Roasted Split Turkey Breast With Cajun Spices

Cajun Seasoned Split Turkey Breast
Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
603 Calories
17g Fat
5g Carbs
103g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 603
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 287mg 96%
Sodium 1251mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 103g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 976mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This split turkey breast is perfect for a small meal, and it takes just an hour or slightly longer to roast.

Roast the turkey for a holiday meal or Sunday dinner, or use it for your favorite recipes or sandwiches using leftover turkey.

For two split breasts or a whole turkey breast, double the butter, and seasonings.


  • Canola oil or vegetable oil, for the baking dish

  • 1 large carrot

  • 1 rib celery

  • 1 small red onion

  • 1 (3-pound) split turkey breast

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon Cajun spice blend or Creole seasoning

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients and preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C/Gas 4.

    Ingredients for split turkey
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  2. Lightly oil a baking dish large enough to hold the turkey breast.

    Lightly oil baking dish
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  3. Cut the carrot and celery into chunks; peel and slice the onion. Put the vegetables in the prepared baking dish.

    Cut carrot
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  4. Pat the turkey breast dry with paper towels. Place on the vegetables, skin side up.

    Rinse turkey breast
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  5. Combine the melted butter and Cajun seasoning. Rub the mixture all over the top and sides of the turkey breast. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (omit salt if the Cajun seasoning contains salt).

    Combine butter
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  6. Roast for 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the meat registers 165 F in the thickest part of the breast (not touching bone). Let the turkey rest for 10 minutes before carving.

    Roast for 1 hour
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  7. Make 1/2 recipe of the easy turkey gravy (or the whole recipe if using two split breasts) to go along with the turkey breast, if desired. If the drippings don't add enough flavor, add a little chicken base or bouillon granules. Or, use a jar of turkey gravy or make it from a packet.

    Make recipe
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  8. Serve and enjoy!