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How Long do You Cook Turkey Breast? Find Out!

Prepping for a holiday meal and wondering how long do you cook turkey breast, as opposed to a whole turkey? Here you'll find a turkey breast cooking chart for different sized turkey breast and all sorts of different cooking methods.
If you're looking for turkey cooking charts for a traditional roasted turkey breast, you'll find it here. But if you're looking to make a turkey breast in fryer, smoker, grill, or crockpot and wondering how long do you cook turkey breast this way, you'll find the answers right here. Or check this page for step by step instructions for cooking a turkey breast.

Cooking a whole turkey instead of a breast? Then you'll need to visit my page on cooking times for whole turkeys.

How Long do You Cook Turkey Breast in the Deep Fryer?

Frying a whole turkey is something that's becoming more and more popular. But in order to do it, you need lots of special equipment and a safe outdoor space.

Frying a turkey breast, on the other hand, is a lot simpler. Especially if you have a small breast, you can deep fry a turkey breast right in your kitchen in a large stock pot. It's easy, it's safer that using a huge outdoor fryer, and the results are to die for. To do this, simply follow your favorite deep fried turkey recipe, scaling down for a turkey breast.

Turkey Cooking Chart for Fried Turkey Breast

A turkey breast should be fried for about three minutes per pound, plus an extra five minutes overall. Which means the real answer to how long do you cook a turkey breast in the deep fryer is... not long at all!

Breast Size Fryer Cook Time
3 lbs. 14 minutes
4 lbs. 17 minutes
5 lbs. 20 minutes
6 lbs. 23 minutes
7 lbs. 26 minutes
8 lbs. 29 minutes

How Long do You Cook Turkey Breast in a Crock Pot?

Cooking a turkey breast in a crock pot is one of the easiest, tastiest ways to make it. You don't get the crispy skin like you would by oven roasting your turkey breast, but you do get juicy, tender, flavorful meat that falls right off the bone.

This cooking method for turkey breast is also really forgiving. You can basically cook a turkey breast in the crock pot for as long as you want. Because it cooks along with some liquid, it doesn't dry out.

Turkey Cooking Chart for Turkey Breast in the Crockpot

Final cook time for your turkey breast will depend entirely on your crock pot. For some, the "low" setting is really low... but for others it will cook faster. This chart is only a guideline. Get to know your crock pot and adjust these times accordingly.

Breast Size Time in Crockpot
3-4 lbs. (thawed) 5-6.5 hours
5-6 lbs. (thawed) 6-7.5 hours
3-4 lbs. (frozen) 8.5-9 hours
5-6 lbs. (frozen) 9-10 hours

How Long do You Cook Turkey Breast in a Smoker?

Using a smoker is another low, slow cooking method that results in a tender, juicy bird. But it also gives you a crisp skin and tons and tons of flavor. Check here for an overview of how to smoke a turkey, or here for step by step instructions for smoking a turkey. Both apply perfectly to smoked turkey breast as well as smoked turkey.

Turkey Cooking Chart for Smoking a Breast

The cook time for a smoked turkey breast will depend on the temperature of your smoker --which will be affected by the type of smoker you use and the weather outside. But at a smoker temperature of about 250 degrees F, you need about an hour for pound of turkey breast.

Breast Size Smoking Time
2-3 lbs. 2-3 hours
4-5 lbs. 4-5 hours
6-7 lbs. 6-7 hours

Be sure to test the bird with a meat thermometer (or use one of these handy electronic meat thermometers that will test the temperature throughout). It's done when the internal temperature reaches 165-170 degrees F at the thickest part.

How Long do You Cook Turkey Breast on a Grill?

If you use indirect heat on the grill to cook a turkey breast, and at lower temperatures, the cooking time will be equivalent to the smoking time described above-- after all, a grill can be easily used as a smoker. But you can also grill a turkey directly over the flames and get a good result.

In order to grill a whole bone-in turkey breast, you'll need to be sure to split the breastbone so the breast will lie flat on the grill. Otherwise, it may not cook through evenly.

Turkey Cooking Times for Breast on the Grill

When cooked over a low flame, a small turkey breast will take about 20 to 25 minutes, covered. A larger turkey breast will take 25 to 45 minutes. If your turkey is getting blackened from the flames before it's completely cooked through, finish cooking it in a 350 degree oven until the internal temperature reaches 165-170 degrees F.

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