Roast Turkey Breasts with Asian Spice Rub

Roast Turkey Breasts with Asian Spice Rub

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Ingredients

1 5-pound bone-in turkey breast
1 (generous) tbsp kosher salt
1tsp Sichuan peppercorns
1 whole star anise
1/2 cinnamon stick 
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp whole cloves
zest of 1 orange, grated

Directions

Place turkey breast, skin side up, on a rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan.  Coarsely grind salt, Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and cloves in a spice grinder.  Add orange zest to spiced salt mixture.  Rub spices all over turkey skin and let turkey stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Arrange a rack in center of oven and preheat to 500 degrees F.  Roast turkey for 25 minutes.  Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 155 degrees F–160 degrees F, about 40 minutes longer.  Let turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.

Serve.