Planning a family dinner or a small-scale Thanksgiving meal? You don't have to worry about cooking a whole turkey and having all that leftover turkey...unless you want to. Yes, you can cook your Thanksgiving turkey in an electric pressure cooker. And our Instant Pot turkey breast is so easy to cook.
Pro tip: for that perfect crispy skin, you'll want to either finish the turkey on air fryer mode (check out how we did this with chicken wings) or give it a little bit of cooking time under the broiler just to make the turkey golden brown and to give the skin a crispy finish.
Cooking turkey in the pressure cooker means you only need to allot a fraction of the time for cooking your Thanksgiving dinner (or weeknight dinner). Since turkey is a healthy meat option, it's a good idea to have several turkey recipes in your recipe book. Our complete recipe is at the bottom of the post.
What Side Dishes To Serve with Turkey White Meat?
Trying to figure out what to serve with your turkey dinner? Don't worry! Here are the side dishes we like to serve with turkey, whether it is Thanksgiving day or any other day of the year.
- Mashed potatoes- there are many versions to choose from including cheesy potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, red mashed potatoes, and traditional mashed potatoes.
- Gravy- turkey gravy is always a tasty side to serve right on top of turkey breast, potatoes, and yes...even on stuffing.
- Cranberry sauce- yes, you could go for the canned version of cranberry sauce that so many of us grew up on, or you could make your own homemade version of this classic side.
Can I Make Turkey Gravy With This Recipe
Yes, you can make turkey gravy with this recipe. Skip the gravy packet! We use the turkey drippings from the beginning for the recipe when you saute the turkey and then scrape off the bottom of the pot.
The juicy turkey breast provides the perfect turkey gravy juices. This means, you don't need to add another cup of chicken broth after the meat cooks... you can use the cooking liquids for the gravy.
When the turkey finishes cooking, remove the turkey and either finish it in the air fryer or under the broiler. This will make a tender turkey breast that has the perfect crispy skin on the top of the turkey.
While the turkey is crisping, you can work on making up a little gravy. You should have plenty of liquid from the turkey cooking.
A good rule of thumb is to strain the liquid and remove fat, bones, and meat that might have fallen off the turkey. Return the strained liquid to the pressure cooker and turn on saute.
While the liquid boils, whisk in a slurry of equal parts cornstarch and water.
Once the gravy thickens, pour it into a small bowl for serving. Remember, this recipe is for a smaller crowd, so you don't need a huge amount.
Slice up the turkey breast and then drizzle a small amount of delicious gravy over the turkey slices. The best part of the entire process is taking that first bite of your roast turkey.
What Is A Turkey Breast Roast?
In the case of turkey, roasts are typically infused with additional liquids and seasonings to ensure they don't dry out prior to cooking. Turkey breast roasts are sold ready to cook.
While you can sous vide chicken or turkey (in an Instant Pot), pressure cooking turkey breast is a perfect way to prep this delicious cut of meat.
What Is The Minimum Internal Temperature For Turkey?
You want to cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. If the turkey is consumed under 165 degrees, you could become sick with food poisoning. It's important to make sure you always cook food to the appropriate temperature to ensure safety measures are met.
Can I Use a Frozen Turkey Breast?
However, for this Instant Pot turkey breast recipe, we recommend you use a thawed turkey breast roast. However, you can cook frozen turkey breast in the Instant Pot.
How To Use Leftover Turkey
- Turkey sandwiches
- Soup - chicken noodle soup is just as good when you swap out turkey for the chicken. Same with chicken tortilla soup and chicken taco soup!
- Turkey pot pie - this recipe is for chicken pot pie, but you can use turkey.
- White Chicken Chili- simply sub out the chicken for turkey and make it a White Turkey Chili. You won't regret it. This is an all time favorite way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey, from the dark meat to the white meat.