Honey and Thyme-Brined Turkey Breast

“From Cooking Light. Recipe by Bruice Aidells. Per 4 oz. serving: 207 calories, 5.9 g fat, 34 g protein, 2.5 g carb, 0.2 g fiber, 78 mg cholesterol. Allow 24 hours for turkey to soak in brine.”
1hr 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons pepper, and 6 thyme sprigs; bring to a boil then remove from heat.
  2. Pour mixture into a large bowl; cool to room temperature.
  3. To the bowl: add 6 cups water, salt, honey, and sugar, stirring until salt and sugar dissolve.
  4. Pour salt mixture into a 2-gallon heavy-duty zip-lock plastic bag.
  5. Add ice and turkey; seal.
  6. Refrigerate 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  7. Remove turkey from bag; discard brine.
  8. Pat turkey dry using paper towels.
  9. Rub turkey with oil.
  10. Mix together 1 tablespoon pepper and chopped thyme, rub over turkey.
  11. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  12. Place turkey on a roasting pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  13. Bake for 1 hour or until meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion reads 180°F.
  14. Place turkey on a platter.
  15. Cover with foil and let stand 15 minutes.
  16. If desired, garnish with thyme sprigs.

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