You’re really going to love air frying a turkey breast because it’s healthy and truly delicious! There’s so many reasons to make boneless turkey breast in the air fryer. It’s so quick, easy and a great way to enjoy healthy turkey breast for lunch and dinner.

Air Fried Turkey Breast Recipe in the Air Fryer with Lemon Pepper or Herbs on a plate

Healthy Air Fryer Turkey Breast Recipe

We were mind blown when we made our first air fryer turkey breast and we’ve made so many more ever since then! The turkey breast skin comes out crispy and amazing. The turkey meat is juicy and perfect for sandwiches, salads or what ever you want. You can’t buy something this delicious at the store and if you did, it wouldn’t be cheap. Cooking  boneless turkey breast in the air fryer is budget friendly and can cover meals for a whole family. If there’s leftovers, then sandwiches are perfect.

Air Fried Turkey Breast Recipe in the Air Fryer with Lemon Pepper or Herbs in a basket

Watch the Video Making Turkey Breast with Lemon Pepper in the Air Fryer

Why Air Fry Turkey Breast Instead of Baking?

This is truly a great way to eat healthy turkey in sandwiches, salads or what ever you want.

  • Ok, air fried turkey breast is a serious contender for Thanksgiving or the holidays too. It’s the perfect portion for two or three. If it’s a small Thanksgiving dinner gathering, then this air fryer technique is perfect for a 3 pound boneless breast. It’s easy to learn how to cook turkey in the air fryer for Thanksgiving.
  • The turkey breast cooks juicy and moist. The hot circulating heat cooks the turkey breast just quick enough to not dry it out. Just make sure to have an oven thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature is 165F at it’s thickest part.
  • Most importantly, it frees up so much space in the kitchen, especially if it’s small. If you don’t have enough oven space, then the air fryer can help free up the lack of oven space. It’s such a wonderful way to enjoy turkey for two and keep it simple and small.

What Size Turkey Breast?

This recipe is for a raw 3 pound (approximately) boneless turkey breast or loaf. Anything larger than that you’ll really have to add more time. Every air fryer cooks differently, so after your first attempt, you’ll know more of what timing works best for your specific air fryer model. If you’re wanting to cook a whole turkey up to 16 pounds, check out the recipe here.

Lemon Pepper turkey slices on plate
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Healthy Air Fryer Herbed Turkey Breast with Lemon Pepper

This recipe is based on 3 pound de-boned turkey breasts (or 4 pounds bone-in).
Keep the skin-on the turkey because it keeps the meat moist during air frying. Have a kitchen thermometer ready to check the internal turkey temperature to ensure it’s cooked.
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds (1360 g) de-boned uncooked turkey breast *see recipe head note
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) oil
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon pepper or dried herb seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt , or to taste

Instructions 

  • Make sure the turkey breast is completely thawed or else it will not cook through. Pat the turkey dry.
    Raw turkey breast on a plate
  • In a bowl or plastic bag, combine the oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon pepper or herbs, and salt. Add the turkey to the marinade, making sure the marinade completely coats the turkey breast. If possible, marinate for 1-2 hours.
    Turkey breast being marinated in a bag
  • Lightly spray or rub oil the air fryer basket. Remove the turkey from the marinade and place the turkey breast skin-side down in the air fryer basket.
    Turkey breast skin side down in air fryer
  • Air Fry at 350°F for 25 minutes. NOTE: To keep turkey breast from drying out (especially if it is skinless), spray the turkey top and edges with a little oil a couple times during cooking to keep it moist. It's like "basting" the turkey breast with oil. This is helpful if you have a bigger breast. 
  • Flip the turkey breast to skin side up, and Air Fry for another 25-35 minutes until internal temperature of turkey reaches 165°F in the thickest part. If you’re cooking bone-in turkey breast, cook for additional 5-10 minutes if needed.
    Cooked turkey breast with instant read thermometer
  • Allow the breast to rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve while warm.
    Turkey breast with 2 slices

Notes

NOTE on SIZE: Some breasts are thinner or sometimes broken into several pieces including the tenderloin. If you’re cooking separate smaller pieces, then cooking time is much less. If you want a “whole” looking breast when you have multiple pieces, then tie the pieces together with some kitchen string. This will give the breast a whole looking shape. Then marinate the breast according to the instructions.

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).

Video

Nutrition Information

Calories: 400kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 147mg, Sodium: 355mg, Potassium: 646mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 14IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 3mg

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