Air Fryer Turkey Breast

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!

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!
Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Gravy is my go-to when I want a Thanksgiving meal without the fuss! But I wanted to make a quick breast so I can test some new turkey leftover recipes. Some favorites from the archives are this Leftover Turkey Harvest Cobb Salad, or this Leftover Turkey Sweet Potato Fritatta, to name a few.

Turkey Breast made in the air fryer.

I love my air fryer, and have been sharing tons of air fryer recipes with you for quite some time. You may even know I even came out with the Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook (affil link) this past May!

A friend recently asked if you can make turkey breast in the air fryer, so of course I ran out to the store, and looked for a small enough breast that would fit in the basket. It wasn’t hard to find, this was made with a 4 pound bone-in breast which was pretty average in size.

Tips:

  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, a 4 to 5 pound breast should fit fine in a 5 quart or larger air fryer. Just be sure the height of the meat is below the top of basket before you start.
  • Time will vary depending on the size of your breast, to be sure it’s cooked perfect I recommend using an Instant read thermometer to test the internal temperature.
  • If your breast is frozen, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator.

How To Carve a Turkey Breast

  • Allow the cooked breast to rest on a carving board for at least 15 minutes under foil loosely tented to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • With a large sharp knife, run the knife along side of the breast bone using long even strokes.  If you are using a serrated knife use a sawing motion.
  • Follow the bone all the way toward the bottom of the board.
  • Bring your knife around to the front and connect where you started carving at the top of the breast bone.
  • Cut down the ribs. Follow it around and down to the bottom to connect to the bottom of the first breast bone cut.
  • Pull the meat away from the bone and slice. Repeat the same on the other side.

How To Make a Turkey Breast in the Air Fryer

Roasting a turkey breast in the air fryer yields perfectly cooked, moist and juicy meat on the inside with a beautiful deep golden brown skin.

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Air Fryer Turkey Breast

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226 Cals 32.5 Protein Carbs 10 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 10 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Video

Notes

Without the skin the smart points will be 0.

Nutrition

Serving: 4ounces, Calories: 226kcal, Protein: 32.5g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 84mg, Sodium: 296mg
Blue Smart Points: 4
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 5
Points +: 4
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123 comments

  1. Pardon my ignorance, but the recipe I see lists 2 tsp kosher. May I assume this is referring to kosher salt? I enjoy your recipes very much.

  2. Really simple and so delicious. I had one piece and had to have another. Just awesome taste and texture.

  3. This is the best turkey breast recipe I have ever had and made. It is absolutely delicious!!! I highly recommend it.

  4. This was OUTRAGEOUSLY good. I didn’t have poultry seasoning, so I used salt, coarse-ground pepper, and Old Bay. For those of you asking about the 3-lb Butterball breast roasts, that is what I used. I took the cook temp up to 375 and did 40 minutes on each side. It got golden and crispy (that skin…WOW) on the outside, and the inside was sooooo moist. This was easily the best turkey I’ve ever had.  The Old Bay was a really good move. I’ll try other seasonings in the future. Definitely making turkey more often from now on.  This is a great way to do it. 

    • I made a 3# breast turkey in the air fryer 20 and 25 minutes, it came out a little dry, next time I will do it in less time each side, before I made a bigger size and it came very moist, which I liked it, and also I made a whole turkey in the toaster oven and I follow somebody’s instructions to make a crispy turkey at 450* fir the first 30 minutes and also came very dry, I don’t advice to do it.

  5. Made this for Thanksgiving. 5.29 lbs. Completely thawed. Came out beautifully! Prettiest one I’ve ever cooked. HOWEVER, it was very tough. Followed the directions exactly. Had the same problems with some large chicken wings I cooked a few weeks ago. I will save my air fryer for simple things from now on!

  6. Thanks! I was given a small turkey this year. I hadn’t planned on cooking and didn’t want to even with a turkey. Then I thought, hmmm air-fryer. It came out great. I’m still shocked at how moist it is.

    Thank goodness I’m not at my mom’s. She prefers dry turkey. Lol I like it moist. This article really helped.

  7. I also have a breville smart oven and am wondering the same thing. I’m thinking of putting it in a shallow pan to get the juices for gravy and not mess up the oven.

  8. Can I use this method in a normal oven? 

  9. I bought a 7 3/4 pound turkey breast? I checked it out to see if it would fit in my NUWAVE AIR FRYER and it fits snug. Should I use the air fryer or should I cook it in conventional oven?

  10. Hi Gina………………. What brand of air fryer do you use? I want one but have no idea which one to buy!

    Thank you!

  11. I have a mini air fryer which, for on or two people is incredible!  I cooked a 1.5 lb breast and it was wonderful.  

    • Going to make this today. Two quick questions:
      Why are the blue SP lower than green or purple? 
      If I only eat the meat, no skin, would it be 0 SP on the purple plan?

  12. I was looking for a low sodium method to cook turkey breast in my air fryer

  13. I do not have an air fryer, but my toaster oven has a convection bake setting (which from what I read is the same heating mechanism as an air fryer). Would instructions need to be altered for using the toaster oven?

