Thursday, November 10, 2022

Thanksgiving 101: Spicy Maple-Glazed Air-Fried Turkey Breast #turkeybreast #airfryer #thanksgivingfood #cookinghealthy

Thanksgiving is just around the it's time to finalize your Turkey Day menu. If you're like me? Oven space is at a premium on Thanksgiving. I have a perfect solution: cook a turkey breast in your air fryer! The end result of my Spicy Maple-Glazed Air-Fried Turkey Breast is juicy, flavorful turkey breast meat. It's flavored inside and out with a generous amount of a simple homemade rub...and a flavorful sweet-spicy glaze.

Spicy Maple-Glazed Air-Fried Turkey Breast
a Weekend Gourmet Original
Ingredients (for a 3-lb. bone-in turkey breast):
  • 3-lb. bone-in turkey breast (skin on)
  • Olive oil spray
For the glaze:
  • 2 TBS pure maple syrup
  • 1 TBS Dijon mustard
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic-flavored hot sauce [NOTE: I use Crystal]
For the rub:
  • 1 TBS Creole seasoning [NOTE: I use Chef Paul Prudhomme Poultry Magic]
  • 1 tsp. marjoram
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried lemon peel (or fresh lemon zest)
Step 1: Make the glaze. Add maple syrup, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and hot sauce to a measuring cup or small bowl. Whisk until completely combined, then store in the fridge until it's time to glaze the turkey breast.
Step 2: Make the rub. Add the Creole seasoning, marjoram, garlic powder, thyme, sea salt, pepper, and lemon peel to a small bowl. Stir to completely combine. Place the turkey breast on a plastic cutting board. Place half the spice rub under the skin of the turkey breast, directly on the meat. Rub the other half of the spice mixture on the exterior of the turkey breast.
Step 3: Spray the interior of your air fryer with the non-stick olive oil spray. Place the seasoned turkey breast in the air fryer, skin side down. Using your fryer's manual mode, cook the turkey breast at 375°F for 10 minutes.
Step 4: After 10 minutes of cooking, turn turkey breast skin side up in the air fryer. Cook an additional 10-15 minutes. Use a spoon to evenly drizzle the glaze on the exterior of the turkey. Raise the temperature to 400°F and cook turkey breast for 5 additional minutes.
Step 5: The final 5 minutes of cook time is to crisp the turkey's skin and caramelize the maple glaze. Carefully remove the cooked turkey breast from the air fryer using a long fork and spatula. Place the turkey breast on a serving platter to cool for 10 minutes before carving.
When ready to serve, use a sharp serrated knife to thinly slice the turkey breast. Serve with your choice of side dishes -- farro or mashed potatoes are ideal!

This turkey was so delicious -- we don't typically serve turkey outside of the holiday season, but this recipe definitely changed my tune. The air fryer method is f
ar superior to any turkey I've roasted in a traditional oven. The skin is crispy, and the breast meat was tender and juicy -- a difficult trick to pull off! The glaze gives the turkey a sweet-spicy tang, and placing spice rub both on the turkey and under the skin ensures the meat is flavorful too! 

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