Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Nov 20, 2009 10:48 AM

Turkey for One?

My SO is going to be alone for Thanksgiving – his choice, but I'd like to make a small version of the dinner for him before I go away. If I want to cook a portion of turkey just enough for one or two (so he has some leftovers), does anyone know if I can buy just a breast, or a leg and thigh, or some such portion of the bird? Do they sell turkeys in pieces like chicken? I don't want to buy it precooked, I'd like to make it myself. I'm in San Francisco, so if anyone knows a store in the area . . . The sides are all easy to scale down, it's just the main I'm worried about. Thanks in advance for any tips.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I don't live in your area, so I cannot help you directly with any sources.....but I would suggest you simply go to your favorite market.....they probably have them in parts already....worse case scenario if not, just purchase a whole turkey and have them cut it up or in half for you to roast what you wish.

    The going rate for fresh turkey is about $1.50 per pound, so a 12-14 pounder is approximately $20 or less. You can freeze the used portions for another day.

    1 Reply
    1. Many years ago, when my husband and I spent Thanksgiving without any family around I cooked a turkey roulade with a turkey breast wrapped around stuffing. Gave us a turkey fix without cooking an entire turkey. There are recipes on epicurious. You should easily be able to purchase a turkey breast.

      2 Replies
        1. re: mountaincachers

          The rolled turkey is exactly what I do for the whole family....along with two extra turkeys.

        2. Mission Market Fish and Poultry sells turkey breasts and legs. I think other places do as well. A turkey breast is pretty big. I think you can get a half, but that would still probably feed him for more than 2 meals. If you aren't familiar with this place, it is in the back of the Mission Food Hall. You can also enter from the back on Bartlett Street where there is metered parking.

          Mission Market Fish and Poultry
          2590 Mission St
          (between 21st St & 22nd St)
          San Francisco, CA 94110
          (415) 282-3331

          1 Reply
          1. re: debby

            i AM familiar with that place, and love it! thanks! i just hadn't gotten around to actually looking yet. thanks very much for everyone's help.

          2. You can buy pieces of Turkey in most supermarkets. I've seen packages of Turkey Legs, Turkey Thighs, and Turkey Breasts (both bone-in and boneless).

            Jenni-O sells packaged skinless boneless Turkey Breast Portions (whole and sliced) that would be perfect for 1or 2 diners.