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Dec 28, 2008 07:44 AM

how long to cook boneless turkey breasts

I am roasting two boneless turkey breasts. I understand that you should cook them to an internal temperature of 165F, but I do not have a meat thermometer. So, I wanted to get a general idea of how long they should cook and someone suggested 20 minutes per lb. But is this time for the total weight of the breasts or based on the individual weights of the breast. That is, should I cook based on a total weight of 3.5 lbs or a weight of 1.75lb/breast? Thanks.

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  1. If the breasts are separated i.e., not tied together, time should be for the average weight of one. When I made Bittman's deconstructed turkey for thanksgiving, the breasts were browned, then roasted for only 30 min. They turned out fine.

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    1. re: Joebob

      Score the skin and rub in salt, pepper and dried herbs. I cooked a massive breast for the Holidays for three hours, basting every 30 minutes and it was a juicy wonder :-) Sorry I have no idea about weight as I cook by the eye.

    2. Your turkey breasts would be totalled serpatetaly, if they are split. Rub the skin with oil, salt & pepper. Pre-heat oven to 325 F., and roast 15 minutes per pound. With no meat thermometer, I check that the juice runs clear (not pink), when skin is pierced. Remove from oven, let sit for about 15 minutes or so.