    • I know the process would be the same. My concern would be the size of your toaster oven. Since it’s small, you’ll need to watch it carefully. Seems like the toaster oven can burn the tops of items faster than the air fryer. I think it has to do with the location and intensity of the heating element.

  14. I have a 3 pound butterball boneless breast, how long should I air fryer it for and do I leave the webbing on like some other sites suggest?

  15. This was the best turkey ever. I did however brine the turkey for two hours before cooking. Thanks!

  16. By far the best thing to come out of my Ninja Foodi

  17. I recommend using sea salt rather than kosher in this case because it adheres better to the meat. When I used kosher salt, it flaked into the bottom of the air fryer along with traces of oil, and I had a nasty burnt smell overpowering the roast turkey aroma.

  18. Fantastic recipe! I️ have made it several times with different seasonings. Always a hit with my family. Thank you, Gina!

  19. What temperature do you put the Air Fryer on during the whole process. I want to do it and would like to have a recipe or maybe a list of seasonings that’s okay to use on your turkey breast and acceptable for the air fryer.

  20. We made this on a whim because it rained & my husband wasn’t able to use his smoker. It was so easy & so delicious! Moist & flavorful, & start to finish was ready to eat in about an hour. I don’t think we’ll ever cook turkey breast any other way. So happy it rained so we could discover another winning recipe. Thank you, Gina! 

  21. I am always looking for new recipes on skinnytaste and I am so glad I tried this one! I followed the recipe exactly and the turkey was crisp on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside. Thank you for this recipe!! We will be making again for sure.

  22. I bought the butterball turkey tenderloins, they are smaller than the bone in breast. How long do you suggest those cook for in the air fryer? Thanks!! 

  23. Waiting for my air fryer in the mail to try this recipe and so excited! Just wondering do you make a gravy to go with this or eat as is?

  24. This turned out so delicious! Used Smart Balance margarine.

  25. My turkey is 2.75 boneless. Can you recommend cooking time in air fryer for this please?

  26. Tried this recipe today (Thanksgiving Day). Mine looked just like the photo and the taste was amazing. My grandson said it was the best he’s had. Will make again!

  27. Amazing. Beautifully browned and juicy and tender. Turkey breast was perfect. Mine was 5.5 pounds and it fit the fryer ok. I did Skinny Taste other turkey recipe suggestion of a dry brine a few days before too. I cooked it for 20 minutes flip and then 30 minutes and it was done just fine even being a bit bigger. Wondering if the calorie count is with skin? I ate it without.

  28. I have cooked turkey every way possible, until today! I made the air fried breast and the first bite my husband took he said, we’re never cooking turkey any other way.  Amazing!  Thank you GINA and Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  29. Gina – I am cooking a 3.2 lb. dry rub brined boneless turkey breast. I have tied it into a tight ball and it is in the fridge til tomorrow. I planned to untie it, rub it with parsley/butter and cook it. My QUESTION is:
    Do I need to tie it up again t cook in the Air Fryer?

    I hope you get back to me before I screw things up too badly.
    Thanks,
    Shelley

  30. The instructions say 350°, but the video shows the temp at 380°.  Which is the right one?  😉

  31. Will this same recipe work for just a Butterball turkey breast roast? No bone? Same heat for same amount of time? Thanks so much!

  32. Hi what brand of air fryer did u use in video? Im looking to buy one.

  33. loved this. Will definitely make again and again. 

  34. Can this be made with a turkey breast roast?

  35. Could this be done with a brine?

  36. Had this for dinner tonight and it was SO GOOD! So easy, too. My husband and I ate it standing up in the kitchen. I love every recipe I’ve tried of yours!

  37. I have the air fryer with a rotisserie. Has anyone tried this?

  38. Did you remove the ribs yourself because I’m not able to find a bone in breast without ribs? And thank you for all your recipes! I have all your cookbooks, I follow you on Instagram, enjoy your emails and recommend you to everyone I know. Recipes are always a success!!!! Trish

  39. How many minutes per pound? Thank you

  40. This came out amazing! I left the ribs on because I’m lazy. My husband kept commenting on how crispy the skin was! Minimal effort with high reward. Will definitely make again!

  41. Can you cook this in a smaller fryer? I don’t have a 5.8, maybe a 3.

  42. Can this be done in my convection oven and get the same result?

  43. do the ribs have to be removed or can you cook turkey with the ribs

  44. Thanks for the recipe, it came out beautiful, tasty and juicy.

  45. This was my first time making a turkey breast in my air fryer, and I was a little sceptical, but it came out perfect! It was boneless, so it took less time, I cooked it for 20 minutes each side, and it was juicy and delicious! This will be my go to way to cook a turkey breast from now on!

    • Quick question…did you cook at same temperature? I am considering buying a fryer and doing this for Thanksgiving but I have the turkey breast roasts-no bone. Please advise. Thanks so much!

