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Roasted Air Fryer Turkey Breast (Bone-In or Boneless)

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This Air Fryer Roasted Turkey Breast is juicy and moist and so easy to make. Use bone-in or boneless turkey breast to make this beautiful golden roasted turkey in less than an hour. 

Air Fryer Roasted Turkey Breast on a cutting board

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Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving. It’s available year-round and is perfect for times when you get tired of simple roasted chicken. The turkey breast in the air fryer is perfect for the times you: 

  • Don’t want to turn on the oven to roast a small turkey breast. 
  • Don’t feel like taking the extra step of brining the turkey. 
  • Want to have a turkey on the table in less than an hour.
  • Love your Air Fryer so much that you make any and everything in it (this is me, this is me!)

This recipe works for bone-in or boneless turkey breast and requires no brining. 

How to cook a bone-in turkey breast in an air fryer

First, you want to make sure you have a fully defrosted turkey breast that will fit in your Air Fryer basket. Some of those bone-in breasts are huge and literally won’t fit in your everyday basket air fryer. I go for a breast that is 4lbs or less. I use my 5.3 Qt Air Fryer basket to cook my bone-in breast. 

Rub mayonnaise and seasonings all over the turkey breast. I also season under the skin.

Preheat your Air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. I lay my bone-in turkey breast on the side and cook for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, I open the air fryer basket and flip it and cook it for an additional 25 minutes. Your turkey breast is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a quick read thermometer.  

Allow your turkey breast to cool on a cutting board for a few 5-10 minutes before slicing.

Sliced Air fryer Turkey breast on cutting board

How to cook a 3lb Boneless Turkey Breast

My boneless turkey breast generally has a net around the meat. I like to keep the net on the meat so that the meat cooks together and slices better after cooking. If you choose to remove the net before cooking, your turkey breast will cook faster. 

Preheat your Air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Season your turkey breast. Air fry on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes. I find that my boneless breast takes a little longer than bone-in because of the way it is wrapped in the netting. Use a quick read thermometer to ensure the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Allow your turkey breast to cool on a cutting board for a few 5-10 minutes and remove the net before slicing.

Sliced boneless Air Fryer Turkey breast

NOTES

  • I use defrosted turkey breast so I can properly season it and have the seasonings stick to the meat. You can also choose to dry brine it and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. I usually just season and get to cooking. 
  • I choose mayonnaise to coat the breast because I like the taste and the golden color it gives my breast. You could opt for a reduced amount of oil instead. 
  • I like to use this turkey breast for meal prep for sandwiches and wraps for the week. 
  • If making the boneless breast, be careful when removing the netting. Some meat may stick to the netting when removing.

I hope you enjoy this Air Fryer Turkey Breast as much as we do. 

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Watch this full video tutorial and see how I make this turkey breast from start to finish.

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Air Fryer Turkey Breast (Bone-In or Boneless)

Make juicy and delicious turkey breast right in your Air Fryer. Use bone-in or boneless turkey breast to make the perfect golden turkey breast in your Air Fryer.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer turkey breast, bone-in turkey breast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 557.95kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

Bone-In Turkey Breast

Boneless Turkey Breast

Instructions

Bone-In Turkey Breast

  • Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Season turkey breast with mayonnaise, poultry seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Place turkey breast in the air fryer basket on its side. Cook on one side for 25 minutes, flip, cook on the other side for 25 minutes or until internal temperature has reached a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Boneless Turkey Breast

  • Preheat your Air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Season your boneless turkey breast with mayonnaise, poultry seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  • Air fry on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes or until internal temperature has reached a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Video

Notes

*Cook times will vary depending on the size of your turkey breast.
*I find that my boneless breast takes a little longer than bone-in because of the way it is wrapped in the netting.
*Use a quick read thermometer to ensure the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nutrition

Calories: 557.95kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.09g | Protein: 98.01g | Fat: 18.09g | Saturated Fat: 2.98g | Cholesterol: 250.82mg | Sodium: 1605.19mg | Potassium: 1097.69mg | Fiber: 0.11g | Sugar: 0.53g | Vitamin A: 117.04IU | Calcium: 73.46mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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Priya <3

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Hi, I really want to do this recipe, but my mom wants something juicy and wants to brine the turkey, is this recipe juicy as it would be when brining it or... do you the brining it would be better if your looking for juicy.

Tanya

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

Hi Priya, I find it juicy without brining but it wouldn't hurt to brine it if that's what you prefer.

Kathryn

Saturday 21st of November 2020

How long do you think it would take using the rotisserie? I have the instant vortex air fryer oven with the rotisserie open, so no basket just shelves or the rotisserie option.

Tanya

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Hi Kathryn, I would guess it would take about the same amount of time with the rotisserie. I've only used my rotisserie for whole chickens and the cooking time has always been the same as with the air fryer times.

Dick Bathurst

Sunday 15th of November 2020

Hi Tanya:

Great site I just located you doing some searching for Air Fryer recipes. I am new to Air Frying just purchased the Instant Pot Duo Crisp 8 quart unit. Only Cooking for my wife and I. We purchased frozen 6 pound turkey breast. Does it matter with your recipe where you say to place breast in airfryer basket can it be placed in the instant pot pot directly or do you need a basket to allow air to circulate around the breast. We purchased the instant pot duo so we can get the best of two worlds being able to pressure cook and Air fry with the same unit. Looking forward to receiving your Air Fry Recipes

Tanya

Monday 16th of November 2020

Yes, if you are going to just air fry it, you'll want to place it on the rack to get the circulation. If you were to choose to pressure cook it instead, you won't need the rack, you will need to add liquid, pressure cook it, and then crisp it after pressure cooking it. I don't have an 8qt but I couldn't fit a large turkey breast in my IP on a rack. I have a pressure cooker turkey breast that shows photos of how I pressure cooked a large breast. I just ended up adding it to the oven after pressure cooking. https://www.myforkinglife.com/instant-pot-turkey-breast/

June

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Thanks! I was looking for an air fryer recipe for a 4 lb turkey breast.

Tiffany Eckroth

Friday 13th of November 2020

What would you suggest for an oven-door Airfryer without a basket?

Tanya

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Hi Tiffany, I'd use the same method but it may just take a little longer to cook in an oven-door air fryer.

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