Roasting a whole turkey is an all-day ordeal, but roasting a turkey breast in the air fryer is ready in under and hour!

sliced turkey and parsley on parchment paper across and red and white striped towel

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How to Make It

numbered steps to make air fryer turkey

Note: Depending on the size of your turkey breast, you may need to adjust the time. Always check your temperature before you slice!

  1. Rub oil onto the turkey breast and sprinkle both sides with spices.
  2. Put the turkey in the air fryer basket. I use parchment paper under the turkey to make cleanup easier!
  3. Cook for about 40 minutes at 360°F or 182°C, flipping turkey breasts halfway through cooking. Make sure your turkey is at least 165°F!
  4. Rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving!
sliced seasoned turkey breast on parchment paper

Can I cook a frozen turkey breast in the air fryer?

Unfortunately, a frozen turkey breast doesn’t do well in the air fryer.

Because it cooks so fast, it would be very overcooked and dry — not ideal!

If you have a frozen turkey breast, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before air frying.

Allow 24 hours of thaw time in a 40°F fridge for every five pounds of turkey.

sliced seasoned turkey breast on a white plate with cherry tomatoes and steamed broccoli

What size air fryer do I need to cook a turkey?

To cook a 3-pound turkey breast, like in this recipe, you need at least a 3-quart air fryer.

When you place your turkey in the basket you space everything out as much as possible, aiming for nothing touching.

This will help with even cooking as well as getting the outside brown and crispy!

steps to make air fryer turkey
sliced turkey breast on a white plate with tomatoes and broccoli
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5 from 7 votes

Air Fryer Turkey

This Air Fryer Turkey Breast recipe is a great healthy weeknight main dish! Let your air fryer do the work and you reap the rewards.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 378kcal



  • 3 lb. turkey breast
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp paprika


  • Rub oil onto turkey breast. Combine seasonings and sprinkle on all sides of turkey.
  • Place turkey breast in air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 360°F or 182°C for 20 minutes. Flip breast and cook another 20 minutes. Turkey should be 165°F.
  • Rest turkey for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.



Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 73g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 1283mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 229IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.


  1. 5 stars
    I had a turkey breast in the fridge and we made this for lunch. It turned out moist and delicious!

    1. Hi Carolyn, thanks for stopping by and checking out the recipe AND making it! So glad the timing worked out that you had a turkey breast in your fridge. So glad you loved our air fryer turkey!

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t know that using as air fryer was so easy. I have been seeing some really great recipes using them. This recipe looks like a must try!

  3. 5 stars
    I have been cooking turkey this way for years in my convection oven but love this air-fryer recipes for nights when it is only my husband and I.

  4. 5 stars
    Such a creative and delicious use of the air fryer! Such an easy recipe, and so flavorful. Plus, it never hurts to have such a budget friendly dish. Thank you for the great recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    I am so happy I’ve found an air fruer turkey recipe. I’ve always made turkey in a different way but sooo ready to use air fryer for it now!

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I think it comes down to a personal preference, but I do not brine it when I cook it in the air fryer because it cooks a bit quicker. I do brine when I oven roast 🙂

    1. Yes, It can. I haven’t personally tried it but members in our air fryer group have talked about it. I would start at 350F 20 minutes, turn over and cook for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160F It may vary based upon the size of the turkey breast but it gives you a starting point 🙂 Let is rest 10 minutes before carving.

5 from 7 votes

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