I think most will agree with me that Thanksgiving and Christmas in the year 2020 have sparked some major creativity. Dinners are smaller as family members stay home, and this is no different for us. The Instant Pot gets a lot of use in our Tiny Home and Thanksgiving was no different. This year, Dave made a delightful Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy.
As you can imagine, fitting an ENTIRE turkey in the Instant Pot was going to be impossible. (Not for lack of LOTS of measuring by Dave). Enter the turkey breast solution! We did miss out on some beautiful turkey legs, but in the end a breast was the perfect amount of food for our little family of four. ANNNND the leftovers fit in our RV fridge.
Prepping for Instant Pot Turkey Breast
One of the best things about this recipe is we had almost everything available in our cabinet. Going into Thanksgiving, it was wonderful not to have to do spend an hour or more at the store. A turkey breast, some celery salt, and buttermilk. The shopping trip was in/out!
Turkey Breast and Gravy in the Instant Pot
A flavorful and moist bone in turkey breast with a flavorful onion and garlic turkey gravy made in your instant pot.
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Prep Time: 10minutes
Cook Time: 50minutes
Rest time: 10minutes
Total Time: 1hour
Author: David Wayne
Pressure Cooker, Air Fryer or Broiler
7lbsBone in Turkey Breast
1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic or garlic powder
1/2tsp Celery Salt
1 15 oz canChicken Broth
1/4 cupButtermilk or Cream
1Onion chopped medium
1Garlic Head cut in half side to side
3-6TbspWater or cooking fluid
Mix all rub ingredients in a bowl
Chop one onion
Cut a head of garlic in half (side to side) use a head with a lot of skin to make sure all cloves stay together
Remove the turkey breast from the wrapper and remove all parts from the chest cavity, they can be used in the gravy if you'd like more flavor)
Pour olive oil over the turkey breast and rub the oil evenly around the breast, pull the skin up off the breast and oil there as well
Dump the rub onto the turkey breast and rub evenly all over the breast as well as under the skin
Press Saute on your instant pot
When the instant pot is 'HOT' add 2 Tbsp of olive oil and the chopped onions
Stir the onions to mix with the oil and then let saute for 1 and 1/2 minutes
Stir well and let sit another minute
Cancel Saute and add chicken broth to the onions
Place the garlic head halves into the broth cut side down
Place turkey breast into the pot with the breasts facing up and the opening to the chest cavity down in the broth
Put the lin on the instant pot and seal the pressure release valve
Pressure cook for 6 minutes per pound of turkey breast plus 10 minute natural release (I did 40 minutes with 10 minutes of natural pressure release)
After ten minutes of natural pressure release are over, release the pressure by opening the pressure valve
Preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes or broiler
Carefully move the turkey breast to a large plate
Spray the air fryer basket well with oil and carefully move the turkey breast into the basket
Spray the turkey breast with olive oil
Air fry the turkey breast at 400°F for 8-10 minutes (keep an eye on it to make sure nothing burns and add more time if needed to get the skin as crispy as you prefer)
Move the turkey breast to a cutting board, tent with a piece of aluminum foil, and let rest for 10-15 minutes
Cancel pressure cook and press saute
Mix cornstarch and water well (use 4-5 Tbsp for a thick gravy and 2-3 Tbsp for a thin gravy)
Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the gravy
Let boil or simmer to thicken keeping an eye on how thick the boil gets
Carve the turkey breast with a sharp knife cutting down the sternum using short strokes to help follow along the sternum and clavicle (wishbone)
Slice thick slices cut in half to have large pieces of the crispy skin with each slice
When the gravy boil looks velvety like you want it, cancel saute
Plate some turkey and cover liberally in gravy and enjoy!
Feel free to bump up, add, or subtract any ingredients you’d like. Enjoy your turkey dinner!
Ready to use that Instant Pot more?
The best resource we have is all of the amazing videos that Dave has posted on YouTube. I highly recommend subscribing to his channel. If you’ve got that Instant Pot sitting by, collecting dust — his videos will inspire you to get it out and go nuts! There are weeks that the ONLY thing we use is the Instant Pot. Tiny living aside, it’s a great way to cook your dinner up fast! It also can be used as a slower cooker (stay tuned, more recipes on this soon).
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