Buffalo Turkey Breast – Make your own lunch meat

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Baking your own turkey breast marinated in buffalo sauce is so much healthier and cheaper than buying deli meat.  Plus it is easy.

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Easy, Economical, Healthy - Buffalo Turkey Breast Meat Recipe

My idea of the perfect lunch is a big sandwich or sub.  New Jersey subs have ruined me for all other subs.  I still remember the little store called “Hershey Subs” in Westfield, NJ.  I am drooling just thinking about their subs.  Think of a fresh sub roll, layered with the best Italian meats, lettuce, tomato and especially the oil and vinegar.  If you have never had a great sub, you are probably wondering what is so great about it.

The ratio of fresh roll to Italian meat will have you swoon.  You can see the meat.  It is swallowed up by the roll. The oil and vinegar mixture is icing on the cake or the sub, in this case.  I’ve eaten a lot of subs (probably not something to brag about), but I have never recaptured my memories of their subs.  It has probably been 15 years since I’ve had a sub from Hershey’s Subs.  I wonder if it would live up to my memories.

Since I live 850 miles away from Hershey’s Subs and lunch meat is not exactly good for you, I’ve started making my own.  It is easy, economical and you can make different flavors.  This one is a new favorite, Buffalo Turkey Breast.  I roast a whole turkey breast on the bone.  Don’t be scared of the bone.  It will keep your turkey breast moist.  You don’t have to be an expert carver to slice if off the bone. No one is going to know if you don’t get it exactly right.  Gordon Ramsay isn’t standing over your shoulder in your kitchen watching your every move yelling at you.

Easy, Economical, Healthy - Buffalo Turkey Breast Meat Recipe

When I am cooking a whole turkey breast like this (having 2 turkey breasts), I like to freeze one half of the breasts.  It is perfect for casseroles or last-minute dinners.  I’ll thinly slice the other one and freeze in half pound packages.  That way I can defrost exactly what I need.  It is that easy.  Can you just imagine all the fun sandwich combinations you can make?

 I’ll be sharing turkey sandwich recipes over the next few months.  Best of all, I can make a delicious and healthy sandwich for lunch. I really prefer turkey instead of chicken.  Did you know that 4 oz of raw turkey breast actually has less fat and cholesterol but more protein than chicken? Also 4 oz. raw turkey breast is 1 Weight Watchers Smart point where the same amount of chicken is 2 points. Ha! That is a huge bonus. I can make a huge sandwich and be satisfied for hours.

When it comes to turkey, I am picky about the brand I use.  My favorite is Honeysuckle White Turkey (aka Shady Brook Farms on the East coast). They promise to raise turkeys without any growth promoting antibiotics. Their turkeys are also hormone and steroid free, and they do not use growth promoting antibiotics. That is very important to me.  Plus I was lucky enough to meet one of their 700 independent family farmers and tour the facility.

Meeting Farmer Glenn made a big impact on me.  His farm is a family affair, and they are very proud of farm.  I felt such peace visiting his farm, the quiet beauty of the landscape, seeing horses run, cows grazing and the warmest welcome from the family.  While the farm may be an old family business, Farmer Glenn loves to invent environmentally healthier ways to farm.  I was blown away but his inventions.

Easy, Economical, Healthy - Buffalo Turkey Breast Meat Recipe

So run to the store and buy a Honeysuckle White Bone-in Turkey Breast.  Make your lunch healthier and save some money by making your own lunch meat.  Freeze one of the breasts so you are ready for the new sandwich recipes I will be preparing for you.  Long live lunch!

