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Directions for Cooking a Turkey Breast in a Convection Oven

Directions for Cooking a Turkey Breast in a Convection Oven
Cooked turkey breast on a plate. Photo Credit: gbh007/iStock/Getty Images

A turkey breast cooked in a convection oven develops a crisp skin that helps seal in juices, so the meat stays moist as it roasts to perfect tenderness. Convection cooking speeds up the roasting process by circulating heated oven air around the food with a simple fan in the back of the oven. The moving air eliminates hot spots and cooks the food evenly. You’ll achieve the best browning if the turkey is on a meat rack in the roasting pan so the sides of the meat receive the circulating air. It’s also a good idea to position the oven rack so the top of the breast is near the center of the oven. This placement allows more air flow over the turkey rather than under the pan.

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Step 1

Spray the roasting pan and meat rack with cooking spray. If the turkey breast is whole with the bone in, mix together olive oil or softened butter with salt and pepper and your choice of herbs such as rosemary, tarragon, thyme or sage. Lift the turkey skin and rub the herbed oil or butter over the meat, then replace the skin.

Step 2

Untie the string netting on a boneless rolled turkey breast to fill it with your favorite traditional stuffing or with a pesto filling, if desired, then re-roll the meat and tie it with new butcher’s twine.

Step 3

Place the seasoned or filled turkey on the meat rack with the skin side up. If your oven is equipped with a temperature probe, insert it into the thickest part of the turkey.

Step 4

Roast the turkey at 325 degrees Fahrenheit until the internal temperature is 165 F on the probe or on an instant-read thermometer. A 3-pound breast requires about 90 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the turkey from the oven and cover it with an aluminum foil tent. Allow it to rest 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

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