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Spice Up Your Holidays with Tandoori Turkey Breast


If you are like us, this is your favorite time of the year. Beautiful fall vegetables adorn the markets, your cupboard smells wonderful with freshly stocked spices and mouth-watering recipes fill your inbox. Tis the cooking season and nothing starts the season off better than a perfect Thanksgiving turkey!

But what if you aren’t really into frying or roasting a whole bird.  If you are hosting a smaller affair, whether it’s the last minute Friendsgiving or an impromptu dinner party, you will need a more appropriate sized main dish. The split turkey breast is your answer. The bone-in cut takes only 40 minutes to cook and gives you plenty of juicy white meat and crispy skin. Now, while you are perusing your books and websites for a one of a kind recipe to impress your family and friends, consider taking a bolder approach.

The Tandoori Turkey Breast: smoky and aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, paprika, and cardamom are whisked into yogurt to create a delicious and tenderizing marinade for the turkey breast. The bright color and the juicy texture of the final roasted bird will impress for sure! Our recipe uses only 5 ingredients including one of our favorites, organic Tandoori Masala. Trust us, once you try this…turkey will never be the same again!

Tandoori Turkey Breast

Active cook time: 1 hour

Serves: 4

You need:

  • 1 split turkey breast (half breast, bone-in)
  • 4 tablespoons Tandoori Masala
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • Salt to taste



Step 1. Whisk the yogurt, 1 tablespoon salt, tandoori masala, and the grated ginger and garlic together. Pour marinade into a 1-gallon zip lock bag.


Step 2. Place the turkey breast in the bag, seal it shut. Massage the breast in the marinade in the bag and refrigerate overnight.


Step 3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lift the turkey breast out of the bag shaking off excess marinade and place on a baking sheet lined with a rack.


Step 4. Roast turkey breast for 35-45 minutes in the oven until a meat thermometer reads 165 F degrees. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Step 5. Carve the breast into slices at an angle and serve the festive dish with sides like Superghee Greens and Garam Masala Sweet Potatoes (see below).

Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Active cook time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4

You need:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes- peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala
  • 2 tablespoon Superghee

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss sweet potatoes with superghee, garam masala, and salt to taste.  Spread across an oven proof pan. Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cooked. Remove from heat and serve.


Cumin and Ginger Spinach

Active cook time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

You need:

In a large skillet over medium-high heat add the superghee and cumin seeds. Toast for a minute. Add the spinach. Turn the heat off and allow the spinach to wilt into the cumin-infused ghee. Season with salt and serve.
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1 comment

  • It’s what’s for dinner! Oh my! Too easy and looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    Daniel Halley

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