air fryer turkey breast

Air Fryer Turkey Breast Recipe

Achieving a tender and flavorful turkey breast doesn’t need to be reserved for grand occasions. Enter the Air Fryer Turkey Breast – a delightful dish boasting moist, juicy meat with a gorgeously bronzed exterior. What’s more? This method slashes cooking time, making it a perfect choice for any regular weeknight meal!

air fryer turkey breast

Air Fryer Turkey Breast:

While my go-to for hosting a large Thanksgiving feast has been the Dry Brine Turkey, I’ve discovered the ease and convenience of preparing a smaller turkey breast using this air fryer recipe. This method has been my trusty go-to for a few years now, offering the fastest and simplest way to cook up a delicious turkey breast.

What To Serve It With

Serve this delectable turkey breast alongside homemade stuffing, Baked Sweet Potatoes, and my favorite Cranberry Sauce for a wholesome and satisfying turkey dinner experience.


My enthusiasm for the air fryer is evident, and I’ve shared numerous air fryer recipes over time. Recently, a friend inquired about preparing turkey breast using the air fryer, prompting me to rush to the store in search of a suitable breast size that would fit snugly into the basket. Procuring a 4-pound bone-in breast, which is fairly average in size, proved to be an effortless task.

air fryer turkey breast

Helpful Tips:

  • For a 4 to 5-pound breast, ensure it comfortably fits within a 5-quart or larger air fryer. Before commencing, confirm that the height of the meat sits below the top of the basket.
  • Cooking time will fluctuate based on the breast’s size. To guarantee perfect cooking, I recommend using an Instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature.
  • If your breast is frozen, allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator for optimal results.


How To Carve a Turkey Breast

  • After cooking, allow the breast to rest on a carving board, tented loosely with foil for at least 15 minutes, allowing the flavorful juices to redistribute.
  • Using a large, sharp knife, glide the blade along the breastbone with long, even strokes. Alternatively, if using a serrated knife, employ a gentle sawing motion.
  • Follow the bone’s path all the way to the bottom of the board.
  • Gently maneuver the knife around to the front, connecting where the initial carving started at the top of the breastbone.
  • Carve down the ribs, tracing around and down to connect to the bottom of the initial breastbone cut.
  • Pull the meat away from the bone and slice. Repeat the same process on the other side.


Enjoy the succulent and beautifully cooked Air Fryer Turkey Breast, a testament to the ease and versatility of this cooking method, perfect for any day of the week.

air fryer turkey breast

Air Fryer Turkey Breast Recipe

Air Fryer Turkey Breast comes out so moist and juicy and perfectly cooked with a beautiful deep golden brown skin. And bonus, it cooks in a fraction of the time it would in the oven!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 226 kcal


  • 4 pound turkey breast on the bone with skin (ribs removed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry turkey or poultry seasoning I used Bell’s which has not salt


  • Rub 1/2 tablespoon of oil all over the turkey breast. Season both sides with salt and turkey seasoning then rub in the remaining half tablespoon of oil over the skin side.
  • Preheat the air fryer 350F and cook skin side down 20 minutes, turn over and cook until the internal temperature is 160F using an instant-read thermometer about 30 to 40 minutes more depending on the size of your breast. Let is rest 10 minutes before carving.
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