Pressure Cook Turkey Breast easily in Ninja Foodi with Crispy Air Fryer Skin, no boring Turkey Recipe here! Make Thanksgiving a SNAP and clear up the oven space for more delicious sides (the way we like it)!
When it comes to the holidays I love everything but making the turkey- after all, this is a side dish site. But partly that is due to the longevity of turkey making….hours and hours hours. Admittedly last year I skipped that step and did the whole Publix pick up turkey thing. I should be ashamed but I am not. But fast forward to this year and insert the pressure cooker.
The pressure cooker makes a fall off the bone delicious turkey breast that takes the timing incredibly down AND leave the oven open for all the side dishes, an incredible win for families everywhere. The only downside in this case is that if you want a 30 pound turkey, that will not be happening in the Instapot or the Ninja Foodi, so this recipe is more for small family gatherings with turkey breasts that are in the 6-8 pound range and can fit into the pots.
Please note that this recipe was done with the 6.5 quart Ninja Foodi pressure cooker and any alterations will need reference to the Ninaj Foodi recipe booklet that comes with your machine OR if you have an alternative machine, double checking the timing based on the size of your turkey.
Ninja Foodi Turkey Breast Recipe
✔Air Fryer ✔ 6.5 quart Ninja Foodi ✔ Thanksgiving
The Ninja Foodi all in one pressure cooker makes it SO easy to make a fall off the bone turkey breast for your family. Year round turkey can be a thing – enjoy turkey sandwiches and left over turkey any day of the year, but more importantly and more common, on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please read below to see our Ninja Foodi Turkey Breast recipe and seasonings as well as some tips to create your own beautiful holiday spread this year!
- 1 cup water
- 1 fresh turkey breast, 6-8 lbs, thawed or partially thawed
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- fresh rosemary for garnish (Optional)
Pressure Cooking Turkey Breast
Place the roasting rack in the pressure cooker insert and add 1 cup of water.
Place the turkey on the rack.
Put the pressure cooker lid on and seal shut.
Close the pressure release valve.
Pressure cook on high, for 40 minutes.
When cooking cycle is complete, naturally release for 10 minutes and then quick release pressure.
Air Fried Turkey Breast
Carefully open the instant pot and brush the turkey with melted butter.
Mix seasonings together and sprinkle on top of the butter.
Place the air fryer lid onto the Foodi and air crisp the turkey at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
When cooking is complete, open the Foodi and carefully remove the turkey breast by lifting the rack (silicone gloves help).
Let rest for 5 minutes before carving and serving.
Serving size depends on size of turkey, our 6.5 pound approximately serves 8-12.
Common Ninja Foodi Questions with Turkey Breast
How do I move the turkey to readjust for seasoning skin? After you are done pressure cooking the turkey breast, you may find that it was placed in on the wrong side for optimal skin seasoning and buttering. You can see I put the turkey in on it’s side. I had to reposition the turkey after the PC function in order to put butter on the skin and crisp it. it’s not hard, a set of tongs or two forks, but you do need to be careful it doesn’t fall apart, because it’s so tender and the bones will pull right out.
What if turkey breast is frozen/thawed/in between? As always, no matter what pressure cooker you are using, if there are any changes in your turkey size, pound, frozen or thawed, its always a good idea to refer to your Ninja Foodi hand book. I suggest that as a starting point for people with a similar but different appliance as well.
Is this turkey frozen in your recipe? My turkey wasn’t frozen, but it wasn’t completely thawed either. It was in the fridge for 2 days and the center was frozen but the outside was thawed. To thaw in your turkey, make sure you put it into a bowl because it will leak all over your fridge. And a plate isn’t deep enough to hold all of the juices.
Will there be enough liquid for turkey gravy? There will be TONS of liquid left so you can easily make your own gravy with the drippings if desired.
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Ninja Foodi Turkey Breast
- FIRST STEP: Pressure Cook Turkey Breast
- Place the roasting rack in the pressure cooker insert and add 1 cup of water.
- Place the turkey on the rack.
- Put the pressure cooker lid on and seal shut.
- Close the pressure release valve.
- Pressure cook on high, for 40 minutes.
- When cooking cycle is complete, naturally release for 10 minutes and then quick release pressure.
SECOND STEP: Air Fry Turkey Breast Skin
- Carefully open the instant pot and brush the turkey with melted butter.
- Mix seasonings together and sprinkle on top of the butter.
- Place the air fryer lid onto the Foodi and air crisp the turkey at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
- When cooking is complete, open the Foodi and carefully remove the turkey breast by lifting the rack.
- Let rest for 5 minutes before carving and serving.