Looking for a fabulous fall meal? Make my turkey breast recipe for sheet pan dinner!
Craving Thanksgiving dinner? This Turkey Breast Recipe for a delicious Sheet Pan Dinner is a fun twist on the classic, without the fuss! And make sure you brine your turkey breasts with my Simple Turkey Brine recipe.
Are you tired of turkey dinners? I hope not! If you're like me, you usually equate "turkey dinner" with a lot of work, but that's the beauty of this Turkey Sheet Pan Dinner. Since this is cooked in parts (not the whole bird!) and on only one pan with all of the fixins' you're in and out of the kitchen quickly. The best part? Only one pan to wash! (You know I love my sheet pan dinners.)
Plus, I think it is the best leftover turkey recipe you can find! It's an easy dish to put together, but it's also fancy enough to serve for a dinner party or a special dinner with your significant other - just put everything on a platter like I have in these photos and it makes a beautiful presentation. People will be so impressed and only you will know how easy it really was!
How long do you cook a turkey per pound?
The beauty of this turkey breast recipe is that you don't have to worry about how long to cook it since you aren't cooking the whole bird! But if you want to cook a whole turkey and use the leftovers, the general rule is roughly 15 minutes per pound of bird. This is from the USDA guidelines.
Turkey Breast Recipe Shopping List:
Here is what you'll need:
- 10-12 pound Turkey
- 3 large parsnips
- 1 bunch of carrots
- 5-6 Brussel sprouts
- ½ cup whole cranberries
- 5-6 Potatoes
- Seasoning Salt
- Garlic Powder
- Olive Oil
Items You May Also Need:
- Rimmed Baking Sheet
- Serving Platter
- Extra-large cutting board
- Parchment Paper or Aluminum Foil
I use this Rimmed Baking Sheet because it is durable and the rim means I don't have to worry about anything spilling in my oven (I hate cleaning my oven!) Use parchment paper or aluminum foil to make clean up even easier for this meal.
For a list of some of my favorite items to use when cooking, and why I chose them, please visit my Kitchen Resource page.
How to Make Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner in the Oven
Cooking a turkey sheet pan dinner in the oven is a cinch! Just follow these steps (the entire printable recipe is below):
- Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey and rinse off the entire bird.
- Joint out the turkey, cutting out the legs, thighs, and wings.
- Cut out both breasts.
- Marinate overnight
- Bake in the oven, on the sheet pan, for about an hour.
Change It Up! Turkey Dinner Ideas:
This recipe is so easy to make your own. Try some of these variations to make a new dinner with the leftovers:
- Turkey Fried Rice - just take the leftover turkey, some rice, and chop up the leftover veggies and make a delicious new dinner
- Sweet Potatoes - instead of white potatoes, use sweet potatoes for a new flavor experience
- Mashed Potatoes & Turkey Gravy - instead of baked potato wedges, mash up some potatoes. Use drippings from the turkey and make a gravy. YUM!
- Thanksgiving Sandwich - there's nothing basic about this sandwich that uses leftover turkey. It's a twist on a classic.
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Next time, try one of these tasty recipes:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries - this is the best Thanksgiving side dish
- Cinnamon Butternut Squash - this would a delicious alternative to potatoes
- Oven Roasted Acorn Squash - a scrumptious combination of sweet and savory
- Easy Sheet Pan Dinners - a round up full of easy sheet pan meals you will love.
Turkey Breast Recipe for a Sheet Pan Dinner
It's so simple! Now for the complete recipe below!
Turkey Sheet Pan Dinner
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- 1 Turkey approx. 10 - 12 lbs.
- 3 Parsnips large
- 1 bunch Carrots
- 5 – 6 Brussels Sprouts
- ½ C Cranberries whole
- 5 – 6 Potatoes medium
- 1 – 2 teaspoon Seasoning salt
- 1 teaspoon Rosemary
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- Wash and pat dry thawed turkey. (Remember to remove neck and small package of liver/giblet/heart that’s inside the cavity)
- With a sharp knife, carefully joint out the turkey, freeing up both legs, thighs and wings.
- With the breast bone, cut down the center of the breast and around the bottom to free up both sides of the breast. Leave skin on if you wish.
- Laying all pieces out on a board, season with listed spices and herbs on both sides of the turkey pieces.
- Package up turkey pieces and let season/marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and lay out turkey pieces so that there is plenty of room for air to circulate. (You may need 2 sheet pans to do this). Set aside.
- Peel and cut your parsnips, carrots and potatoes.
- Halve the Brussels sprouts.
- Gather them all in a bowl and drizzle 2 Tbsp. of olive oil on them. Mix them up to distribute the oil, and season with salt, pepper.
- Arrange them around the turkey pieces along with the cranberries.
- Bake in the oven for approximately an hour or until a thermometer reads 175 – 178 degrees. Remove from oven and tent with tin foil for 10 minutes to allow further cooking.