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Last year I made a slow cooker turkey breast on repeat, but this fall I wanted something a little quicker, so since I’ve been making a lot of air fryer recipes lately, I decided to try turkey breast in the air fryer. And it’s awesome! This air fryer turkey breast recipe is tender and juicy, and the skin is golden and crispy. It’s easy to make and you’ll use just 5 simple ingredients!

Cooking a turkey breast in an air fryer sure is a great option for a smaller piece of turkey, but if you’re cooking a whole turkey for a bigger crowd, try herb butter roasted turkey instead.

Can You Cook A Turkey Breast In An Air Fryer?

Yes, and cooking a turkey breast in the air fryer is a great way to make it. It cooks evenly, quickly, and you’ll get the brownest, crispiest skin!

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Turkey Breast Recipe

  • Savory turkey flavor infused with garlic and fresh herbs
  • Tender, juicy turkey breast with crispy skin
  • Takes just 10 minutes to prep
  • Cooks in an hour
  • Saves precious oven space
  • Perfect for smaller Thanksgiving dinner
Turkey breast on a plate with gravy

Ingredients For Seasoning Turkey Breast

This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for air fryer bone-in turkey breast, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Turkey breast – The best air fryer turkey breast is made with bone-in whole turkey breast, which will be the most flavorful. But, boneless turkey breast (which usually has a net around it) will also work, sometimes with a different cook time. This recipe assumes a larger turkey breast that’s about 5 pounds; most are 3-5 pounds, so cook time will be slightly shorter if yours is smaller.
  • Olive oil – Or avocado oil.
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper
  • Fresh Herbs – I used fresh rosemary and thyme. Chopped sage leaves would also be delicious! If all you have is dried herbs, you can use those, but use 1 teaspoon of the dried seasonings for each tablespoon of fresh.
  • Garlic – We’re using whole cloves, so use fresh garlic. I don’t recommend substituting garlic powder or jarred garlic here.

Seasoning Variations: Try adding a couple teaspoons of poultry seasoning, or use Italian seasoning instead of the fresh herbs.

Turkey breast in the air fryer on a plate with gravy

How To Cook A Turkey Breast In An Air Fryer

This section shows how to make air fryer turkey breast with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full instructions, see the recipe card below.

  • Season. Pat the skin dry with paper towels. Rub turkey breast with olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper, rosemary, and thyme. Place garlic cloves under the skin and on top.

TIP: Preheat the air fryer. Just a few minutes is fine, it doesn’t take as long as the oven, but it does help crisp the turkey skin.

Turkey breast in air fryer before cooking
  • Air fry. Place the turkey breast skin side down into the air fryer. Cook until halfway done, then flip and cook until the skin is golden and crispy, and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F with a instant read thermometer. (Recommended cook times are below.)
Cooked air fryer turkey breast in basket
  • Rest. Remove the turkey breast from air fryer basket and let rest for at least 10-20 minutes before carving.
  • Slice. After resting, slice the turkey breast lengthwise. I serve mine with low carb gravy!
Slicing turkey breast made in the air fryer

How Long To Cook Turkey Breast In The Air Fryer?

As a rule of thumb, turkey breast in the air fryer will take about 12 minutes per pound. For a 5-pound turkey breast, that is approximately an hour.

Even though it’s not what you would expect, boneless turkey breast might take a bit longer than the bone-in turkey breast.

Use the timing guide as a rule of thumb, but the best way to check is by using a probe thermometer, as cooking time will vary depending on the weight and shape of the meat.

Can You Cook Frozen Turkey Breast In The Air Fryer?

Cooking frozen turkey can result in undercooked and overcooked spots, so it’s not recommended. If you are air frying a turkey breast that is frozen, thaw it first in water on the counter, or in the fridge overnight.

Storage Instructions

  • Store: Store leftover turkey breast in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Reheat: Reheat turkey in the air fryer or the oven at 350 degrees F, just until heated through. To make it more juicy, heat in the oven with some broth, covered in foil.
  • Freeze: You can freeze cooked turkey meat for 2-3 months. (Take the meat off the bone before freezing.)
Sliced air fryer turkey breast drizzled with gravy

What To Serve With Air Fryer Turkey Breast

While mashed potatoes and stuffing may be traditional sides, I prefer to serve this air fry bone-in turkey breast with one of these healthy side dishes:

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Air Fryer Turkey Breast Recipe

The BEST turkey breast in the air fryer! This air fryer turkey breast recipe (bone-in or boneless) has juicy, tender meat and crispy, golden skin.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 50 minutes

Total Time 1 hour

Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

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Instructions

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  1. Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).

  2. Use paper towels to pat the turkey dry. Rub the olive oil all over the turkey breast. Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper, rosemary, and thyme.

  3. Place the garlic pieces under the turkey skin and on top of the turkey.

  4. Place the turkey breast in the air fryer and cook for about 25 minutes.

  5. Flip the turkey over and cook for 25-30 minutes more, until skin is golden brown and crispy and internal temperature is 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) using a probe thermometer.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: ~6-8 oz cooked turkey, or 1/4 of entire recipe

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.

Calories 404

Fat 11g

Protein 73.9g

Total Carbs 3.2g

Net Carbs 2.7g

Fiber 0.5g

Sugar 0.2g

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