NuWave Turkey Breast
This is a great meal for your Nuwave/Flavorwave oven from frozen! Your house will smell yummy!
- 1 turkey breast
- Canola oil
- Seasoning of choice
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 75mins
Rinse it off turkey breast and pat dry with paper towels. Rub with some canola oil (or butter if you prefer) in which I've mixed some salt and pepper. Add other seasonings and herbs as you like but know that some may burn slightly during roasting, such as garlic. That's why I stick with the basics. To reduce fat, you can skip the oil or butter.
Place the breast on the 1" rack on one of its sides (breasts). If you have the extender ring, I recommend using it. If not, you may want to tent the bird with a loose sheet of aluminum foil, just to keep it from browning too much. I actually like my skin very browned so I don't bother with the foil. That is up to you.
If you use foil, the convection air in the oven may move the foil around which you do not want. If you have a big enough piece, you can likely tuck a couple of corners under the rack to keep it secured while still keeping some space between the foil and the bird.
Set the temperature to 325°F. On the older models (which I have), that is the default setting. I believe some of the newer models have higher temperature settings.
If defrosted, cook for about 12 minutes per pound. If frozen, about 15 minutes per pound. I say about because there are many factors which will affect the cooking time --- including whether or not you are using the extender ring.
Always check the internal temperature of the meat using a reliable quick read thermometer. Your target temperature for white meat is 160°F. It will continue to cook some while resting after cooking and that will raise the temperature to about 170°F. I recommend checking a bit earlier than the time allotted. Sometimes, it will be done in less time than you expected and you don't want to overcook and dry out the turkey. You can always cook more but you can't do a thing once you have overcooked it.
Important -- turn the turkey over half way through the cooking process. You have browned one of the breasts. Now it's time to do the other side for the last half of the cooking time. If you are using foil, I would take it off about 10 minutes before you flip the breast for better browning. Then put the foil back on after you have turned it over and then take it off again during the last 10 minutes of cooking the alternate side.
When done and your thermometer reads 160°F when inserted into the deepest part of the meat (and not touching any bone), set it on a rack or a large plate, cover it loosely with foil again, and let it rest for about 20 to 30 minutes before carving. Enjoy!
This recipe assumes you are cooking a full double breast. If just the half breast, you can probably cut down the cooking time slightly (maybe 10 minutes per pound but still be sure to check with the thermometer for doneness). And you probably won't need the extender ring or foil because the meat will not get so close to the heating element at the top. Start with the skin side down with a single breast then flip it over halfway through the cooking time.
Many factors affect cooking times and temperatures in every kind of oven, not just the NuWave. Good cooks always make adjustments as needed if it doesn't turn out perfect the first time. That is a natural process. But with turkey, it is almost foolproof!
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