Air Fryer Butter Roasted Turkey Breast

Makes 8 Servings

  • Total Time: 55
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40

Turkey is Thanksgiving’s centerpiece, and an air fryer makes preparation seamless. Whether you’re hosting Friendsgiving or preparing sandwiches for the week ahead, this simple recipe is a fool-proof introduction to preparing a buttery and flavorful bird. Read on, get cooking and become a holiday hero.


  • 5 to 6 pound bone-in turkey breast, rib bones removed*
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Air-fryer roasted turkey breast


1. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine the butter, chopped fresh herbs, lemon zest, salt and freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl.

3. Gently slide your fingers underneath the skin to loosen the skin away from both sides of the turkey breast.

4. Place a third of the herb butter under the skin, massaging it over the turkey breast meat. Repeat on the other side. Spread the remainder of the butter on the outside of the turkey. It’s fine if it doesn’t spread evenly since it will melt in the air fryer anyway. 

5. Place the turkey breast skin-side up in the air fryer basket. Air-fry for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

6. Use a turkey baster to suck up the drippings from the bottom of the air fryer. Turn the turkey breast over so it is now skin-side down. Air-fry for another 20 minutes.

7. At the end of the second 20 minutes, carefully turn the turkey breast over again so it is back to skin-side up. Check the temperature of the turkey breast with a quick-read thermometer interred into the thickest part of the breast. The temperatures should be approaching 155 to 160 degrees. Baste the turkey with additional drippings from the bottom of the air fryer, then air fry the turkey breast for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, stopping periodically to baste the turkey and check the temperature. Air fry until the skin is crispy and the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer.

8. Place the turkey breast on a cutting board and tent it loosely with foil. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. While the turkey rests, pour the juices from the bottom of the air fryer into a measuring cup or fat separator. Let the juices sit for 10 minutes and ladle or pour off the grease that rises to the surface. Strain the drippings and either use them to make gravy or simply pour the juices over the sliced turkey breast.

* Make sure the turkey breast will fit into the air fryer. Trim the rib bones with a pair of sharp poultry scissors as needed to ensure the turkey fits entirely in the air fryer basket.

Sliced air-fryer turkey breast for Thanksgiving


Sides for the Thanksgiving Feast

Turkey alone does not make Thanksgiving! Try serving these two classic sides that have irresistible twists:
  1. Dress up your veggie game this Thanksgiving with our Cheesy Green Bean Casserole recipe. Between the bacon and the layers of parmesan and cheddar, everyone will want to dig in. 
  2. Speaking of bacon, this Super Cheesy Bacon and Onion Potato Gratin is so gouda, your guests will want the recipe too.