We're thrilled to share our Air Fryer Turkey Crown recipe with you. A simple yet delicious way to cook a turkey that's perfect for any occasion, especially Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner.
In this post, we'll walk you through each step of cooking a turkey in the air fryer, providing clear instructions and handy tips.
We understand that not everyone has access to the same ingredients or equipment, so we've included suitable substitutes where possible.
This recipe is about keeping things simple without sacrificing taste, giving you a perfectly cooked turkey crown cooked in the air fryer whilst keeping the oven space free for all your side dishes.
Have you got a whole turkey? Check out our guide for how to cook a small whole turkey in the oven.
How to Cook a Turkey Crown in the Air Fryer
To make things even easier, we've incorporated visuals to guide you through cooking a turkey with juicy meat and crispy skin.
So, whether you're a seasoned home chef or a novice in the kitchen, this air fryer turkey crown recipe will indeed become a favourite. Let's get air frying!
Or, continue reading the entire post for more seasoning ideas and cooking tips.
Let's dive into the ingredients for this Air Fryer Turkey Crown recipe.
This is the star of the show. A turkey crown is the whole turkey breast on the bone (bone-in turkey breast) with the legs and wings removed.
Sometimes, the rib cage and drumettes (the part the wing attaches to) are left intact, as seen in our pictures on this blog. If you can, it is best not to have these, as during cooking, they tend to stick up and touch the top of the air fryer heating elements.
For us, it was a small enough joint to leave them on. If you run into problems with the size, you can cut the drumettes and rib cage off before or during cooking and lay them under the crown.
What size turkey will fit in the air fryer?
The turkey size will depend on whether the ribcage and drumettes are attached and your air fryer basket size.
We have used a mini 1.4kg turkey crown from Tesco, which fits perfectly in the Ninja dual air fryer basket. You could always air fry two minis, one in each basket, perfect to feed the whole family on Christmas Day!
You can get a larger bone-in turkey breast joint if you have a bigger air fryer. Adjust the turkey crown cook time if you buy a larger joint.
You'll need olive oil to ensure your turkey doesn't dry in the air fryer. This will help keep the meat moist and tender while giving the skin a beautiful golden colour. Any olive oil or vegetable oil will do the trick.
Salt and Pepper
Simple seasoning is often the best. Good quality sea salt and freshly ground black pepper will enhance the natural flavours of the turkey without overpowering it.
Olive oil with salt and pepper is all that's needed for this air fryer roast turkey. Try out some of our optional extra seasoning ideas to give your turkey crown an extra boost of flavour, especially at Christmas time!
A bit of butter under the turkey skin adds richness and flavour to the turkey meat and helps keep the meat juicy. Add some mixed herbs, crushed garlic cloves, or garlic powder in the butter (only for use under the skin to prevent burning).
Do not use fresh herbs while cooking turkey in the air fryer as they will char. Just sprinkle on top after serving. Thyme or rosemary both pair well with turkey.
Cranberry Sauce makes the perfect glaze for your Christmas Turkey Crown; it's so easy to add a layer of cranberry sauce over the cooked turkey skin for the last 5 minutes of cooking in the air fryer.
Another way to add some extra flavour is to add bacon or pancetta slices over it. These can be added towards the end of cooking for the last 15-20 minutes.
Remember, cooking should be fun and flexible, so feel free to tweak these ingredients to suit your personal taste or dietary needs. Happy cooking!
With the right tools in your kitchen, you can easily create a mouthwatering turkey crown. Here's what you'll need.
We used the Ninja Dual Air Fryer for this recipe, one of our favourite kitchen gadgets! If you don't own a Ninja Air Fryer, don't worry! You can use any air fryer. It may affect cooking times.
Turning it halfway through is essential to ensure your turkey crown cooks evenly. Use two forks for this task - they offer a firm grip, simplify the turning process, and help avoid accidental burns.
A meat thermometer will give peace of mind that the air fryer turkey breast is cooked through. It provides an accurate temperature reading, ensuring the turkey has been cooked to a safe internal temperature.
InstructionsIf you're eager to start, jump to our step-by-step printable instructions for a quick and easy guide to creating a delightful turkey crown.
But if you prefer a more leisurely approach, stick around as we walk you through the process of cooking a turkey in the air fryer in a friendly and approachable manner. Either way, deliciousness awaits!
Begin by preparing your main ingredient - the 1.4 kg turkey crown. Remove the turkey crown from its packaging, discard any juices and packaging materials, place the turkey on a plate and cover it with cling film. Allow it to come to room temperature an hour before cooking.
Pat dry using kitchen paper towels. This allows the oil and seasonings to adhere better, ensuring maximum flavour.
Once your turkey crown is prepared, it's time for seasoning. Drizzle it with olive oil - you can spray it or rub it in your hands.
After the turkey is coated in oil, season it with salt and pepper on all sides. Remember, the seasoning should cover all areas for an even flavour.
If you're feeling adventurous, check out some other seasoning ideas we suggested earlier.
Air Fryer Temperature
Next, prepare your air fryer. Make sure to lightly spray or rub the bottom of your basket with olive oil or line it with an air fryer liner to prevent the turkey from sticking.
Set your air fryer to 200°C (400°F). There is no need to preheat the air fryer. Place your seasoned turkey crown in the greased air fryer basket, breast side down.
Air Fryer Turkey Crown Cooking Time
Times written here are for a 1.4kg turkey crown; adjust cooking time accordingly depending on the size of your turkey and air fryer.
Cook the turkey breast side down at 200°C (400°F) for 25 minutes.
After this cooking period, use two forks to carefully flip the turkey so it's now breast-side up.
Continue to cook the turkey breast skin side up at the same temperature for an additional 25 minutes.
