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Make the BEST Roasted Turkey Breast in the air fryer! Perfectly cooked, juicy, flavorful boneless turkey breast with crispy golden brown skin is a holiday masterpiece. As a bonus, it’s easy enough to make for a weeknight meal.
The magic of the air fryer shines through on this recipe. Just like my Air Fryer Baked Potatoes and Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes, simple recipes are turned into something amazing with air frying!
Let’s get straight to the point. Cooking a turkey can be a little intimidating. We’ve all had that less than appealing slice of holiday bird before, but now, there’s a new game in town.
Beautifully Roasted Turkey Breast made in the air fryer is the best way to cook turkey. This no-fail method of cooking produces the juiciest meat while making the skin crispy and crunchy.
Benefits of Air Frying A Turkey Breast
- The turkey breast cooks evenly thanks to the circulation of hot air.
- Air Frying frees up valuable oven space during holiday cooking.
- The skin gets golden brown and is totally delicious!
- Clean up is easy since the basket of the air fryer can go into the dishwasher.
What You Need To Make This Recipe
You can use any kind of air fryer to make this recipe. I use a Power XL Air Fryer, and it has performed beautifully for over a year.
Boneless Turkey Breasts
Montreal Seasoning – you can make your own using my homemade recipe.
Pro Tip: make sure to use KOSHER SALT for the best flavor. Table or iodized with give an overly seasoned salty taste.
How To Prep And Cook The Turkey Breast
Most boneless turkey breasts come wrapped in elastic netting. You can certainly cook the breast in the netting, but I prefer to remove it.
Gently, cut the netting from the turkey breasts and lay the meat on a cutting board. Lightly drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle on salt and Montreal seasoning. Pull the skin around the turkey breast and secure it with a toothpick.
Preheat the air fryer at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Place the prepared turkey breast skin side down and roast at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Turn and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes until skin is crispy and internal temperature registers 160.
Remove the turkey breast from the air fryer, tent with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before carving. Carryover cooking will continue with the internal temperature rising to 165 degrees.
Pro Tip: it’s important to let the roasted turkey rest under a foil tent for at least 10 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to be absorbed into the meat.
How Do You Carve A Turkey Breast?
Carving a turkey breast is very easy, especially since there’s no bone to work around.
After the roasted turkey has rested, using a sharp knife, cut smooth slices, against the grain of the meat. Drizzle with any leftover drippings and serve. It’s that easy!
What To Serve With Air Fryer Roasted Turkey Breast
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Skillet Green Beans
- Twice Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Butternut Squash With Bacon
- Carrot Apple Salad
- Cranberry Orange Sauce
- 1 3-4 pound Boneless turkey breast
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Montreal Seasoning
- ½ teaspoon – or to taste Kosher Salt
- Preheat the air fryer at 350 for 5 minutes.
- Remove the turkey breast from the mesh netting and place it on a cutting board. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle Montreal seasoning and salt on both sides of the turkey breast. Pull skin around the turkey breast and secure with a toothpick.
- Place turkey breast, skin side down, in the air fryer. Roast at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Turn and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes until skin is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees.
- Remove turkey breast from the air fryer and place on a clean cutting board. Lightly cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. ***Carryover cooking will happen, and the internal temperature will rise to 165 degrees.
- Slice turkey across the grain and place on a serving platter. Drizzle with drippings from the bottom of the air fryer and serve.
Want To Know More About Air Frying?
If you are new to cooking with an Air Fryer or just don’t know where to start, I’ve got something to help. I’ve put together a helpful guide with tips and recipes to get you using the Air Fryer like a pro!
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Can you airfry a frozen boneless turkey roast?
Thank you so much for your interest in this recipe, I think you’re really going to like it! I recommend defrosting the turkey before you air fry it, the cook time in this recipe doesn’t account for any time it would take the turkey to reach room temperature. I hope this is helpful, let me know how everything turns out if you do give this recipe a try, I’d love to hear what you think!
I made this for dinner this evening and WOW!!! It is by far the best air fryer turkey breast I’ve made. The Montreal seasoning is excellent with the turkey. I will be making this again and again!!! Your recipes are the best, Donya!!!
Hey there Rebecca!
Oh my goodness, reading this has made my day! I am so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed this recipe as well as the Montreal seasoning recipe, honestly I love using the Air Fryer for dinner just for the sake of convenience. Thank you so much for your kind words and for this phenomenal rating! If you enjoyed this recipe, you should check out my Air Fryer Salmon recipe, it’s just as delicious and easy to make. Thank you for your support!
I have a 9# turkey breast with bone-in. Could I air-fry that ? And for how long?
Hey there Marilou!
That’s a really good question, thank you for your interest in this recipe! You can absolutely Air Fry a #9 Turkey breast bone-in, the biggest thing you’ll want to remember is that you need the internal temp to read 160 degrees. I would recommend Air Frying for 25 minutes, then flip and Air Fry for another 20-25 minutes on the other side. If the internal temperature isn’t 160 yet, then flip back to original side for 5 minutes, and flip again for another 5 minutes; repeat this process until it’s cooked. I hope this helps, let me know how it turns out!
Would bacon drippings be ok instead of oil?
Hey there Baltisraul!
Thank you for your interest in this recipe! Yes I think that bacon drippings would work well instead of oil, it would give the Turkey a nice smokey bacon flavor. I hope you enjoy, let me know how it turns out!