Savory Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry-Orange Glaze

By Danielle Dolin

by Danielle Dolin

Thanksgiving often revolves around the centerpiece of a succulent turkey, but who says a healthier option can’t be just as delicious? Our Savory Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry-Orange Glaze is a lean and flavorful alternative that embraces the spirit of the season without compromising on taste. Elevate your Thanksgiving feast with this wholesome main dish that’s sure to impress both your palate and your health-conscious guests.


For the Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast:

  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (approximately 4-5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

For the Cranberry-Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Pat the turkey breast dry with paper towels. Place it on a roasting rack set inside a roasting pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried sage, salt, black pepper, and minced garlic to create the herb rub.
  4. Rub the herb mixture evenly over the surface of the turkey breast, ensuring it’s well coated.
  5. Roast the turkey breast in the preheated oven for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the skin is golden and crispy.
  6. While the turkey is roasting, prepare the cranberry-orange glaze. In a saucepan, combine fresh cranberries, maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, and balsamic vinegar. Simmer over medium heat until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Once the turkey is done, brush a generous amount of the cranberry-orange glaze over the surface. Return it to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes to allow the glaze to caramelize.
  8. Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving.
  9. Carve the turkey breast, drizzle with any remaining glaze, and serve as the star of your health-conscious Thanksgiving feast.

Our Savory Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry-Orange Glaze is a delightful departure from the traditional Thanksgiving turkey, offering a lean and flavorful option for those seeking a healthier celebration. With a herb-infused roast and a zesty cranberry-orange glaze, this dish embodies the festive spirit while keeping your commitment to well-being intact. This Thanksgiving, savor the flavors of the season with a main course that’s both wholesome and delicious.

Danielle Dolin is a prolific writer and serves as the Managing Editor at the Christian News Journal. A dedicated mother of four daughters, she calls Southern Arizona home. Danielle’s passion for journalism extends beyond her professional role; she imparts her knowledge to homeschool students as a dedicated teacher. In her cherished moments of respite, you can find her engrossed in the pages of books or engaged in the world of video games. Her multifaceted life is a testament to her commitment to family, education, and her unwavering love for storytelling.

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