Lemon Herb Turkey Breast is the perfect recipe for a holiday main course loaded with fresh flavors. It's light, easy to make, and done quickly in the instant pot.

Lemon Herb Turkey Breast in the Instant Pot

Lemon Herb Turkey Breast is the perfect recipe for a holiday main course loaded with fresh flavors. It’s light, easy to make, and done quickly in the instant pot. 

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Having a few options for turkey breast recipes is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, or other holiday season meals. For this easy recipe, I used my instant pot turkey breast recipe and modified it for a different taste. Lemon herb turkey is a delicious meal to serve as the main course for any special occasion. 

If you have a large pressure cooker, you could try fitting a whole turkey. Mine isn’t big enough, though, so we always make a whole turkey breast in the instant pot. It fits well enough and since it’s smaller it reduces the cooking time. No matter the size of the turkey breast, you want to make sure it reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees F when using a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast. 

Another reason we only use a bone-in turkey breast instead of the whole turkey is that we prefer the taste of white meat in my family. Fresh herbs are always the best choice as they will have the most flavor. If you can’t get fresh herbs, though, dried herbs will work as well. Make sure to check the label for the conversion from fresh rosemary and thyme to dried rosemary and thyme. 

Pressure cooking the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner is a great alternative to using the oven for a few reasons. It’s typically a quicker cook time. You aren’t heating the oven up. Or, if you do have other dishes to make in the oven, you aren’t taking the time to make the Thanksgiving turkey in there. 

Lemon Herb Turkey Breast Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 14 oz chicken broth
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3lb frozen turkey breast, thawed
  • 1 yellow onion, halved
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

Preparation

Add chicken broth, half of the thyme, half of the rosemary, minced garlic, salt, and sugar to the bottom of the pot.

Place turkey breast on the metal rack in the instant pot over the broth mixture.

Surround the turkey breast with the halved onion, lemon, and head of garlic.

Place the butter on top of the turkey.

Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Allow a natural release of the pressure for about 10 minutes, then manually release the pressure.

Discard the remaining cooking liquid or use it to make turkey gravy from the pan drippings. Slice and garnish with lemon zest and lemon slices if desired.

Lemon Herb Turkey Breast Leftovers

Storage: Store leftover turkey breast in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. 

Reheating: The best way to reheat the turkey is in the oven. If it gets dry, you can pour chicken broth, turkey broth, or vegetable broth into the pan to let it soak that up while cooking. 

Freezing: Freeze leftover turkey breast in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: October 2, 2023

Lemon Herb Turkey Breast is the perfect recipe for a holiday main course loaded with fresh flavors. It's light, easy to make, and done quickly in the instant pot.

Lemon Herb Turkey Breast

Lemon Herb Turkey Breast is the perfect recipe for a holiday main course loaded with fresh flavors. It's light, easy to make, and done quickly in the instant pot. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Pressure Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Gluten Free
Keyword:
holidays
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instant pot
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instant pot turkey
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lemon
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lemon herb
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thanksgiving
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turkey
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Nut-Free
Servings: 10
4.91 from 10 votes

Ingredients

  • 14 oz chicken broth
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 lb frozen turkey breast (thawed)
  • 1 yellow onion (halved)
  • 1 lemon (halved)
  • 1 head garlic (halved)
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  • Add chicken broth, half of the thyme, half of the rosemary, minced garlic, salt, and sugar to the bottom of the pot
  • Place turkey breast on the metal rack in the instant pot over the broth mixture
  • Surround the turkey breast with the halved onion, lemon, and head of garlic
  • Place the butter on top of the turkey
  • Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes
  • Allow a natural release of the pressure for about 10 minutes, then manually release the pressure
  • Discard the remaining cooking liquid or use it to make turkey gravy from the pan drippings
  • Slice and garnish with lemon zest and lemon slices if desired
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Nutrition Facts
Lemon Herb Turkey Breast
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 733mg31%
Potassium 383mg11%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 370IU7%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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19 thoughts on “Lemon Herb Turkey Breast in the Instant Pot”

  1. This looks really good! Because we don’t really celebrate Christmas in our house, this would be a gorgeous meal to try making that’s still using turkey, but not the usual Xmas lunch.

  2. 5 stars
    I do like the sound of this. It would make a tasty and healthy dish to serve with veg or salad. I bet the turkey is really yummy with the lemon and herbs.

  3. 5 stars
    I love turkey and my Instant Pot. This lemon herb turkey breast sounds delicious to make all year long! It looks really yummy and the recipe is really easy to follow.

  4. 5 stars
    This turkey breast looks so tender and juicy. My husband prefers chicken, but I’m still trying to add some turkey to our menu. I`ll try your recipe.

  5. Nnniiiiccceeeee….turkey breast with some lemon to it? I think this is good and very healthy! Turkey is a favourite of mine, after chicken and duck. I look forward to trying out your recipe.

  6. This has such pretty presentation with the lovely lemon colour. I think this would look so good on a beautiful brunch spread x

  7. 5 stars
    Your Lemon Herb Turkey Breast in the Instant Pot recipe was fantastic! Your clear instructions and personal tips made it a breeze to follow, and the flavors were amazing. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    1. You may need to lower the amount of cooking time if it’s getting overcooked. I’ve also found that adding a bit more liquid to an instant pot recipe can help keep the meat from drying out.

  8. It is a delicious, hassle free way to serve a traditional entrée for smaller Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations and the best way to add an extra protein main without taking up valuable oven space for larger gatherings.

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