What Are the Best Ideas for Thanksgiving Turkey Breast?

Laura M. Sands

Brining a Thanksgiving turkey breast before cooking is one of the best ideas for preparing a Thanksgiving meal. Other ideas include cooking turkey breasts in gravy for added flavor and roasting meat with aromatic herbs. Thanksgiving turkey breast portions can be prepared in a variety of ways, including baked, fried and roasted. Leftovers can also be prepared to create brand new flavorful main and side dishes.

A roast turkey.
A roast turkey.

Creating a preparation for the raw turkey before cooking is one of the best ideas for Thanksgiving meals. One idea involves soaking turkey pieces in a salt brine in order to add delicious flavoring to the turkey meat. Brining involves creating a mixture of salt, sugar and water, and soaking Thanksgiving turkey breast pieces in the mixture for a set time prior to rinsing the brine off and cooking.

A turkey.
A turkey.

Thanksgiving turkey breast portions can also be roasted with herbs and cooked in a homemade gravy before serving. Using herbs like sage and bay leaves add flavor and a rich aroma to roasted turkey. Preparing Thanksgiving turkey breasts in this way is often preferred by cooks since the main dish can be prepared in approximately one hour, which is less than the time usually required to roast an entire Thanksgiving turkey.

Leftover turkey can be used as a filling for enchiladas.
Leftover turkey can be used as a filling for enchiladas.

Many options exist for preparing Thanksgiving turkey breast meat, including roasting turkey pieces, oven baking breasts and deep frying breasts. With each option, seasonings and spices may be added to create an aromatic blend of flavors and colors. Individual Thanksgiving turkey breast portions can even be stuffed with different fillings, such as cranberry, bacon and mushrooms.

Salty brine actually makes turkey meat juicier via osmosis.
Salty brine actually makes turkey meat juicier via osmosis.

After Thanksgiving, turkey breasts that are left over can be used for creating sandwiches, meat can be shredded and used for pizza toppings or breast meat can be used to create flavoring for turkey stew. Meat can also be used to make turkey enchiladas or tacos, as well as mixed into rice with herbs for a flavorful side dish. Leftover Thanksgiving turkey breast can also be chopped and mixed into raw vegetables to create a low-fat, high-protein salad.

Implementing the best ideas for Thanksgiving turkey breast recipes may require careful planning based on who will be consuming the meal. This might mean accommodating special diets and preparing meat in ways that guests prefer. Investing time in researching a variety of recipes found in books and on the Internet can help. Popular recipe and food preparation television shows are also a good way to find and select recipes for turkey breasts, as well as side dishes to accompany a Thanksgiving meal.

Turkey breast can be served with gravy.
Turkey breast can be served with gravy.

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You know, I have never really liked turkey. I think it is just kind of boring. I was talking to my wife about this a few years back and she said that she agreed. Right then we decided to do something besides turkey for Thanksgiving.

One year we did a pork loin, another year a beef loin. A friend gave us some amazing fresh venison once. We still eat all the traditional sides, but we have upgraded to more interesting meats. Why rest on tradition when you could be having a truly delicious meal?


Most Thanksgiving it is just my husband, my sister and I so we do not need to cook a whole turkey. I end up with a lot fewer leftovers if I just buy a turnkey breast.

And what is even better, since the breast is a much smaller and more manageable piece of meat there are a lot more options for preparing it.


Thanksgiving has been at my house for the last 20 years. I usually have about 30 people and I make the biggest turkey I can find. It has always been a great day and a nice meal, but often my turkeys tuned out dry, bland, or just kind of boring. Turkey is a very mild meat and it needs some help.

I have been able to make amazing turkeys over the last few years because I have started brining the bird a day before I cook it. This involves soaking the bird in a combination of saltwater and flavorings. The flavors infuse into the meat and the salt helps the bird to stay juicy through the long cooking time. It is seriously good turkey, trust me.

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