Air Fried Spice Rubbed Turkey Breast

a person pouring sauce on top of turkey slices.

By: Chef Asha Gomez

10 hours, 10 minutes

25 minutes

Total Servings: 6



For the brine

1 cup boiling water

½ cup salt

¼ cup sugar

1 cup ice

6.5 pound turkey breast (leave the bone and skin on, makes for a juicer-more delicious bird)

Cold water to cover the turkey

For the rub

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

1 tablespoon whole allspice

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons refined peanut oil*


Let me begin by saying I think turkey is one of the most delicious birds. In my home, Thanksgiving meals happen not just on Thanksgiving, but about four times a year - my friends and family will concur. Full disclosure, I’ve never wanted an air fryer, maybe because I have two ovens and a steam oven in my home, but I had to buy an air fryer to test this recipe and I now see for myself why people love it so. The peanut oil, and spices, combined with the cooking process in the air fryer made for delicious, juicy turkey.

For the brine

Place the salt, sugar, and boiling water in the pot and mix until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add a cup of ice, place the turkey in the pot and fill with cold water to cover the turkey. Cover pot and refrigerate overnight.

For the rub

Remove the turkey breast from the brine, pat dry and set aside. In a spice or coffee blender, finely grind the black peppercorns and whole allspice (there’s nothing more magical smelling in a kitchen than fresh ground spices). Remove the spices from the spice blender and place in a small bowl. Add salt, peanut oil and mix well. Using your hands or a brush rub/brush the spice mix all over the turkey. Place the turkey onto the air fryer pan and place it in the bottom rack of the air fryer  (I used a 20 quart air fryer). Set the air fryer at 350°F for 1 hour 40 minutes. Remove from the air fryer and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Notes: You can find black peppercorns and allspice in most grocery stores in the spice aisle.

*Refined peanut oil is not required to be labeled as an allergen by the FDA. For more information about refined and unrefined peanut oil, visit:

Nutrients Per serving

Fat32 g
Trans Fats0 g
Cholesterol 70 mg
Carbohydrate 19 g
Protein26 g
Sodium600 mg

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