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Easy, Economical, Healthy - Buffalo Turkey Breast Meat Recipe

Easy, Economical, Healthy - Buffalo Turkey Breast Meat Recipe

Buffalo Turkey Breast - Make your own lunch meat

Course Lunch, Main Dish, Turkey
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 10 hours
Servings 3
Calories 112 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 2 tbsp non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 in Honeysuckle bone- young turkey breast


  1. Mix together yogurt, buffalo sauce and salt.
  2. Place the turkey breast side down on a plastic cutting board.
  3. With a paper towel, pat dry the turkey skin.
  4. Starting at the neck of the turkey, cut down one side of the backbone. (I like to use sharp kitchen shears).
  5. Turn the turkey around and cut down the other side of the backbone.
  6. Flip the turkey over and press down with your hands onto the top middle of the breasts to break the breastbone.
  7. Cut away an excess fat.
  8. Using your index finger, gently separate the skin from the breast meat. Try not to tear the skin or remove it.
  9. Spoon the marinade under the skin and massage into the turkey meat.
  10. Flip the turkey over and massage more marinade into the back of the breast.
  11. Rub skin with any leftover marinade.
  12. Place in a baking dish and cover with foil.
  13. Refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
  14. Remove turkey from refrigerator 1 hour before cooking.
  15. Preheat oven to 325•.
  16. Spray a wire rack with cooking spray.
  17. Place a wire rack onto a large baking sheet.
  18. Place turkey breast up onto the wire rack.
  19. Bake until the internal temperature of the breast reaches 165•.
  20. Place on a cutting board and let rest for at least 30 minutes.
  21. Cut the turkey breasts off the bone and slice thinly.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 2 Weight Watcher smart points for 3 oz.

Nutrition Facts
Buffalo Turkey Breast - Make your own lunch meat
Amount Per Serving
Calories 112 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Protein 17g 34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,


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Easy, Economical, Healthy - Buffalo Turkey Breast Meat Recipe


  1. Now you give me an idea for our tomorrow dinner. such a simple yet flavorful recipe.thx
  2. This is perfect for sandwiches, it looks so yummy!
  3. This looks wonderful and easy! 'd love having this lunch meat all week long! I'll have to try this!
  4. Hi Christie.. Sounds delicious I'm always looking for ways to make delicious lunches especially for the kids
  5. Mmmmm.... I love a good turkey breast sandwich, or piled on top of salad. This sounds so deliciously flavourful!!
  6. We eat a lot of poultry in my house and this looks delicious. I think my husband would love the buffalo flavor. Love that you can flavor it up to your tastes.
  7. My mom is a huge turkey fan. I remember as a child she would make use turkey sandwiches. I need to share this with her! Your pictures are beautiful!
  8. we actually bought a meal slicer so we could do our own lunch meat, and I saw some buffalo chicken breast at the deli counter just the other day...it's a sign, I need to make this over the weekend for next week's lunches. sounds delicious Christie
  9. Hi Christie, great idea to have ready protein at home. I have a question, could you tell me the rough weight of the turkey. It looks about 1.8 to 2.4kg in your pictures/ videos. I might be off. :)
  10. I love cooking meat in bulk to use for other dinner but never thought of purposefully making my own lunch meat. I hate buying it because it has all those fake colors and sugar and salt in it. Making my own is great for two growing boys who love to eat hot turkey sandwiches!
  11. Christie, I am so impressed with this recipe. I have pinned it to try later. What a GREAT idea!!
  12. I'm down for anything with buffalo sauce!
  13. That turkey looks absolutely wonderful! I love the idea of making it instead of buying!
  14. This is a really great idea Christie! We love buffalo turkey deli meat, so this would be great for my family.
  15. This looks SO good! My family and I just love anything Buffalo sauced, so I will have to give this a go soon. And I am with you on the oil & vinegar on subs- yum! :)
  16. Erica Schwarz says
    We do this exact same thing too where we cook turkey breasts (on the bone, because flavor) or whole chickens (which I am doing today in fact) then have them for the week lunches. I can't remember the last time I bought deli meat - soooo unhealthy. We cook ours in the smoker and I can't wait to try your buffalo marinade! Also, I am totally with you when you find a sub place that gets it just right. I recently traveled to Oak Ridge TN for work but ended up sick with a fever and stuck in my hotel room for a day. Right next to my hotel was a sub shop - literally the BEST philly cheesesteak I have ever had. Now I'll be looking to grab any chance to travel back there just for that sub!
  17. What a great idea! Definitely going to try this. And I am always up for saving a bit of money, thanks for the tip!


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