Kimchi-Stuffed Turkey Breast



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

50 minutes; 30 minutes active



Instead of stuffing a whole bird with bread cubes, try stuffing a turkey breast with vegetables and Korean flavors. A juicy braise, infused with ginger, chilies and mirin keeps the turkey moist and tender. This could become your favorite turkey dish!


  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed butternut squash, ½ inch
  • 1/2 cup kimchi and 1 tablespoon of kimchi juice
  • 1 1/2 pound turkey breast, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or other neutral oil)
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 slices fresh ginger
  • 4 dried red chilies
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1/2 cup mirin (rice wine)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • Kitchen twine


  1. In a small pot over medium heat, warm sesame oil and add scallions and squash cubes. Saute for a few seconds, then add the kimchi and juice and cover; reduce to medium-low heat to braise the squash for 5 to10 minutes. When the squash is tender, remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Prep turkey: Place skin-side down and find the small tenderloin muscle on one side of the breast, and gently pull the tenderloin open, leaving it attached. Where the tenderloin meets the breast, make a cut into the breast, parallel to the cutting board, dividing the meat into two slabs, but not cutting all the way through. Cover with waxed paper and use a meat hammer to gently pound into ½-inch thickness.
  3. Spread the squash mixture down the middle of the turkey. Roll tightly and tie shut using twine. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  4. In a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat, drizzle oil and heat for a few seconds. Place the turkey roll, skin-side down, in the oil and let sear for 1 to 2 minutes before turning with tongs. Brown on all sides.
  5. Sprinkle the onion, garlic cloves, ginger and chilies around the turkey breast and stir frequently as the turkey browns.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the water, soy sauce, mirin and brown sugar and pour around the roll, stirring the vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover.
  7. Cook, turning the breast every 10 minutes, for about 45 minutes, until the center of the turkey registers 165 F.
  8. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board, and let it rest while you boil the remaining liquids to thicken, about 5 minutes. Strain the liquids into a heat-safe cup or gravy bowl and pour over slices of turkey at serving.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with rice and seasonal green vegetable, such as sauteed kale or steamed broccoli.

Nutritional Information

390 calories, 15 g. fat, 75 mg. cholesterol, 1980 mg. sodium, 26 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, 30 g. protein