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Perfect Air Fryer Turkey Breast {Feeds 2-4}

Easy Air Fryer Turkey

Looking to cook a turkey without turning on your oven? Good news! A turkey breast roast or tenderloin can easily be cooked in your air fryer. I love cooking in my air fryer as the meat comes out tender and juicy inside.

This can be a great option for an easy dinner or use it if you’re making a small Thanksgiving dinner for just a few people. It will also cook more quickly than in a traditional oven so you can eat sooner!

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I was skeptical when my husband first wanted to get an air fryer but I am now a total convert! I make quick things for my kids like chicken nuggets and fish sticks that can be done in under 10 minutes. I also make air fryer pork chops and air fryer chicken parmesan all year long.

Now we’ve added this air fryer turkey breast to our repertoire and it’s absolutely delicious and easy too!

My favorite air fryer is our Cuisinart TOA-60

Turkey Seasoning Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

We used about a 3 lb boneless turkey breast roast when we made this. You’ll just want to be sure your turkey roast is coated completely so use a little more or less of the seasonings as required.

turkey breast with seasonings

How to Air Fry a turkey breast

1 – While you prepare your turkey you can go ahead and preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees on the air fry setting.

2 – Mix together all the seasonings.

3 – Rub the turkey breast liberally with oil then season all sides with your seasoning mix.

4 – Place in the basket of your air fryer and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You’ll want to turn it several times to avoid burning a side.

Be sure to have the drip tray underneath to avoid a mess inside your air fryer.

turkey breast in air fryer basket

Your cooking time may vary based on the wattage of your air fryer so keep an eye on it and consult your manual if possible!

When the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees it’s done. You’ll want to check it with a meat thermometer.

5 – Allow the turkey to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve on a platter surrounded by some fresh herbs for a fancy touch.

sliced air fryer turkey on white platter

How to eat it

You can of course it it just as it is, the meat will be tender.

Serving it with gravy is another option if you like that extra touch.

It also makes a great sandwich, cold or warm, which is one of my favorite things to do with any leftovers.

What sides should I serve?

We love to eat this with mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, and bread. Turkey has a mild flavor so you can really pair it with whatever sides are your favorite!

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Yield: Feeds 3-4 people

Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin

air fryer turkey breast

Easy turkey breast roast made in an air fryer.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3lb boneless turkey breast roast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Set air fryer to 360 degrees on air fry setting so it can begin warming up.
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients.
  3. Coat turkey breast with the olive oil and then coat all sides with seasoning mixture.
  4. Cook for 45 minutes - 1 hour turning several times.
  5. Once meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees remove from the fryer.
  6. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


Cook time will vary based on the wattage of your air fryer and exact size of your turkey breast. Keep an eye on it and consult your manual if possible.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 535Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 272mgSodium: 867mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 103g

Nutrition is a rough estimate. Will vary based on exact products and quantities used.

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Air Fryer Thanksgiving Turkey

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