Air Fried Turkey Breast with Cherry Glaze

Switch up your traditional turkey by making an air-fried turkey breast with cherry glaze. Glazing the turkey at the end prevents over-browning, but delivers a nice fruity finish.

Featured In My CookbookAir Fry Genius Jump to Recipe (or scroll for photos...)
Advertisement - Continue Below

All turkeys are built differently, so depending on the turkey breast and how your butcher has prepared it, you may need to trim the bottom of the turkey’s ribs in order to get the turkey to sit upright in the air fryer basket without touching the heating element. The key to this recipe is getting the right sized turkey breast. Once you’ve managed that, the rest is easy, so make sure your turkey breast fits into the air fryer basket before you pre-heat the air fryer.

Featured Recipe Techniques

More about the skills used in this recipe.

Cooking School
Air Frying 101

An introduction into Air Frying so that you can feel comfortable and confident making the recipes you find on my...View Technique

Air Fryer Cooking Charts

Complete list of air frying cooking times and temperatures are listed in this chart. All times and temperatures assume that...View Technique

Converting Recipes to the Air Fryer

Many recipes that use traditional methods can be converted to delicious air frying creations!View Technique

Advertisement - Continue Below

Watch The Recipe Video

Advertisement - Continue Below

Air Fried Turkey Breast with Cherry Glaze

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 55 m
  • Total Time: 1 h 5 m
  • Servings:


  • 5 pound Bone-in turkey breast
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup cherry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pre-heat the air fryer to 350ºF.
  2. Brush the turkey breast all over with the olive oil. Combine the thyme, sage, salt and pepper and rub the outside of the turkey breast with the spice mixture.
  3. Transfer the seasoned turkey breast to the air fryer basket, breast side up, and air-fry at 350ºF for 25 minutes. Turn the turkey breast on its side and air-fry for another 12 minutes. Turn the turkey breast on the opposite side and air-fry for another 12 minutes. The internal temperature of the turkey breast should reach 165ºF when fully cooked.
  4. While the turkey is air-frying, combine the cherry preserves, fresh thyme, soy sauce and pepper in a small bowl. When the cooking time is up, return the turkey breast to an upright position and brush the glaze all over the turkey. Air-fry for a final 5 minutes, until the skin is nicely browned and crispy. Let the turkey rest,
Advertisement - Continue Below
Advertisement - Continue Below
Advertisement - Continue Below

Comments (4)Post a Reply

  1. Am making it but need to know: I’m going to do a 3lb turkey roast and try it in the Air-Fryer. The roast is not bone-in. I’m using a Ninja Foodi and wonder do I adjust the time to cook because there is no bone? Also, not sure if I will do air-fry or crisp to cook. Any recommendations?

    1. Nina, a 3-pound boneless turkey breast has more meat on it than a 3-pound bone-in turkey breast, but this recipe calls for a 5-pound bone-in breast. So, the timing should be very similar. The challenge comes in how thick the breast is. Turkey can handle sitting and resting covered in foil for a good 20 minutes, so I would give yourself a 20 minute cushion so that if you need more time in the air fryer you will have it. ML

  2. This looks yummy! We have a 3 qt Cook’s Essentials air fryer. Would this size accommodate a 5 lb bone in breast or should I purchase a 3 lb? Thanks and miss you on the Q!

    1. You should be able to fit up to a 5lb turkey breast or air fry two split breasts if larger than 5lbs. You can also cut down some of the rib bones to make the turkey breast sit flatter in the air fryer basket.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *