Air Fryer Turkey Breast


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This air fryer turkey breast is extra juicy and tender and takes a fraction of the time if baked in the oven! 

air fryer turkey breast.

Have you tried cooking lean cuts of meat in the air fryer? When done correctly, it tastes absolutely amazing and cooks fast.

We’ve done chicken breastpork chops, and an entire chicken. Recently, we tried air frying a turkey breast, and honestly, I don’t think we’ll ever use an oven again!

Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to air fry turkey breast
  4. Air fryer turkey cooking time
  5. Tips to make the best recipe
  6. What to serve with turkey
  7. Storage instructions
  8. More air fryer recipes to try
  9. Frequently asked questions
  10. Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Why this recipe works

  • Extra juicy and tender. Using an air fryer ensures the meat is cooked perfectly every single time- no over-cooked bits!
  • Healthy. Turkey is one of the leanest meats out there. Because we use the air fryer instead of the oven, we skip adding butter or oil during the cooking process.
  • Festive. Cut the stress from Thanksgiving and Christmas by cooking this holiday staple in this magical kitchen gadget.

What I love most about this air fryer turkey breast recipe is that it is a much easier and more convenient option than a traditional roast turkey! Besides, the breast meat is always the best part!

Ingredients needed

If you are familiar with roasting poultry, then you’ll notice the ingredient list is almost identical. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Turkey breast. Choose a boneless turkey breast that has its skin intact. The skin will retain the juices, and you can discard it once the turkey is cooked.
  • Garlic. Chopped finely.
  • Salt and black pepper. To season.
  • Poultry seasoning. The secret ingredient that takes this meat to another level.
  • Fresh rosemary. Just a sprig of rosemary for a touch of flavor.
  • Butter. Melted. You can also use olive oil if you prefer.

Other cuts of turkey

While boneless turkey is preferred, bone-in turkey breast, turkey tenderloin, or even turkey drumsticks will work. 

How to air fry turkey breast

Cooking turkey breast in the air fryer may look impressive, but honestly, it’s such a foolproof method that you’ll never go back to oven roasting!

Step 1- Make the herb butter. Melt your butter and add it to a mixing bowl with garlic and rosemary. Whisk it up well till everything is thoroughly combined.

Step 2- Season the turkey. Take the remaining half of the butter mix prepared earlier and put on the turkey breast until it is covered. Season with salt and pepper before drizzling the remaining butter on top. Rub on the poultry seasoning so it sticks.

seasoned turkey breast.

Step 3- Air fry the turkey breast. Lay the turkey breast skin side down into the air fryer basket. Air fry at 180C/350F for 20-25 minutes. Once it reaches an internal temperature of 160F, it is cooked and ready to eat.

turkey breast in air fryer.

Step 4- Rest and serve. Once out of the air fryer, lay it on a serving plate and let it rest for 5 minutes before you begin carving.

air fried turkey breast.

Air fryer turkey cooking time

Turkey breasts come in different weights, so we’ve tested out the best cooking times depending on the size of the bird.

  • 1 pound breast meat: 17-20 minutes 
  • 2 pounds of breast meat: 30 minutes 
  • 3 pounds of breast meat: 45-50 minutes 

For every extra pound of turkey, add 8-10 minutes of extra time.

Of course, also use an instant-read thermometer to check the doneness of the meat. Turkey is safe to eat once it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Use fresh Turkey. Like anything, fresh turkey breast will turn out way better than a frozen one. If you only have a frozen turkey on hand, just be sure to thaw it completely then pat it dry with paper towel before seasoning it.
  • Let the mixture sit. If you let the melted butter and herb mixture sit for a while, the flavor of the herb really comes out. For this, 10 minutes should do the trick, but I sometimes keep it overnight, and let’s me just say, the flavor is incredible!
  • Use hands. Sure, it is a little bit messier, but trust me on this. Using your hands to rub the butter and seasonings on the turkey instead of utensils makes all the difference.

What to serve with turkey

Besides the classic stuffing or holiday side dishes, you can pair this turkey with almost anything. Here are some favorites:

Sauteed vegetables. Keep it simple with some asparagusbroccolini, or eggplant.

All the potatoes. I like to air fry some French friesbaked potato, or even a sweet potato at the same time as the turkey (it works!)l.

Hearty salads. Use the turkey as the main protein source and pair it with a riceorzo, or green goddess salad.

Grains and starches. Cook your favorite pasta or steam some rice.

Storage instructions

To store. Place leftovers in an airtight container before refrigerating it. It retains the juices and keeps them moist for 3-4 days. 

To freeze. Put the turkey breast slices in freezer bags, and after getting out all the air, you can freeze them for up to 6 months.

To reheat. When ready to consume again, just grease up the air fryer basket and put the turkey in till heated to desire.

boneless air fryer turkey breast.

More air fryer recipes to try

Frequently asked questions

How long does cooking a 3 lb turkey breast in the air fryer take?

A three pound turkey breast may take between 45 to 50 minutes to cook in the air fryer.

How long does it take to cook a turkey breast per pound?

It takes around 17 minutes to cook one pound of turkey breast in the air fryer.

Does this leave turkey drippings?

If you’d like to use the drippings to make gravy, add a thick layer of tin foil to the base of the air fryer.

air fryer turkey breast recipe.

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

4.87 from 15 votes
This air fryer turkey breast is extra juicy, and tender, and takes a fraction of the time if baked in the oven! 
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 17 minutes
Total: 21 minutes


  • 1 pound turkey breast skin on
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


  • Preheat the air fryer to 180C/350F.
  • Whisk the melted butter with the garlic and rosemary until combined. 
  • Rub half the butter mix all over the turkey, then season With salt and pepper. Drizzle with the remaining butter then rub the poultry seasoning all over.
  • Place the turkey breast, skin side down, into the air fryer basket. 
  • Cook the turkey for 17-20 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 160F. 
  • Let your turkey rest for 5 minutes, before slicing. 


TO STORE: Use foil or saran wrap to cover up turkey breast slices before refrigerating. It retains the juices and keeps them moist for up to 3 days.
TO FREEZE: Put the turkey breast slices in freezer-safe bags, and after getting out all the air, you can freeze them for up to 6 months.
TO REHEAT: When ready to consume again, just grease up the air fryer basket and put the turkey in till heated to desire.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 25gFat: 8gSodium: 570mgPotassium: 284mgFiber: 0.1gVitamin A: 212IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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