This Instant Pot Turkey Breast is perfect for the holidays. It’s simple to make in the Instant Pot and turns out tender, juicy, and delicious. The whole family will love this bone-in turkey breast.
Also, cooking it in the pressure cooker saves you time and frees up the oven for other holiday dishes, like sweet potato casserole and stuffed mirlitons.
If you only need to feed 2-4 people for Thanksgiving, a turkey breast is a perfect size. No sense in cooking a whole turkey and wasting it.
And, using the pressure cooker, the turkey breast cooks in the fraction of time it would in the oven. Which means you could decorate and set out the fancy place setting for dinner.
Unless your family is anything like mine, when I asked my kids to set the table for Thanksgiving dinner, they set out paper plates. Instead of my favorite holiday, dinnerware!
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using paper plates. There are so many paper plates with excellent holiday theme designs. And the paper dinnerware is perfect for easy clean-up.
Furthermore, this means more time to spend with family after dinner playing board games, telling stories around the fireplace, and watching holiday movies or the Hallmark channel.
However your family chooses to set the dinner table or decides to eat their holiday meal in the living room watching football. I know they will love this Instant Pot Turkey Breast.
Ingredients Needed for Instant Pot Turkey Breast
- 7.75 lb. bone-in Turkey Breast with Skin , thawed
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Smoked Paprika
- Half Medium Fresh Onion, chopped
- Fresh Garlic (5 cloves)
- Green Onions, diced
- Celery, cut medium pieces
- Parsley, chopped
- Chicken Broth
- Zatarain’s Butter Injector
- Optional: Cornstarch & Water
How to cook a bone-in Turkey Breast
- Remove gravy packet and turkey pieces from the cavity, Cut any excess skin. Rinse and pat turkey dry with paper towels.
- Place turkey on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Drizzle olive oil all over the turkey. Use your hands to rub the oil all over the turkey and in the cavity.
- Make a rub with the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the rub all over the turkey and cavity. Use your hands if you prefer to rub it into the skin.
- Place turkey with the cavity facing downward. Inject the turkey breast in the breast in several places with the butter injector. See video for reference.
- Pour 2 cups of chicken broth into the inner pot in the Instant Pot.
- Place onions, celery, and garlic in the chicken broth. Put the trivet in the Instant Pot. Move veggies around so, trivet sits correctly.
- Put the turkey on the trivet. Sprinkle the green onions and the parsley on top of the turkey breast.
- Close the lid. Turn the knob to the sealing position. Press the manual button and set for 35 minutes. (If you think 35 minutes is too much set for 25 minutes.)
- Once, the Instant Pot beeps let it naturally release (NPR) for 5 minutes. After the valve goes down carefully open the lid (QR) and remove the turkey breast. Make sure the Instant Pot is turned off.
- Insert thermometer and check internal temperature.It should be at least 165. Our turkey was 175 but, we prefer it that way.
- Place the turkey on a baking sheet lined with foil. Baste the turkey with some of the juice from the Instant Pot. Place the turkey in the oven under broiler for 4-5 minutes to let the skin crisp a little bit. Remove from oven, let rest a few minutes, then carve. You can skip #11 if you don’t want to crisp the skin.
How to Make Turkey Gravy
I removed 3 cups of broth from the Instant Pot and used a strainer to remove all the yucky stuff. Then I poured the broth in a saucepan on the stove on low heat.
Next, I made a slurry in a bowl with 2 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch and equal parts of water, then I slowly whisk the slurry into the juice to make the gravy. Make sure to bring the gravy to a boil, then simmer on low heat for a few minutes. Watch the gravy and whisk until done.
Also, I seasoned the gravy with salt and a little bit of Cajun seasoning. You could also freeze the broth and the carcass to use at a later time if you want.
Serve the turkey and gravy with rolls, cranberry sauce, and your favorite side dishes to make a complete holiday meal. Oh! Don’t forget dessert!
The pressure cooker turkey is perfect for serving for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, and Christmas dinner.
Oh! And of course, for New Years unless your family prefers a ham or something else.