This Maple Bourbon Glazed Turkey Breast Recipe makes a moist, juicy turkey that’s bursting with delicious smoky, sweet flavor in every bite! A great choice for the holidays!
Make the holidays a memorable one by serving up this Maple Bourbon Glazed Turkey Breast! Roasted, tender meat soaked in smoky, savory-sweet flavor makes for a meal that friends and family won’t forget!
Easy turkey recipes like this one make it possible for everyone to enjoy a flavor-packed Thanksgiving! And even if you aren’t hosting the holidays this year, this recipe is a must-try so consider having friends over for Friendsgiving!
Tasting This Maple Bourbon Glazed Turkey Breast
Taste: Ingredients such as brown sugar, maple syrup, Bourbon whiskey, and butter make for a mouthwatering turkey breast! Allowing your taste buds to enjoy smoky, sweet, and buttery meat that will leave you speechless!
Texture: The brown sugar and maple syrup cause the skin of the turkey breast to slightly caramelize. Giving it a beautiful golden-brown exterior all while remaining juicy and moist on the inside!
Cooking With Bourbon
The bourbon whiskey brings a bit of smokiness to this turkey recipe! Which works well with the other ingredients to bring a slice of sweet, smoky-flavored meat to the holiday table.
This recipe only calls for 2 tablespoons of bourbon whiskey. Therefore, feel free to use whatever you have on hand in the cabinet!
If you don’t have any on hand, you also don’t need to go out and grab the most expensive bottle either. When choosing bourbon to make this easy turkey breast recipe, Jim Beam or Evan Williams would work just fine!
The bourbon whiskey can also be replaced altogether in this recipe by using apple cider instead. If you choose to do that, I’d recommend grabbing cider from your local orchard for the best flavor!
Kitchen Tips For Making Maple Bourbon Turkey Breast
- Melt The Glaze Ingredients Together – Melting the ingredients for the glaze before using it allows the flavors to meld together perfectly. Giving a more even flavor over the entire turkey breast.
- Brush The Glaze Onto Turkey – Every 15 minutes or so of cooking, you’ll want to brush the turkey with more glaze or pan juices. Doing so will help ensure the turkey doesn’t dry out during cooking!
- Monitor Turkey’s Temperature – Use a kitchen thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of the turkey breast. This way the meat gets pulled out of the oven at the correct time without over or undercooking it!
- Allow The Meat To Rest – Once the meat has come to temperature, transfer it to a cutting board or serving platter. Then allow it to rest for 20 to 30 minutes before slicing and serving. This way the meat has time to reabsorb the juices, making for a moist, juicy turkey!
Looking for more turkey breast recipe ideas? I’ve got you covered – starting with this Herb Roasted Turkey Breast that takes just 5 minutes to prep!
And then my personal favorite, Warm & Spicy Smoked Turkey Breast! It’s brined overnight and then cooked on the smoker to delicious perfection!
How To Store Leftovers
Transfer any leftovers into an airtight container or a Ziploc bag. Then store it in the refrigerator and enjoy the leftover turkey for 3 to 4 days.
Can I Use This Recipe On A Whole Turkey And Not Just A Turkey Breast?
Yes, this recipe can certainly be used on a whole turkey. However, you’ll need to double the recipe to make a larger batch of bourbon maple glaze to fit the size of the turkey.
What Should The Temperature Of The Turkey Be When I Take It Out Of The Oven?
Remove the turkey from the oven once its internal temperature reads 160 to 162 degrees F on a kitchen thermometer. Then allow it to set in the pan on the stovetop until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
This allows the turkey to get to a safe eating temperature without overcooking and drying the meat out.
Where Can I Find A Kitchen Thermometer?
You can find them in almost any retailer, this digital thermometer is my favorite (affiliate link).
What Type Of Maple Syrup Should I Use In This Recipe?
I prefer using 100% pure maple syrup when I make this maple bourbon glazed turkey breast. However, feel free to use whatever you’d like!
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Maple Bourbon Glazed Turkey Breast
- 3.5 lb boneless skin-on turkey breast or 5lb bone-in
- 2 celery stalks cut into thirds
- 1 yellow onion quartered
- 1 apple halved
- 1 lemon halved
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 2 tablespoons Bourbon whiskey
- 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar packed
- ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Pat the turkey breast dry and place it on a roasting rack in a small roasting pan.3.5 lb boneless skin-on turkey breast
- Add the celery, onion, apple, lemon, and thyme to the roasting pan around the turkey.2 celery stalks, 1 yellow onion, 1 apple, 1 lemon, 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- Pour in the chicken broth.1 cup chicken broth
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper.4 tablespoons salted butter, 2 tablespoons Bourbon whiskey, 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Brush the glaze all over the top of the turkey breast and roast for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, brushing with more glaze (or pan juices) every 15 to 20 minutes. The turkey is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 160 to 162°F, the turkey will continue to cook once you remove it from the oven and should get to 165°F before consuming. This allows the turkey to get to the proper temperature without overcooking and drying out.
- Transfer the turkey breast to a cutting board or serving platter to rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving.
- Bourbon can be substituted for apple cider if desired.
- Double recipe for a whole turkey.