The holidays are a time for family, friends, and most importantly, food! If you're looking to shake things up this year and impress your guests with a delicious and unique dish, look no further than deep fried turkey breast. This dish is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table. Plus, it's not as difficult to make as you might think. Here's everything you need to know about deep frying turkey breast.

What You'll Need

In order to make deep fried turkey breast, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 whole turkey breast, thawed
  • 1 gallon of peanut oil
  • 1 quart of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 large cooler
  • 1 meat thermometer
  • Paper towels
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • A platter or serving tray


Step 1: Prepare the Turkey Breast

The first step is to prepare the turkey breast. Start by removing the breast from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature. This will help ensure that the turkey cooks evenly. Next, remove the giblets from the cavity of the turkey. Rinse the turkey breast under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Set the turkey aside.                

Step 2: Make the Dry Rub  

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Rub this mixture all over the turkey breast, making sure to cover it completely. Place the prepared turkey in a large cooler and allow it to sit for at least 2 hours (but no more than 24 hours). This will help dry out the skin and allow the spices to penetrate the meat.    

Step 3: Heat the Oil  

When you're ready to start cooking, heat the peanut oil in a large pot or fryer over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.    

Step 4: Fry the Turkey Breast    

Carefully lower the turkey into the hot oil using tongs or a wire rack. Fry for 3 minutes per pound (or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit). Use caution when frying; hot oil can cause severe burns if it comes into contact with your skin.    

Step 5: Remove from Oil and Let Rest    

Once the turkey is cooked through, remove it from the fryer using tongs or a wire rack and place it on a paper towel–lined platter or serving tray. Allow it to rest for 20 minutes before carving and serving. Enjoy!      


Deep frying a turkey breast is a great way to impress your holiday guests with a delicious and unique dish. Plus, it's not as difficult to make as you might think. Just follow these simple steps and you'll have a mouthwatering meal that everyone will love!

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