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Sage-Roasted Turkey Breast and Gravy

Real Simple SEPTEMBER 2003

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 5-pound whole turkey breast, bone in, skin on
  • 22 sage leaves
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 14-ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water


Heat oven to 450º F. Place the turkey in a roasting pan. Using your fingers, separate the skin loosely from the meat. Distribute 15 sage leaves and the butter under the skin. Rub the skin with the oil and sprinkle with the salt. Roast 60 to 75 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 170º F.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of fat from the roasting pan into a small saucepan and add the chicken broth, mustard, and remaining sage leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes. In a small cup, whisk the flour and water until smooth, then stir it into the saucepan. Simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Reserve 1 1/4 cups gravy for another use.

Carve one breast half into slices and serve with the gravy. Slice the other breast half and freeze for later use. Pick off all the remaining meat from the carcass; refrigerate.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 61mg
  • Calories: 471
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Carbohydrate: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 164mg
  • Fat: 23g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Protein: 60mg
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Sodium: 800mg

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