Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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Juicy, crispy-skinned boneless turkey breast has never been easier to make! Coated in herbed butter and air-fried until deep golden-brown, this Air Fryer Turkey Breast is perfect for the holidays and beyond.

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Turkey Breast

  • Easy than preparing a whole turkey. Sometimes, it’s fun and festive to bring home a whole Thanksgiving turkey, make sure it’s defrosted, brine it, roast it, and carve it. But other times, a turkey breast is just what you need, without all the work.
  • Juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside. This boneless turkey breast comes out juicy on the inside, and crispy on the outside, perfect for slicing and arranging on your holiday platter.
  • Perfect for smaller crowds. If you only need to make a small to medium amount of turkey, and you’d like to do it quickly, easily, and deliciously, then this recipe is for you! 

If you’re looking for more ideas on ways to cook turkey, check out this classic Thanksgiving Turkey and Instant Pot Turkey. Don’t forget the Turkey Gravy!

A raw boneless turkey breast on a plate, with small containers of herbs, spices, butter, salt, flour, and a large measuring cup full of broth.

What You’ll Need

This air fryer turkey recipe is made with an herbed butter and a handful of other ingredients. Scroll down to the recipe card below for exact measurements.

For the Turkey:

  • Butter: Soften the butter so you can rub it all over the turkey breast.
  • Herbs: Mince up a sprig of rosemary, one of thyme, and some sage—or use your favorite fresh or dried herbs. I love to use fresh herbs for this herbed butter, but it works equally well with dried. If you go with fresh, make sure to strip the leaves of thyme and rosemary away from the tough stems and just mince the leaves. You can also use other herbs of choice, like parsley, oregano, or basil.
  • Lemon Zest: Many turkey recipes call for whole lemons to be added to the dish (yum!). Putting whole lemons in the air fryer isn’t quite the same, so I like to add some lemon zest instead.
  • Garlic: Fresh minced garlic is my favorite, but garlic powder works too!
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste.
  • Turkey Breast: You’ll need one 3 – 4 pound boneless turkey breast, completely thawed.

For the Gravy:

  • Butter and Flour: For thickening the gravy and giving it that classic creamy finish.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Such a quick and easy way to add vibrant flavor to the gravy! Just a little bit will do it.
  • Broth: You can use chicken or turkey broth, or even vegetable broth. Feel free to mix in any of the cooked turkey juices for extra richness.
  • Better than Bouillon: This is my secret ingredient! I love using the chicken flavored Better than Bouillon to give sauces and gravies a little extra boost.

Should I use a bone-in or boneless turkey breast?

Honestly, you can use either one—whichever works for you. A boneless breast, which is what I use, will cook up faster and be easier to carve. A bone-in breast will take a bit longer to cook and be harder to carve, but on the plus side, bone-in poultry is considered to have more flavor and moisture.

Whichever you choose, go for a size and shape that will actually fit in your air-fryer! 3 – 4 pounds is usually about right.

How to Make Air Fryer Turkey Breast and Gravy

This air fryer turkey breast is easy than you may think. Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions.

  • Make the herbed butter: Combine the butter, herbs, lemon zest, and seasonings with a fork. Generously coat the turkey.
  • Air fry the turkey: Line the air fryer basket with foil. Air fryer the turkey breast on 350F for 20 minutes, flip the turkey over, and air fry for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Rest: Transfer the turkey to a platter and rest for at least 10 minutes.
  • Make the gravy: Melt the butter then whisk in the flour, stirring for a minute. Whisk in the broth then add the Worcestershire sauce and Better than Bouillon. Whisk for 4 to 5 minutes until the gravy thickens.
A serving dish filled with sliced turkey breast, lemon slices, and herbs.

How to Carve a Turkey Breast

If you’re serving a boneless turkey breast, then all you have to do is use a sharp knife to cut it into slices. If you’re working with a bone-in breast, then you’ll need to cut each breast half away from the bone. 

To do this, make a deep cut along either side of the breastbone. Then cut along the bottom of the breast meat, over the ribs on either side. The breast meat should now be easy to pull away from the bones in two large pieces. You can cut any smaller bits away from the bones afterward.

Lay the breast pieces skin-side up on a cutting board, and cut into slices.

