Kentucky Baked Dove Breast - KNEP - Kentucky Nutrition Education Program


Kentucky Baked Dove Breast

Servings:6Serving Size:2 dove breasts
Dove Breast

Apples add a crisp flavor to the baked doves. A delicious recipe for fall.


  • 12 dove breasts, cleaned
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 medium apples, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 cup orange juice


In a covered container, soak the dove breasts in buttermilk overnight in the refrigerator. Remove breasts and discard buttermilk. Pat breasts dry with a paper towel. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine salt, pepper, and smoked paprika and stir. Rub mixture into breasts. Place breasts in a shallow greased baking dish and brush with oil. Add diced apples, onions, and celery. Add a half cup of water to the pan and cover tightly. Bake for one hour and 15 minutes. After 45 minutes, pour the orange juice over breasts and baste.


Removing skin before cooking can lower fat content. This might also reduce “wild” flavor.

Nutrition facts per serving: 320 calories; 17g total fat; 4.5g saturated fat; 0g trans fat; 130mg cholesterol; 370mg sodium; 15g carbohydrate; 2g fiber; 11g sugars; 28g protein; 0% Daily Value of vitamin D; 4%  Daily Value of Calcium; 40% Daily Value of Iron; 10% Daily value of Potassium