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Sage-Roasted Turkey Breast and Gravy

Tina Rupp
4 Hands-On Time: 0hr 15m Total Time: 2hr 00m


  • 1 5-pound whole turkey breast, bone in, skin on
  • 22 sage leaves
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 14-ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Heat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Place the turkey in a roasting pan. Using your fingers, separate the skin loosely from the meat. Distribute 15 sage leaves and the butter under the skin. Rub the skin with the oil and sprinkle with the salt. Roast 60 to 75 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 170ºF.
  3. Spoon 2 tablespoons of fat from the roasting pan into a small saucepan and add the chicken broth, mustard, and remaining sage leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes. In a small cup, whisk the flour and water until smooth, then stir it into the saucepan. Simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. 
  4. Carve one breast half into slices and serve with the gravy. You can slice the other breast half and freeze for later use. Pick off all the remaining meat from the carcass.
By Kay Chun,  September 2003

Quick Tip

Free-range birds have a more robust turkey flavor and substantial texture than coop-raised ones. They tend to be moist but not exceptionally so.

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 471Calories From Fat 0%
  • Calcium  61mg
  • Carbohydrate  2g
  • Cholesterol  164mg
  • Fat  23g
  • Fiber  0g
  • Iron  3mg
  • Protein  60mg
  • Sat Fat  8g
  • Sodium  800mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.

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