Executive Chef David Bakker’s Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe

How to Roast the Perfect Turkey Breast

Looking for a simple, yet delicious recipe for juicy turkey breasts? Deerhurst Resort’s Executive Chef David Bakker is sharing his personal favourite – and just in time for the holidays!

Roasted Turkey Breast

What You Need:

  • 6lbs turkey breast, boneless, skin on, wing bones reserved
  • 60 ml vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 60 ml of butter

Natural Pan Jus:

  • Turkey wing, bones, neck, giblets and trimmings (from 2 turkeys)
  • 60 ml vegetable oil
  • 420 g onion, peeled, coarsely diced
  • 200 g carrot, peeled, coarsely diced
  • 200 g celery, cleaned, coarsely diced
  • 1 each orange and lemon, rind only
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 4 pcs bay leaves
  • 10 pcs parsley stems
  • 60 g tomato paste
  • 500 ml red wine
  • 4 L chicken stock
  • 4 tsp cornstarch


Turkey Breast:

  1. Rub the vegetable oil evenly over the skin and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the turkey breast in a pre-heated oven at 250F. Cook the turkey breast to an internal temperature of 150F. Turn the oven up to 400F, brush the butter all over the breast and cook for another 10 minutes or until skin is golden brown.

Natural Pan Jus:

  1. Place a pan on the heat and let it pre heat to medium high heat.
  2. In the vegetable oil, sear the turkey wing bones, neck, giblets, bones and any turkey trimming.
  3. Add onion, carrot and celery to the bones and sear until all is caramelized.
  4. Add the orange and lemon rind, thyme, leaves, parsley stems and the tomato paste, cook for approx. 1 minute. Add the red wine and reduce until all is absorbed.
  5. Add the Chicken Stock and simmer for 2 hours or until reduced by half. To achieve desired thickness, mix the cornstarch with a little water and whisk in to the boiling turkey jus.

Serve and enjoy!

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Posted December 1, 2017 by Ainsley Theis.