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One Dish Turkey and Stuffing

If you’re having a small gathering for the holidays, this One Dish Turkey and Stuffing is a great dinner option. This will serve 4 adults (or a family of 6 with kids) comfortably.

If you’re hosting a small gathering of people for Christmas dinner and don’t want to roast a full turkey, why not just roast a turkey breast? And even better, turkey and stuffing all in one dish. This One Dish Turkey and Stuffing is delicious and very easy.

a top down image of a pan with a roasted and sliced turkey breast sitting on a bed of stuffing

  • QUICK + EASY – This dish is easy to assemble and is ready in less than 2 hours.
  • GREAT FOR SMALL GATHERINGS – Have a full turkey dinner without having to roast a large turkey.
  • PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Great for Thanksgiving or Christmas!
a close up top down image of a pan with a roasted and sliced turkey breast sitting on a bed of stuffing

Turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

You don’t need to roast a whole turkey to create a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings! If you’re having a small group for dinner, you can roast a smaller cut of turkey, like a turkey breast. A smaller cut also means less dinner making stress! Then to make it even easier (and more delicious), roast the turkey breast in the same dish on a bed of homemade stuffing.

a top down image of a pan with a roasted and sliced turkey breast sitting on a bed of stuffing. fresh herbs sit on the turkey

Making the stuffing.

We like our stuffing made with smaller chunks of bread. The smaller cubes make for a softer textured stuffing that we love. But this is a personal preference, you can make the bread cubes for your stuffing bigger if you prefer. Now talking about the bread, I make stuffing a couple different ways, but the bread we like the most is a dried fruit bread…when using a bread like this there is no need to add extra dried fruit like raisins to the stuffing. This type of bread is also great because the dried fruit is baked right into the bread, not floating around the stuffing (I don’t love that). But you can use any type of bread that you like (see tips below).

a top down close up image of a pan with a roasted and sliced turkey breast sitting on a bed of stuffing. fresh herbs sit on the turkey

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Turkey: Use a bone-in turkey breast (approximately 2 1/2 lbs) with the skin on. This will feed 4 adults comfortably, or a couple of adults and a few kids.
  • Bread for Stuffing: You can use any type of bread for stuffing: dried fruit bread, whole wheat bread, white bread, sourdough bread, brioche, French bread, a mixture of different types of bread. The possibilities are endless.
  • Size of bread cubes: This is a personal preference. If you like softer, more moist stuffing, I would recommend smaller cubes. If you prefer more crunchy stuffing, use larger cubes of bread.
  • Why is there broth in the stuffing? I always add broth to my stuffing because we like our stuffing moist. But again, this is a personal preference. If you prefer it more crunchy, add less (or no broth).
  • Baking Tip! I like to stir the stuffing around a few times while the turkey/stuffing bakes. This just ensures even baking.
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One Dish Turkey and Stuffing

If you’re having a small gathering for the holidays, this One Dish Turkey and Stuffing is a great dinner option. This will serve 4 adults (or a family of 6 with kids) comfortably.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 – 5 1x
  • Category: Turkey
  • Method: Roasting

Ingredients

Units Scale

Turkey:

  • 1 (2 1/2 lb) turkey breast, bone in, skin on
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Stuffing:

  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 8 cups of dried cubed bread (see tips)
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Instructions

Stuffing:

  1. In a large deep skillet, over low-medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the chopped celery and onions and cook until tender.
  3. Add the bread cubes, and mix until the bread is coated in butter.
  4. Add salt, sage, and thyme. Mix well.
  5. If you find that your stuffing is too dry at this point, add some chicken broth until it’s how you want it. Sometimes I have to add up to one cup.
  6. Add the stuffing to the bottom of a large baking pan (I use a 9×13 enamel pan).

Turkey:

  1. Season the turkey breast with the thyme, rosemary, sage, salt and pepper. 

Putting it all together:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the seasoned turkey breast on top of the stuffing.
  3. Cover with tin foil and bake for 1 hour.
  4. TIP! I like to stir the stuffing around a few times during baking.
  5. After this time, uncover and bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the turkey breast measures 165 degrees.
  6. When the turkey is done, remove from heat and let rest under tin foil for about 5 minutes.

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