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Brined Turkey Breast

Serves 4

Tenderize turkey with this simple brining recipe. Advance preparation makes for a juicy turkey and an easy Thanksgiving Day.


  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 head garlic, cloves crushed and peeled
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorns
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 boneless, skin-on turkey breast (about 5 pounds)


  1. Mix together the water, salt, sugar, garlic, rosemary, thyme, onion, lemon, peppercorns and parsley in a food safe container or 2 gallon resealable plastic bag. Place the turkey breast in the brine for up to 12 hours.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
  3. Rinse the brine from the turkey breast. Place in the oven for 45-55 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 155ºF. Let rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving.