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Moist Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Air Fryer turkey breast is incredibly easy, and the perfect home-style meal for all occasions. Marinated in a homemade sauce leaves an inviting flavor the entire family will love. 

air fryer turkey breast

This turkey is so tender you can cut it with a fork, and it practically melts in your mouth. You shouldn’t have any trouble talking the kids into eating it either! Be sure to check out some other easy Air Fryer recipes too. (affiliate links present, originally published 12/20)

Turkey Breast in Air Fryer

You’ve probably made an air fryer fried chicken breast before, but wait it gets better!

I recently made Instant Pot turkey tenderloin, and it was delicious and so easy. Now it was time to make it in our Ninja Foodi and Cosori too. It was so good we decided to share it with all of you. 😉

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

cosori review

Making Air Fryer turkey breast is going to save you oven space, and you don’t have to worry about bones like my whole Instant Pot turkey recipe. 

If you love turkey breast, you will be happy to know the flavors in this are lovely any time of year. It really comes down to the ingredients that are rubbed all over the outside.

Of course you can just opt for a ready made sauce but trust me, you’ll want to give this creation a whirl.

Turkey Marinade

turkey breast marinade

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

What turkey do I need to look for?

I used a boneless skinless turkey breast. It comes wrapped in a netting, which I removed. You can leave the net in place while cooking it, but you will need to add around 10-15 minutes to the cooking time. 

If you take the net off as I did, be super gentle with it because the point of the net is to hold the meat together. 

You can buy bone-in turkey breast at your local butcher or supermarket as well. Bone-in turkey does take about an hour to cook, so it just depends on your preference. 

turkey in air fryer

Here are a few questions you might have before you get started. If you have others let me know below and I will try to answer them.

Can I cook frozen turkey breast?

To make turkey breast in air fryer you should defrost it overnight or up to 2 days before you cook it. If you attempt to cook it from frozen the outside will cook way faster than the interior and end up very dry.

You can try our Instant Pot frozen turkey breast recipe though, that works quite well. 

Is air fryer good for cooking a turkey?

Yep! Cooking turkey in the air fryer is a great way to lock in the moisture and keep it from drying out. Plus, the outside gets yummy crispiness to it, which is perfection.

Using a marinade or dry rub will take it over the top though.turkey seasoning rub

What is the best turkey breast brand?

Typically stores will only offer 1-2 types so you may be limited. Bell and Evans tops the list followed by Eberly Organics.

Do I have to marinade turkey?

No, it’s not required, but I will tell you that if you rub it on all sides of the turkey it really locks in that flavor and gives you the ultimate results. If you want to skip it, you can make this smoked turkey rub, or use ingredients in the recipe below.

Rub them all over the turkey breast. You may need to double the spices to ensure the entire turkey breast gets covered with the rub. 

Take a look at these quick step by step instructions to get you started. You can also conveniently print off the recipe card at the bottom too.

air fryer turkey

Of course timing will depend on the size of your piece of meat. You’ll want to try and find one that is close to 4 pounds with a bone, or 3 boneless. That way it will fit inside your air fryer basket well, and remain juicy and tender.

This is what you will need to pick up to make this:

Turkey Breast Air Fryer

  1. 3 lb. boneless turkey breast or about 4 pounds bone in size works well
  2. Olive oil spray will ensure a crispy outside layer or crispy skin if it’s not skinless
  3. Maple syrup
  4. Spicy mustard
  5. Cumin
  6. Paprika
  7. Oregano
  8. Salt and pepper can be added too

I promise you’ll get that same deep fried crispiness but without all of the extra calories. Great low carb recipe if you’re looking for that.

turkey breast air fryer

Here are quick step by step instructions, there is a printable recipe card below too though.

  • Combine all rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Put turkey breast inside bowl and flip over so meat is coated well. Put into fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour to marinate.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Open air fryer basket and spray meat with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Place turkey breast inside basket and close. Cook for 25 minutes. Flip over to the other side, spray oil all over the turkey breast, and continue to cook for 25-30 minutes.
    • Cook until middle thickest part registers 165 degrees F using an instant read thermometer.
  • Remove and allow to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing to maintain juiciness.

THAT is how to cook a turkey breast so it comes out over the top incredible like you see here.

air fryer turkey breast

When served you can sprinkle sides with salt and pepper if you want but there should be quite enough flavor as is.

How long should I let my turkey rest?

Did you know that you should do this? Like every time you make any type of Crockpot turkey, sheet pan turkey, or smoked turkey… It is so important or you’ll lose a lot of the juices inside.

Yeah, they’ll leak out with every slice, but waiting at least 15 minutes will eliminate this issue.

air fryer turkey breast recipe

If you always just roast turkey, try something new this year!! You won’t regret it.

What do you serve with turkey?

Well you must have some gravy of course with a side of dinner rolls. For a change the other night I made a batch of air fryer cornbread that was really good too though. If I want to cook everything at the same time I’ll pop in some cornmeal muffins into the oven though. I tend to serve air fryer vegetables with every meal as well.

Mixed together with some seasonings is healthy, and the kids now expect it and love them.

air fryer vegetables 2

Ninja Foodi Turkey Breast

We love to serve this or air fryer turkey legs for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Using boneless skinless turkey makes a wonderful lunch or dinner idea year-round too though.

It is really cheap, feeds quite a few people, and if you don’t finish the whole thing you can make a ton of other meals with what’s left. We honestly look forward to the days after so we can make all of these:

Check out a few of our favorite ideas for using up leftover turkey here, there are more below too:

leftover turkey recipe

Easy leftover turkey pot pie is great. Make a few and freeze for later for multiple meals.

Try out some of my other leftover turkey recipes too. They’re the bestest I tell you. It’s a shame to waste even a few pieces.

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You can also pressure cook and air fry it using our pressure cooker turkey breast recipe here. You can use this method with an Instant Pot and CrispLid, or if you have a Foodi.

Happy holidays if this is the end of the year, and if not we hope this becomes a family favorite and it’s now made year round. 😉

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, ninja foodi, turkey breast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 378kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Put turkey breast inside bowl and flip over so meat is coated well. Put into fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour to marinate.
  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Open basket and spray with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Place turkey breast inside basket and close. Cook for 25 minutes, then flip, spray top with olive oil, and continue to cook for 25-30 minutes or until middle thickest part registers 165 degrees F using an instant read thermometer.
  • Remove and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing to maintain juiciness.

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Turkey Breast
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 378 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 184mg61%
Sodium 1328mg58%
Potassium 864mg25%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 74g148%
Vitamin A 222IU4%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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