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Tarragon Turkey Breast

Tarragon is a fragrant herb with a taste reminiscent of anise. Use leftover turkey for sandwiches or wraps or serve again with sweet potatoes and cranberries.

Tarragon Turkey Breastturkey breast


  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1 turkey breast (5 lb. with ribs)
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley, loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon

To prepare the marinade:

Combine the shallots, tarragon, orange zest, salt, pepper, orange juice and broth in a small bowl.

With a paring knife, loosen the skin from the turkey.

Place the turkey in a 2 gallon sealable plastic bag or glass pan. Marinate the turkey in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Drain the turkey and discard the marinade. Mix the parsley with shallots and tarragon. Stuff the mixture under the turkey skin.

Place the turkey on a wire rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake until internal temperature of the turkey reaches 170 degrees on a meat thermometer, about 2 hours. Cool for 15 minutes.

Remove the skin of the turkey. Slice and serve or refrigerate for later use.

Serves 10

Nutrition Facts:
Per Serving: 220 calories, 1 gram fat, 2 grams carbohydrate, 47 grams protein, 97 milligrams sodium

Note: For a more “after-work friendly recipe”, purchase 3 lb. turkey tenders. Roasting may take 20 minutes or less, but check temperature for doneness.

Nutritional Counseling at the Abramson Cancer Center

Nutritional counseling is offered to patients at the Abramson Cancer Center through the Tracey Birnhak Nutritional Counseling Program. Our dietitians provide sound nutritional advice to people with cancer, and specialize in creating nutritional plans that fit with your treatment plan, and lifestyle. 

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