Hazelnut-Crusted Turkey Breast


Turkey breast is a right-size choice for a small family at Thanksgiving or any time of the year. This nut-coated version is crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Hazelnut-Crusted Turkey Breast
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Roast Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 3-3.5 pound turkey breast half with bone

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup hazelnuts (filberts)

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ cup orange marmalade

  • Oranges, halved (optional)

  • Kumquats (optional)

  • Fresh bay leaves (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove skin from turkey breast. Place turkey breast on a lightly greased rack in a shallow roasting pan. In a small bowl, combine oil, garlic, and salt. Brush oil mixture over turkey breast. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the breast. (The thermometer should not touch bone.) Roast for 45 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, place hazelnuts in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until finely chopped. Transfer nuts to a small bowl; stir in coriander, pepper, and cinnamon. Set aside.

  3. Remove turkey breast from oven. Brush surface with orange marmalade. Sprinkle with nut mixture; press gently so nuts adhere to the turkey breast. Continue roasting for 45 to 60 minutes more or until thermometer registers 170 degrees F. Remove from oven.

  4. Cover and let turkey breast stand for 15 minutes. Place turkey breast on a serving platter; slice turkey. If desired, garnish with oranges, kumquats, and bay leaves. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
8g Fat
9g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 2.5mg 14%

*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.

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