Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Air Fryer Turkey Breast is so quick and easy to cook and turns out wonderfully juicy with crispy, golden skin.

Air Fryer Turkey Breast in air fryer basket.

Perfect for a small Thanksgiving celebration or any time you are in the mood for turkey.

Quick Cooking Time

Forget about waiting hours for a turkey to roast. This Air Fryer Turkey Breast can be done in as little as 45 minutes. Plus it frees up the oven for making lots of yummy sides and desserts.

Air Fried Turkey Breast on serving platter with fresh herbs.

How To Make Air Fryer Turkey Breast

  • Dry the turkey breast and coat with a little oil. Season with salt and pepper, rubbed sage, and poultry seasoning.
  • Air fry skin side down at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Flip over, brush the skin with melted butter and air fry another 25 to 35 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. The butter adds flavor and will get the skin golden and crispy. Let turkey rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Air Fryer Turkey Breast on serving platter.

What Size Turkey Breast?

Look for a turkey breasts that is 2.3 to 4 pounds. Much larger and you will have trouble fitting it inside your air fryer basket. Try slow cooking it instead. Look for a bone-in turkey breast.

How Long To Cook

It takes about 15 minutes per pound to air fry turkey breast. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature towards the end to be sure you don’t overcook it. Overcooked turkey is horribly dry. Turkey is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.


Leftover turkey will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use it for turkey sandwiches, Turkey Corn Chowder, or Leftover Turkey Jambalaya.

Make a Gravy

You can use the drippings in the bottom of the air fryer basket to make a small batch of gravy.

Recipe Tip

The turkey will cook best if you let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before air frying it.

Cooking a turkey breast in the air fryer is the absolute easiest way to make a turkey meal for Thanksgiving.

Carved turkey breast.

Perfect Sides To Serve With Turkey

Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Air Fryer Turkey Breast is so quick and easy to cook and turns out wonderfully juicy with crispy, golden skin.
Prep Time12 minutes
Active Time45 minutes
Course: main dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving
Yield: 4


  • 1 (2½-pound) turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon rubbed sage
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  • Pat turkey breast dry with paper towels.
    Coat with olive oil.
    Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of turkey.
    Sprinkle skin side with rubbed sage and poultry seasoning.
  • Place turkey in air fryer basket skin side down and air fry at 350 for 20 minutes.
  • Flip over and brush skin with melted butter. Air fry at 350 for 25 to 35 minutes.
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