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Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
When Thanksgiving is just two of you, a turkey breast is a perfect answer to a huge meal. This recipe uses an air fryer oven in the bake and air fryer mode for a perfectly juicy and delicious turkey breast.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Holiday Favorites, turkey
Servings: 8
Calories: 434 kcal
  • 1 5- to 8-pound bone-in turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cranberry Glaze
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water divided
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  1. Trim the rib bones of the turkey breast with a pair of sharp poultry scissors so the turkey breast sits flat in the air fryer basket.
  2. Rub the softened butter over the turkey breast and push a little under the skin. Combine the dried thyme, sage, salt and freshly ground black pepper and sprinkle this all over the turkey breast.
  3. Pre-heat your air fryer oven to 350˚F on the BAKE function.
  4. When the oven has pre-heated, transfer the turkey breast in the air fryer basket with the drip pan underneath to the lowest position in the oven. Cook for 17 minutes per pound, based the weight of your turkey (1 hour 25 minutes for a 5-pound turkey breast or 2¼ hours for an 8-pound turkey breast). If the skin starts to get too brown during the cooking process, tent some foil over the top of the turkey breast.
  5. While the turkey is air-frying, make the cranberry glaze by combining all the glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, crushing the cranberries as they soften with a spoon. When the cranberries are soft use a wire whisk to beat the mixture and smooth it into a paste like consistency. Whisk in the remaining ½ cup of water and cook for another minute or two.
  6. When the turkey breast reaches an internal temperature of 160°F on an instant read thermometer, generously brush the glaze on the turkey skin. Set the oven to the AIR-FRY function at 350˚F and air-fry uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Transfer the turkey breast to a cutting board and let it rest for 15 minutes. Carve the turkey breast into slices and serve with any remaining cranberry glaze and your favorite side dishes.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast
Amount Per Serving (1 of 8 servings)
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 155mg52%
Sodium 526mg22%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 56g112%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.