Check out that crispy skin on the juicy turkey!
Cooked Turkey Temperature
After cooking the turkey, check its internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the breast. It should read at least 75℃/167℉. Ensure the probe is inserted into the turkey breast meat, avoiding contact with the bone.
While a thermometer is the most accurate method, there are alternative ways to check if your turkey crown is done without one.
One common method is the fork test. Pierce the turkey with a fork or knife in the thickest part of the breast. Your turkey is likely ready if the juices run clear and the meat is not pink.
You can also press on the thickest part of the meat and judge its firmness. Fully cooked poultry should feel firm to the touch.
Note: These methods aren't as accurate as using a thermometer. Cooking times can vary due to factors like the size of the turkey crown and your air fryer temperatures accuracy. Always cook your turkey thoroughly to prevent illnesses.
Finally, let your cooked turkey rest for 30 minutes before carving and serving. This is a crucial step as it allows the juices to redistribute throughout the turkey, resulting in a more tender and juicy meal.
Use this time to gather your guests, set the table, or prepare any last-minute sides. Once the resting period is over, garnish your turkey crown with fresh herbs, and it's ready to serve!
Enjoy this delicious, air-fried turkey crown that's perfectly crispy on the outside with succulent, juicy meat on the inside. Happy eating!
Serving Suggestions for Air Fryer Turkey Crown
Our delightful Air Fryer Turkey Crown takes centre stage at Christmas as a sensational main course. It can also be part of a quick and easy weeknight dinner. We have delightful suggestions to complete your meal.
Christmas Side Dishes
Feast your eyes on this delectable plate of goodness, featuring succulent goose fat roast potatoes (or try our air fryer roast potatoes), fluffy Yorkshire puddings, sweet carrots, honey-roasted parsnips, delectable stuffing balls, and a tangy cranberry sauce. That will surely tantalize your taste buds! 🍽️🤤
Here are some more of our top recommendations:
Everyday Side Dishes
If you're serving the turkey crown for a regular family meal, keep things simple yet satisfying with these everyday side dishes.
Sweet, juicy air fryer corn on the cob adds colour to your plate and contrasts the savoury turkey.
📖 Step by Step Recipe
Air Fryer Turkey Crown
- 1.4 kg Turkey Crown
- 1 ½ tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 large pinches of Salt and Pepper see notes for more Seasoning Ideas
- Ensure the crown fits in your air fryer!! Remove and discard packaging and the excess juices, place the 1.4 kg Turkey Crown in the switched off air fryer to bring to room temperature for one hour before cooking. (do not skip this step the breast joint needs to be at room temperature for even cooking throughout)
- Pat dry turkey crown thoroughly with a kitchen paper towel. Clean the air fryer tray and basket.
- Rub 1 ½ tablespoon Olive Oil all over the turkey using your hands. Be sure to cover it all.
- Sprinkle 2 large pinches of Salt and Pepper on both sides of the turkey crown, and rub into the skin.(See blog post for more exciting seasoning ideas)
- Use some extra olive oil or a spray oil to grease the bottom of your air fryer basket or line it with an air fryer liner.
- Place your seasoned turkey crown in the air fryer basket, breast side down.
- Set your air fryer to 200°C (400°F). Cook the turkey crown for 25 minutes with the breast facing down. *Cooking times given are for a 1.4kg turkey crown. Adjust time to suit the size of your turkey crown.
- After 25 minutes of cooking, carefully flip the turkey crown over using two forks.
- Flipping halfway is key ensures the skin crisps evenly on both sides.Continue to cook the turkey (at 200°C / 400°F) for another 25 minutes.
- Once the turkey crown has had a total cooking time of 50 minutes, open the drawer and check the internal temperature of the cooked turkey. It should read at least 75℃/ 167℉ at the thickest part (check the thickest part of the turkey breast). Make sure the thermometer is in the meat and not touching the bone.If you do not have a thermometer, cut a deep slit into the thickest part of the turkey breast and check the cooking juices are running clear.
- It is important to let the cooked turkey rest for 30 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the turkey, resulting in a more tender and juicy bird. Add some fresh herbs to serve.
- Carve and serve with your favourite sides.
Cooking TimesAdjust cooking time depending on the size of your turkey crown We can not fit a larger turkey in our air fryer drawer, so we have not cooked a larger one before, but if you have a larger air fryer, add extra time and test with a meat thermometer for doneness!
Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Turkey
Have some leftover turkey? No worries! We have some fantastic suggestions that transform your leftover turkey into new and exciting meals.
Give your leftovers an Asian twist with our Singapore Noodles recipe. Traditionally made with cooked chicken, these noodles are just as delicious when made with leftover turkey.
Remember, all these recipes come with easy-to-follow instructions and handy visuals, making it easy to whip up these dishes.
Air Fried Turkey Storage
Storing leftover poultry properly is crucial to maintain its freshness and prevent foodborne illnesses. Here's how you can do it.
Allow the cooked turkey crown to cool down at room temperature. However, be sure not to leave it out for more than 2 hours as this can promote bacteria growth.
Refrigerate or Freeze
Once cooled, carve off any remaining meat from the turkey crown.
Place turkey in airtight containers or wrap it tightly with aluminium foil or plastic wrap before storing. Refrigeration is sufficient if you use the leftovers within a few days.
If you need to store it longer, freezing is the best option, always defrost before reheating.
When you're ready to eat the leftovers, reheat the turkey until it's hot throughout.
Want to make your own Christmas Pudding this year? We have the perfect recipe, and the beauty is that it can be made six weeks ahead or just a few days before. We have recipes showing you how to cook Christmas Pudding in a steamer or a slow cooker Christmas Pudding.
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