 10 minutes to avoid burning. Flip the turkey breast to its side or cover with foil to avoid brown too much.

Carefully remove the turkey breast from the air fryer and place it on a cutting board or platter. Tent it with foil and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.

*A boneless turkey will most likely have a net around it holding it together. Keep the net on while it's cooking to hold it in place and follow the same directions to cover the bird in butter (you won't be able to put it under the skin). Cook the turkey breast for one hour, flipping every 15 minutes so the sides of the turkey breast brown and cooks evenly.

*Nutrition information is based on a 4 lb. turkey breast.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 Serving
Calories394 kcal
Sodium832 mg
Protein44.3 g
Cholesterol153.8 mg
Sugar1.7 g
Total Fat21.3 g
Total Carbohydrates6.2 g
Dietary Fiber0.5

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