Honey Mustard Turkey Breast
- 5 lb turkey whole breast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 4-6 tbsp fresh herbs chopped rosemary, thyme, sage
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- Heat air fryer to 350° F.
- Using a good pair of scissors, cut down the center of the turkey to separate the 2 breasts. Note: if you have a large air fryer, you may be able to keep the entire turkey breast intact.
- Rub olive oil all over turkey breast. In a small bowl, combine chopped herbs, salt, and pepper. Rub herb mixture over the turkey breast.
- Transfer one of the halves to the air fryer and cook for about 20 minutes. Turn the breast over and cook for an additional 15 minutes. While the turkey is cooking, combine butter, honey, and mustard in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once butter has melted, whisk to combine. At this point, brush the entire breast with honey mustard glaze and return to air fryer for an additional 5-10 minutes until browned and crispy, and the internal temperature is 165°F.
- Repeat with the second half of the turkey breast.
- Loosely cover the turkey breasts with aluminum foil for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
I think turkey is one of those proteins that we forget about until Thanksgiving comes
around, or at least I used to! Turkey is a super lean, high-quality protein that is packed with
nutrients such as B-vitamins, selenium, zinc, and phosphorus. With 40% of Americans deficient
in Vitamin-B12, it’s a nutrient that deserves our attention. Deficiency of this vitamin is most
often noticed when patients find that they feel tired and weak all the time, as Vitamin B12 is a
vital part of the body’s energy production and without it, your body struggles to make enough
energy to get you through the day. If you have a long-term Vitamin B12 deficiency, it can cause
serious complications such as anemia (where your body doesn’t produce or deliver enough blood
to get oxygen to all parts of the body) and damage to neurons in the brain.
While we are on the topic of brain health, turkey contains tryptophan which is a protein
that is converted into serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which improves mood and
therefore can improve mental health and strengthen the immune system. Meanwhile, tryptophan
also works to treat chronic insomnia by promoting sleep. Turkey also contains selenium, which
helps regulate thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems, and immune function.
Okay, so we could probably go on forever with all the nutrients that are found in turkey.
All in all, we are a big fan. If you are curious about the nutrient content or finding the best way
to cook turkey, check out this great resource from the Australian Turkey Federation!
Try out this honey mustard turkey recipe and let us know what you think in the comments section.
Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.
An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.