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Roasted Turkey Breast with Bourbon Maple Glaze

Roasted turkey breast with a bourbon maple glaze is moist and tender. This glaze is great on any turkey and also fabulous on any type of chicken. Easy to prepare and perfect for Thanksgiving or any Holiday!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Thanksgiving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Rest 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 442kcal
Author Eileen xo


To Prepare the Turkey Breast

  • 7 pound turkey breast, bone-in
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 leave bay
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cup water, more if needed

To Prepare Bourbon Maple Glaze

  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar


Roasted Turkey Breast

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Remove turkey from packaging. Wash and pat dry.
  • In a small bowl, combine onion powder, garlic powder, salt, ground black pepper, sage, and thyme.
  • Rub the turkey breast with olive oil.
  • Rub the turkey with the spice rub.
  • To the cavity of the turkey breast, place 1/2 onion, bay leaf, and garlic cloves.
  • In a roasting pan fitted with a rack, place the seasoned turkey breast.
  • Slice the second half of onion into thin slices and add to roasting pan. Add the water to the bottom of the roasting pan.
  • Insert a meat thermometer into the thick part of the turkey breast to monitor the temperature of the turkey.
  • Place turkey in the oven on middle rack. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees. If the turkey is browning too fast, cover with aluminum foil.
  • Baste turkey every half hour with juices from the bottom of the pan. Make the Bourbon Maple Glaze below.
  • In the last half hour of cooking, brush turkey with the Bourbon Maple Glaze.
  • Depending on the size of your turkey, should be done in 2 1/2 to 3 hour. The temperature of the turkey should be 165 degrees.
  • Repeat every 10 minutes for the last half hour of cooking.
  • Remove from oven and discard the bay leaf, garlic, and onion from cavity and pan.
  • Let turkey rest for at least 20 minutes. Slice and serve.
  • To make the Bourbon Maple Glaze:
  • In a small saucepan, over medium/high heat, add the bourbon, maple syrup, orange juice, and balsamic vinegar.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to low heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • The mixture will reduce to about 1/2 and have a syrup like quality.
  • Remove from heat, set aside until ready to use as a glaze.


  •  If the turkey breast is browning to quickly, cover with aluminum foil.
  • Add more water or chicken stock to bottom of pan if needed. This is used to baste the turkey.
  • Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and portion sizes.


Serving: 8servings | Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 77g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 1032mg | Potassium: 953mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 9.5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2.3mg