Roasted Turkey Breast – Thanksgiving for a Few

Steph Wagner

November 10, 2014

Roasted Turkey Breast – Thanksgiving for a Few


If you don’t eat much, and you aren’t hosting a huge party this year….how to you make a traditional holiday meal that doesn’t overly fill your house with food?

Turkey breast. The answer is to make a turkey breast.

Roasted Turkey Breast


It’s perfect for getting the smells and tastes of the holidays, without needing to make the full on turkey.

I made this recipe as a practice round and we ate a few meals out of it (we = two of us….and not bariatric patients, so bigger servings!)

It’s simple to get together, fills your house with yummy smells, and provides everything you need for a protein packed and delicious holiday meal.

Tips for turkey breast: you’ll buy this in the freezer section and need to put in the refrigerator days before you need it to allow it to thaw! Set an alarm on your phone to remember to move it to the fridge! :) 

Roasted Turkey Breast

Roasted Turkey Breast - Thanksgiving for a Few

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Oven Baked
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 (2 lb) bone-in turkey breast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 small onion, cut into eighths
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh thyme


  • Preheat oven to 325F.
  • Combine 1 tbsp salt, minced thyme and lemon zest (save rest of lemon). Wash the turkey breast inside and out and drain it well, patting with paper towels to dry.
  • Sprinkle the salt mixture all over the skin of the turkey. Place in a roasting pan with rack. Cut lemon into 4 wedges and tuck inside turkey breast along with onion and thyme sprigs.
  • Bake for 45 minutes (leave plenty of time in case it needs longer). Check with a thermometer that the internal temperature reads 165F.
  • Slice turkey breast and serve.


*Serving sizes on the recipes are not necessarily "bariatric sized" portions but are "traditional" portion sizes.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Turkey Breast - Thanksgiving for a Few
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 873mg38%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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