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Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast

This savoury Herb Marinated Turkey Breast is slow roasted, resulting in tender and juicy turkey.  An easy and delicious recipe that is perfect for your holiday dinner!

I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast recipe, and was compensated for my time, but the recipe, pictures, all thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.  Turkey is delicious!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to put together the dinner menu!  I like to put together my meal plans a few weeks ahead of time so I don’t feel rushed once Thanksgiving arrives.  And I also like knowing what I’m going to be making so I have time to gather recipes and the ingredients well ahead of time.  The first thing I think about when I’m putting together my menu, is the turkey!

Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast

Once I have my turkey recipe picked everything else just falls into place!  There are so many ways to cook turkey for the holidays, whether it be a traditional roasted turkey with gravy, a stuffed turkey breast roll or even a roasted turkey breast, like this herb marinated recipe I’m sharing today.  Depending on the size of your gathering, the ideas are limitless!

Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast

Planning for Turkey Leftovers

Over the last couple of years our gatherings have been a little smaller, with just the 5 of us, and I have found that I really enjoy roasting a turkey breast.  Turkey breasts are the perfect size for my family, they’re easy to make and they’re quick!  Sometimes I’ll even make 2 so that I can use one for leftovers…I mean, what’s Thanksgiving without a hot turkey sandwich with gravy at 10 o’clock at night?!  😉  Or you can use the leftovers in recipes like Baked Turkey Cheddar Pull-Apart Sliders, Turkey and Rice Soup, Turkey Pot Pie, or even a Hot Turkey Buffalo Dip.  Leftovers are meal time savers!

Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast

So if you’re looking for something a little different, yet traditional this Thanksgiving, consider making this Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast.  A tender and juicy turkey breast with the nostalgic flavours of rosemary and thyme.

Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast

Slow Roasting Turkey

For this recipe I used a slow roasting technique for cooking the turkey.  Essentially you roast the turkey at 250 degrees for a couple of hours.  The slow and steady roasting results in a tender and juicy turkey breast.  Not only is it delicious to cook the turkey this way, I like the extra time it gives me to work on the side dishes while the turkey is in the oven.

One of the things I like most about this recipe is that the turkey is marinated for a few hours in a mixture of olive oil, rosemary and thyme.  The results are flavourful and delicious turkey!

And if you’re lucky, you’ll also end up with some amazing pan drippings for gravy!  YUM.

Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast

Nothing left to do but set the table!  Enjoy!


Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast

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This savoury Herb Marinated Turkey Breast is slow roasted, resulting in tender and juicy turkey.  This easy and delicious recipe is perfect for your holiday dinner!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 180 minutes
  • Cook Time: 180 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 2 boneless (skinless turkey breast (about 2 pounds))
  • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Mix together the chopped herbs and olive oil.
  2. Spread the herb mixture evenly over the turkey breast and let marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  3. When you’re ready to roast the turkey, preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
  4. Lay the turkey breast on a shallow baking sheet or pan.
  5. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  6. Roast for approximately 3 hours at 250 degrees F, or until the internal temperature at the thickest part reaches 165 degrees F.
  7. When the turkey is done, let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Slow Roasted Herb Marinated Turkey Breast

Make the most of Turkey Leftovers! Here are 10 great tips:

  1. To plan for leftovers, order a turkey that is several pounds bigger than what you need.  That way you can be sure to cook once and eat twice, with leftover turkey to spare for additional meals once everyone has had their fill.  Or if you’re cooking a turkey breast, consider roasting
  2. Plan for leftovers by allocating 1½ – 2 pounds of turkey per person.  This will give you ½ to 1 pound of extra turkey for each person at your table.
  3. Make sure you pack your leftovers within 2 hours after cooking to maintain the quality and safety of the food.
  4. Save and freeze the turkey carcass and bones, too.  Use these to make a delicious turkey stock that can easily be frozen for use in soups, sauces, gravies and mashed potatoes.
  5. Freeze any leftover gravy in muffin tins or ice cube trays.  Once frozen, store in a zip top bag or air tight container and use as needed.
  6. Leftover turkey freezes well, so make sure you fill your freezer!  Wrap your turkey leftovers in plastic to avoid freezer burn and you’ll have ready portions on hand.  Visit www.canadianturkey.ca for recipe inspiration and make salads, soups, pastas or casseroles in a snap!
  7. Store your leftovers properly for best results.  Shred your turkey or cut it up into slices or cubes and freeze in convenient 1 lb meal base portions that are ready to use right from the freezer.  Store in an airtight container in the freezer for a quick start to weekday meals.
  8. Divide your leftovers into dark and white turkey portions before freezing so it will be easy to choose what works best in your recipes.
  9. Make a list of your favourite leftover turkey recipes.  Add to that list so when the holiday season comes around every year you will have a head start with a selection of go-to recipes on hand.
  10. Stock up on air-tight, leak-proof containers or plastic bags for your leftovers or prepared meals so you’re ready to size up your meals any time.

Canadian Turkey Recipes, Tips and Nutrition:

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