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Air Fryer Turkey

Air Fryer Turkey Breast, bone-in or boneless is a fantastic way to make juicy and moist turkey with the crispy golden skin. It takes less than 1 hour to make a great meal.
Course Christmas
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer turkey, air fryer turkey breast, turkey in an air fryer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 686kcal
Author Eileen Kelly



  • 2 - 3 pound turkey breast, skin on bone-in or boneless Note 1
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature Note 2
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt or Kosher salt Note 2
  • 1 Tablespoon black peppercorn, coarsely ground pre-ground peppercorns can be used
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 sprigs thyme, remove and discard the stem


  • Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small pot over low heat on the stove.
  • Once melted, add in the sea salt, ground black peppercorn, minced garlic, and thyme. Mix well.
  • Using a basting brush, brush the butter mix on the top and bottom of the turkey breast
  • Place the turkey breast in the air fryer.
  • Set your Air Fryer to 375 ° F for 45 minutes.
  • At the halfway mark of about 22/23 minutes, gently flip the breast with tongs.
  • Continue to cook in the air fryer. At about 40 minutes, use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature of the turkey. Put the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat.
  • The turkey is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F
  • Once cooked through, remove the turkey to a cutting board. Cover with foil and let it sit for about 15 minutes. This allows the juices to set into the meat.
  • Slice the turkey against the grain. Serve with your favorite sides.


Note 1: According to Butterball, the turkey should be cooked about 7-10 minutes per pound. The meat will be cooked somewhere between 40-60 minutes.  When cooking with bone-in turkey I have found it takes about 5 minutes longer to cook. 
Note 2: If using salted butter, reduce the amount of Kosher salt to ½ Tablespoon.
Leftovers: Leftovers should be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in a well covered container or storage bag. You can freeze leftovers in a freezer safe bag for up to 3 months.
I'm not a registered dietician, I do my best to provide the most accurate nutritional values. Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation. Actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 686kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 123g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 336mg | Sodium: 2915mg | Potassium: 1431mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 4mg