Festive Stuffed Turkey Breast Festive Stuffed Turkey Breast

Photography: Tango | Food Styling: Nataly Simard | Prop Styling: Caroline Simon

You don’t need to cook an entire turkey to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Here, spinach, kale, bacon and chicken, along with flavourful herbs and fruits, are stuffed into a turkey breast for a succulent gobble-gobble feast.

  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours & 30 minutes
  • Portion size 8 servings





In large bowl, combine milk and bread; let stand until bread is softened, about 5 minutes. In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate; let cool slightly. Chop bacon and add to bread mixture.

Remove all but 2 tsp bacon fat from skillet. Cook onion over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add kale and spinach; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Drain well; add to bowl. Mix in chicken, apricots, cranberries, parsley, chives, garlic and mustard. Season with salt and pepper.


On cutting board, place turkey breast between two pieces of plastic wrap. With mallet or heavy skillet, flatten to even thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Discard plastic wrap.

On double layer of plastic wrap, arrange six 18-inch lengths of kitchen string, 2 inches apart and parallel to each other. Place one 24-inch length of string in centre, perpendicular to other strings. Place turkey on strings. Spoon stuffing down centre of turkey breast; using plastic wrap, fold turkey breast over to enclose stuffing. Tie up kitchen strings to secure roll; discard plastic wrap.

Preheat oven to 350°F. In large skillet, heat 4 tbsp of the butter and the oil over medium-high heat (refrigerate remaining butter). Place stuffed turkey breast in skillet; turn occasionally to brown all over. Transfer to large plate. In same skillet, cook onion slices for 1 minute, stirring; stir in wine. Cook until liquid is reduced by half; pour into roasting pan or baking dish. Stir in broth. Place turkey in roasting pan; roast in centre of oven until instant-read thermometer inserted in centre of stuffing reaches 165°F, about 1 1⁄2 hours. Transfer turkey to cutting board; tent loosely with foil. Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove strings; slice turkey breast.

Meanwhile, pour cooking juices into saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add sage leaf; cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat; discard sage leaf. Cut reserved butter into small cubes; stir into cooking juices. Season with salt and pepper. Serve turkey breast with cooking juices.

Test Kitchen Tip: For a festive display, serve turkey over Freekeh with Roasted Root Vegetables.

Nutritional facts PER SERVING: about

  • Iron 3 mg
  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 675 mg
  • Sugars 18 g
  • Protein 78 g
  • Calories 600
  • Total fat 21 g
  • Cholesterol 240 mg
  • Saturated fat 9 g
  • Total carbohydrate 25 g
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