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How to Roast a Turkey Crown

How to cook a turkey crown for Thanksgiving or Christmas is here. Moist meat when you don’t want to bake a whole sheet pan turkey.

turkey crown

Are there only a few of you at home this holiday season? Only want to roast a turkey crown to feed everyone? We have been there done that and here to help you out. You can get this smaller portion just as moist and delicious baked in an oven, pressure cooker, slow cooker or air fryer turkey crown. We will share them all. (affiliate links present)

How to Cook a Turkey Crown

You may call this a breast or a crown, take your pick because they are almost the same thing. This can have a leg and or wing still attached which is the biggest difference, but they don’t always. The latter also makes it sound a bit more royal and fancy so let’s go with that shall we. 😉

You can use the directions below in the recipe card for your method of choice but we are making this one roasted in the oven. You can see how it may look below once you unwrap yours. Don’t be scared it looks a little bit different, we will walk you thru the process friends.

turkey crown

One of the best since you can ensure the inside is super moist while crisping the skin at the end. You just need foil and a baking dish with high sides to get started on this.

Is Turkey Crown Better than Turkey Breast

Like I said, there isn’t a big enough difference to say one is better than the other. Both are white meat, but you may get a bonus turkey wing or turkey leg attached with the crown. If your family enjoys just a bit of dark meat then you might prefer this one over the other.

I always like to try something new each year too. It gives me and my children an opportunity to work with something different and see which one we like best. Comparing the two wasn’t a huge sway either way but was fun experimenting nontheless.

How to Roast a Turkey Breast

How to Roast a Turkey Crown

Ok so if you cook a moist turkey every year in the oven you’re going to use the same basic method, except there will be a smaller piece. Instead of a huge roasting pan or one of those throw away aluminum ones you just need a 9×13″ pan really. Skip the bag and just use a piece of foil on top to steam the protein inside.

And then it comes to keeping it tender and the skin super flavorful. We’re going to go for the butter and herbs ya’ll. I mean I don’t know how else it gets to the state of utter YUM.

  • And yes you can make this dairy free with a plant based product. (I’m there with you in a lactose free house)

You would want to use the same measurements below but use sticks that are olive oil based. Country Crock has a great variety in sticks and tubs. Believe me, the rest of your family won’t notice the difference.

How to Keep Turkey Breast Moist

Honeysuckle Turkey Breast

It doesn’t really matter what brand you use or if you just have the breast. Most all are the same, the biggest difference is if you have an extra piece attached you might need an extra 10 minutes. Cook time will vary no matter what just a little bit either way you cut it because of how thick your piece might be.

How to Keep Turkey Crown Moist

It’s all about the butter herb mix, and keeping it inside a closed pan for the majority of the bake time. A similar idea to our slow cooker turkey breast, the steam does all the work for you. Getting right inside the middle but not allowing that steam to escape is key.

If you left it uncovered the whole time it would cook faster, that is true, but it will dry out. By the time you got the middle to reach a safe 165 F internally the skin would be really really browned. Like more than you would want it to be, and the outer meat would be dry. Trust me, this is the way to go.

Honeysuckle Turkey Breast

How Long to Cook Turkey Crown in Oven

You’ll want to keep 2 hours set aside to get this done just right. Like I said, you’ll need to give or take about 20 minutes either way depending on how large yours is, and how hot your oven runs. Believe it or not they aren’t all the same, even if each one was set to the same 390 degrees to begin with.

Should you cover a turkey crown in foil when cooking?

At first, yes. This is the best way to keep the meat very moist. For the first hour and a half – hour and 40 minutes it should be covered tightly.
Then remove the foil for the last 20 minutes or so to get crispy turkey skin.

Is it better to rub turkey with butter or olive oil

UM butter is always better. If you need a dairy free turkey rub option you can use olive oil based vegan sticks, or just olive oil like we do with turkey thighs.