A close-up shot of a silver fork with a bite-sized piece of turkey with gravy.

Tips for Success

This air fryer turkey breast recipe is quite simply and straight forward but there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Thaw Completely! Make sure your turkey breast is completely thawed before cooking it. If it’s a little frozen inside, then it may not cook through properly, and you’ll end up with a) underdone turkey, or b) turkey that’s dry on the outside because you had to overcook it to get the center done. Not good!
  • Dairy-Free Option: This recipe is already gluten-free and low-carb, but did you know you can also make it dairy-free? Just substitute your favorite vegan butter for the regular butter in this recipe.
  • Handle the Foil with Care: The layer of foil in the air fryer is super important, because it holds all of the juices in and keeps them from running into the fryer and scorching. So be especially careful when you’re flipping the turkey breast or removing it from the air fryer!
A serving dish of sliced turkey breast, a gravy boat, and several dinner plates with portions of turkey and other holiday foods.

Serving Suggestions

To serve your juicy “roast” turkey slices, why not whip up a couple of easy side dishes? Like the turkey, these are simple to make and wonderful to serve anytime.

  • Mashed Potatoes: Perfect for drizzling with that homemade gravy! I like them with plenty of butter and garlic, hence these indulgent Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Or if you like sweet potatoes, you have to try my mama’s Sweet Potato Casserole!
  • Green Bean Casserole: The one casserole that we have to have every year is Green Bean Casserole and I have the best recipe or it! I know, I know, everyone claims theirs is the best, but just read the comments and check out those reviews!
  • Corn Casserole: Move over, corn on the cob. Things just got real. If you like corn even just a little bit, you’re going to love this classic Corn Casserole (AKA corn pudding, Jiffy corn casserole, and heaven on a spoon) made with corn, cheddar, sour cream, butter, and sweet Jiffy corn bread mix.
  • Candied Carrots: A sweet and simple family favorite, Candied Carrots are made with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Cranberry Orange Relish: Last but not least, we love a little something sweet on our plate with some homemade Cranberry Orange Relish. If you don’t love cranberries, fried apples are also a great idea!
Sliced air-fried turkey breast with lemons, sage, and rosemary.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Fridge: Store leftover turkey and gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: You can also freeze the turkey (along with any gravy) for up to three month in an airtight container.
  • Reheat: Reheat leftovers in the microwave until warmed through.
An overhead shot of sliced air-fried turkey in a serving dish.
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Yield: 4 – 6 Servings

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Juicy, crispy-skinned turkey has never been easier to make! Coated in herbed butter and air-fried to a deep golden-brown, this Air Fryer Turkey Breast is perfect for the holidays and beyond.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Additional Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour


For the Turkey

  • cup butter, softened
  • 1 sprig rosemary, minced
  • 1 sprig thyme, minced
  • 2 sage leaves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 – 4 lb boneless turkey breast, thawed

For the Gravy:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon, chicken flavored


  • Combine the butter, rosemary, thyme, sage, lemon zest, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Pat the thawed turkey breast dry with a paper towel. Coat the turkey breast with the herbed butter.
  • Line the air-fryer basket with foil. Place the turkey breast inside the foil-lined basket.
  • Place the basket in the air fryer, and set for 350°F and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Flip the turkey over, and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness (the internal temperature of the turkey should read 165°F).
  • Remove the turkey breast from the air fryer, and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  • While the turkey is resting, make the optional gravy. Melt the butter in a saucepan, and whisk in the flour. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the broth to the saucepan, whisking continuously to completely dissolve the flour and butter mixture into the broth. Then whisk in the Worcestershire sauce and chicken bouillon. Continue to whisk over medium heat until the gravy thickens, about 4 or 5 minutes.
  • Serve the thickened gravy with the turkey.


Serving: 1, Calories: 518kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 70g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 230mg, Sodium: 703mg, Sugar: 1g


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  1. Janelle

    Question–is this really 1642 calories for one serving (1/6 of the turkey breast)? That seems high even with the butter coating…

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Thank you for catching that Janelle! It’s an auto-calculating program and obviously it had gone insane the day I posted this. I have corrected it! With gravy included, each serving is right about 500 calories if using a 4 lb turkey.

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