Honey and Thyme-Brined Turkey Breast

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

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.

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.
Most Helpful

Awesome and easy! Repeating the recipe from my thanksgiving menu for Christmas dinner.

rohealy2000 December 23, 2006