Oven “Fried” Turkey Breasts

Love fried turkey, but don’t want to deal with the hot oil? I’ve got a solution for you today! Oven Baked Turkey Breast that looks and tastes like fried turkey, without all the fuss and mess… and calories.

Oven Baked Turkey Breast #thanksgiving #healthy #turkey #friedturkey

The big question as we get closer to Thanksgiving is… How will you attack your turkey?

Do you deep fry it? Do you roast it in the oven? Do you prepare a 20 pounder, or stick with white meat only? Do you season it traditionally, or get a little crazy with herbs and spices?

What is your game plan?


And is your game plan the same as it’s always been, or are you willing to try something new??

Baked Turkey Breast #thanksgiving #healthy #turkey #friedturkey

Over the years I have prepared many many turkey recipes.

I actually started roasting turkeys when I was 18. I spent a year after high school in an internship program where I lived in a 2 bedroom apartment with 5 other girls. A few of us cooked together on a regular basis and found we could roast a turkey at the beginning of the week and feed the entire apartment for days.

1995 will be forever coined in my mind as “The Year of Turkey” leading me to see turkey as not just a once or twice a year menu item, but a healthy and relatively inexpensive year-round dinner option.

Making Oven Baked Turkey Breast #thanksgiving #healthy #turkey #friedturkey

One of my favorite ways to enjoy turkey is to deep fry it.

I’m sure you’ve seen the youtube clips of someone’s carport going up in flames from a turkey fryer gone awry. Hot boiling oil has always been something that scares me.

And even after owning a more advanced model of a turkey fryer (one that I actually love and feel safe using) I find that I only pull it out on rare occasions.

Yet this “fried” turkey recipes is another story.

How to Make Oven Baked Turkey Breast #thanksgiving #healthy #turkey #friedturkey

In fact it isn’t fried at all, but rather, coated in a crunchy crust and baked to juicy perfection.

It has the taste and texture of battered fried turkey, without the excessive amount of fat and calories. On top of that, this baked turkey breast recipe is quick to prep and pop in the oven, and is fantastic for families that only like white-meat.

My oven baked turkey breast recipe feeds 8-10 people, but you could easily half the recipe for a smaller gathering.

Easy Oven Baked Turkey Breast #thanksgiving #healthy #turkey #friedturkey

The secret to the ultra crunchy coating and juicy flavorful meat, is in the simple ingredients.

I ground pretzels and wheat crackers to make the outer coating. Then seasoned the turkey breasts with Old Bay Seasoning and brushed them with a yogurt-mayo blend to “glue” the crumbs onto the breasts.

The yogurt-mayo layer helps insulate the meat so it bakes moist and tender. And the pretzel and cracker crumbs are kissed with butter so they turn golden and crisp under the heat.

Crunchy Oven Baked Turkey Breast #thanksgiving #healthy #turkey #friedturkey

Baked Turkey Breast is something you can serve all year long. This recipe will be an instant hit at your holiday table this year, but don’t feel limited to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

You can make baked turkey breast on any busy night of the week!

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23 comments on “Oven “Fried” Turkey Breasts

  1. Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted November 10, 2014 at 5:39 am Reply

    This looks fantastic, Sommer. Definitely going on my list to make.

  2. Jenny Flakeposted November 10, 2014 at 6:40 am Reply

    Loving this oven fried turkey!! ….pretzel breading?! LOVE!!

  3. Aggieposted November 10, 2014 at 7:06 am Reply

    Ohhh, love this! I haven’t cooked a turkey breast in a long time and have been thinking of putting into rotation to change things up. This looks great!

  4. Mariaposted November 10, 2014 at 7:33 am Reply

    Love the pretzel coating!

  5. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted November 10, 2014 at 7:59 am Reply

    Love the yogourt in there. Looks delicious!

  6. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted November 10, 2014 at 8:17 am Reply

    These are gorgeous Sommer!

  7. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted November 10, 2014 at 8:40 am Reply

    I am all over this turkey!! Such a great idea to sans the hot oil and use the oven!

  8. Julie @ Table for Twoposted November 10, 2014 at 8:54 am Reply

    Such a great alternative to the frying and using a giant turkey! Perfect for smaller families!

  9. Heather christoposted November 10, 2014 at 9:00 am Reply

    GAh!!! that looks GREAT Sommer!

  10. Erikaposted November 10, 2014 at 9:11 am Reply

    Love this idea! We always fry a turkey for Thanksgiving, this would be a great alternative.

  11. Annie @Maebellsposted November 10, 2014 at 9:22 am Reply

    Oh yum!! I love this perfect crust! So delicious!

  12. naomiposted November 10, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply

    such a great alternative to the fatty deep fry, and way safer and easier.

  13. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted November 10, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply

    Anything that is baked rather than fried flies in my book. Not that I don’t love fried. But I love it too much. I don’t want to experience the guilt or the extra pounds. I like your treatment of this—-especially what you used for crumbs.

  14. Kathleen @ Hint of Joe'sposted November 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm Reply

    What a great meal. I’m so exited for Thanksgiving.

    Rating: 5
  15. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummyposted November 10, 2014 at 11:26 am Reply

    Yes! I’ve been looking for something like this, because there’s only three of us at Thanksgiving this year! This would’ve been my first year to roast a turkey by myself, but maybe this is the way to go instead :)

    • Sommerposted November 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm Reply

      Jennifer, you will LOVE it!

  16. Gabyposted November 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm Reply

    This looks great, love the addition of pretzels!!!

  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted November 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm Reply

    I love this idea so much!! It looks so perfectly crispy!

  18. Amandaposted November 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm Reply

    This looks so good, can’t wait to try it!

  19. Nikki @Seeded at the Tableposted November 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm Reply

    I love this~ And, I love your “year of turkey story”. What a chuckle! :)

    Rating: 5
  20. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted November 12, 2014 at 8:07 am Reply

    What a neat recipe. It’s so fun to venture away from traditional for Thanksgiving!

  21. Ellie Elliottposted November 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm Reply

    What a healthy alternative to actually frying a whole turkey! Must try!

    Rating: 5
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