  • 7-8 lb turkey crown or breast, bone in was used for timing
  • 2 tsp basil
  • Sprigs of fresh thyme ideally, dried can be used
  • Salt and black pepper if you like
  • 2 oranges, sliced and juiced
  • Butter should be softened to create a spread for the skin
How Long to Cook Turkey Breast in Oven

Thanksgiving Turkey Breast Bone In

There is another option available as far as the outside is concerned. If you wanted a lower calorie and fat option I would highly suggest our turkey dry rub blend. That will bring a bold sweet and savory mixture to your dish that crisps up nicely as well.

  • Preheat the oven to 390 degrees F. Put soft butter in a bowl and add salt, dried basil, and thyme leaves.
  • Mix the butter with the herbs to make a soft spreading paste. Rinse the turkey crown and pat skin dry with paper towels. Carefully separate the skin from the breast and lift it up.
  • Spread under the skin with butter, using a third of the total amount made. Slice the orange into thin slices (about 1/2 inch thick) and place under the skin.
    • Four pieces will be enough, flat and then pull skin back down to cover meat.
  • Brush the turkey crown all over with the remaining herb butter and salt. Place in a high side roasting tin or casserole dish. Pour 1/2 cup of water or broth in the bottom.
  • Drizzle the turkey with 1/2 of your orange juiced and place the remaining sliced ​​oranges around the breast. Carefully cover the baking dish with foil and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes to 40 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes at an increased temperature of 400 F to obtain a golden crust on top.

How do you know when turkey crown is done

Check if it is ready by removing the turkey from oven and puncturing the skin. I clear meat juice comes out, the turkey is ready. Use a meat thermometer into the thickest part and ensure it has reached a safe internal turkey temperature of 165 F.

Thanksgiving Turkey Breast

Remove, put foil back on top to rest for 15 minutes, then lift and slice breast meat for Christmas Day. If you have a larger crowd you could cook two crowns cooking at the same time this same way. As long as both roasting trays were on the same rack it shouldn’t take any longer to do it this way.

A bit fancier, and a turkey crown recipe is definitely something different to change things up a bit for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner for sure.

How do you store leftover turkey crown

This isn’t any different than the whole bird. You only want to slice what is being served, leave the rest whole to stay moist. Store in a freezer bag with air sucked out in the fridge for up to 3 – 4 days. Then use our favorite all time leftover turkey recipe to use it all up!!

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Turkey Crown

Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, bone in, moist, oven, roasted, turkey breast, turkey crown
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Calories 647kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

  • 1 casserole dish
  • aluminum foil

Ingredients

  • 7-8 lb turkey crown or breast, bone in
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 7 sprigs thyme
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 oranges 1 is sliced
  • 1/3 c butter softened

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 390 degrees F. Put soft butter in a bowl and add salt, dried basil, and thyme leaves. Mix the butter with the herbs to make a soft spreading paste. Rinse the turkey crown and pat skin dry with paper towels. Carefully separate the skin from the breast and lift it up.
  • Spread under the skin with butter, using a third of the total amount made. Slice the orange into thin slices (about 1/2 inch thick) and place under the skin. Four pieces will be enough, flat and then pull skin back down to cover meat.
  • Brush the turkey crown all over with the remaining herb butter and salt. Place in a high side roasting or casserole dish. Pour 1/2 cup of water or broth in the bottom.
  • Drizzle the turkey with 1/2 of your orange juiced and place the remaining sliced ​​oranges around the breast. Carefully cover the baking dish with foil and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 1 hour 40 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes at an increased temperature of 400 F to obtain a golden crust on top.
  • To check if it is ready, puncture the skin and if clear meat juice comes out, the turkey is ready. Use a meat thermometer into the thickest portion and ensure it has reached a safe temp of 165 F.
  • Remove, put foil back on top to rest for 15 minutes, then lift and slice, serve.

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Nutrition Facts
Turkey Crown
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 647 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 313mg104%
Sodium 2334mg101%
Potassium 1370mg39%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 115g230%
Vitamin A 576IU12%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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