Roast Turkey Breasts with Asian Spice Rub

Roast Turkey Breasts with Asian Spice Rub

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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


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.