  46. I started cooking mine in the instapot and then transferred to the air fryer to crisp it. It cut down on the cooking time immensely.

  47. Can you make a chile relleno in an air fryer?

  48. Hello, and thank you for such great recipes, and including the WW points on them.

    I received a Breville Smart Oven for Christmas, and it has an air fryer setting, can I use that for making this? Or do I need a specific air fryer?

    Thank you in advance!

  49. This is amazing! I used a 2.75 Jenny-O bagged turkey breast. Was already seasoned. 20 minutes, flipped and 20 more minutes and it was perfect! Never making a turkey in the oven again. This is so moist and juicy! Happy New Year from Phoenix!

    • Patty, was your turkey breast boneless? I have a boneless one that I wanted to try using but I just wanted some feed back before giving it a go!

    • I am planning to cook the same Jenny O turkey breast in my airfryer tomorrow but was wondering what setting you used? I have a NuWave and have only used it a couple of times so I’m not too familiar with it yet. It has a 600, 900 and 1500 watt setting and have no idea which to use. 

  50. Cooked this tonight and it was incredible. Crispy skin and moist meat, tasted more like chicken than anything. Yum.

  51. Made this and also one that I traditionally do in the crock pot. This was the crowd favorite! The bones were picked clean. Only wish I could have done a bigger one. Will definitely be using this recipe and my air fryer for many more wonderful turkey breast dinners. I sprayed the turkey beast with Pam and seasoned it with Weber Chicago Steak seasoning – it was succulent. Crispy skin and moist juicy meat!.

  52. I made yesterday with Boneless Breast. It works! Just keep checking the temp., as Gina directs in the instructions. It cooks a bit quicker. This recipe is goign one our rotation. Delicious and easy! 

  53. What changes to temp or time would you make to a 2 pound boneless turkey breast?

  54. This was so good! I bought an air fryer just to try it. Now I’d like to learn how to make a chicken in the air fryer.

  55. I’d also like t know if you can use a boneless turkey breast

  56. I am having trouble finding a bone in turkey breast with ribs removed.  Anyone have a luck?  I live in Charlotte, NC so have most grocery options. Thank you.

  57. I have already purchased a Butter Ball Boneless roast. Will this recipe work with what I already have? Thanks!

  58. What air fryer do you use?

  59. Any idea on the price range for your Skinnytaste Air Fryer that comes out in March?  Is there a website where we can get more info?  Or is it too early for that?

  60. I have a boneless turkey breast, do you think I could cook this in my air fryer?

  61. I want an air fryer….but I’m waiting for yours to be released. Love your recipes.

  62. I thought turkey breast was zero points If you eat it without skin. Are you eating the skin to get your 4 point value? Please help!

  63. I have made a turkey breast in my air fryer for the last 2 years .  It is just like Gina says! Very crispy and moist!  Love skinny taste!  Try baked potato’s too just like those crispy ones at the restaurant!

  64. I don’t have an air fryer, but I do have a NuWave Infrared Oven. Have you ever used one of those? Admittedly, I haven’t used mine much, but my mom uses hers a lot and gets good results.

  65. This sounds delicious and I have put a turkey breast on my shopping list for today! I’m cooking for just my husband and me, so would probably cut a turkey breast in half and freeze one half for later. Would you recommend any change in cook time doing half of the breast instead of the whole thing? I”m a bit new to this air fryer thing so haven’t done a lot of experimenting yet.

    • I suggest using the thermometer to see the internal temp every 10 minutes. The only way to know if it’s fully cooked inside.

  66. My husband cooks the smaller tenderloin pieces in the air fryer and they are great!  We use the spray on olive oil (uses less oil) and cook for 18-20 minutes. We have this a couple of times per month and love them!!  

  67. Hey Gina! Will you be taking preorders for your air fryer

  68. Ok I need it to be March like right now -so I can buy your air Fryer. This looks amazing.

  69. What kind of air fryer do you use now? I’m considering getting one.

  70. So are you getting crispy skin like in frying or is it more like roasted turkey? BTW, I love your Blog! I don’t always comment but I read it!

  71. Could you share the brand of your air fryer?  Not as a recommendation , but as a reference. I’m having a hard time finding one over 4 quart. Thanks. Paulette

  72. If I use a frozen turkey, I am assuming I have to let  it thaw out first.  Not sure what you mean by using a cooked turkey??

  73. When you say skin side down, do you mean the breast side down?

  74. Can u make this with boneless turkey breasts? And how would I adjust the recipe?

  75. I wonder how this would work in my convection oven. Any thoughts? We never have leftover turkey to make a sandwich as we are guests at a family members home. So I thought this year I would make a turkey breast for my husband and I to have for sandwiches and maybe some soup.. Thanks for any perspective you can offer.

  76. Can you recommend the airfryer that you used.

    • I have the Emeril Lagasse Power Air Fryer 360 n I love it it’s a Air Fryer plus oven nine functions all together you don’t have to flip your food large enough while cooking it Cooks both sides in the basket