A 24 hour marinade, guaranteed to please every time. Chicken or turkey is always moist, and tender. Use half of a recipe for a chicken, or the full recipe for a turkey of up to 25 pounds. Everyone will clamor for this recipe!!! Use the drippings from the pan to make gravy as usual. It is not necessary to strain drippings first.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 cups
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and mustard. Stir in chives, sage, oregano, parsley, thyme, garlic, paprika, and herb seasoning. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend before marinating your favorite meat.

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  • Place turkey or chicken in a 30 gallon plastic kitchen bag. Pour marinade over the bird. Grasp the bag a few inches above the poultry, and press air from the bag. Seal with a twist tie. Rotate bag to coat turkey with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator 24 hours, repositioning the bag every 4 hours, or so. Remove poultry from bag before roasting, and transfer marinade to a saucepan. Boil marinade for a few minutes, then use to baste the turkey every 30 minutes, or so, while roasting. Discard any remaining marinade when turkey is done.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 6.2g; fat 44.3g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 1590.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2006
This was a great recipe. Everyone at the meal thought it was wonderful. Instead of marinating it in a 30 gal twist-tie kitchen bag I used a 40 gal Ziplock bag then didn't worry about leakage during the marinating/turning process. I then transferred the meat and marinade to a turkey cooking bag and didn't worry about basting it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/28/2007
We tried this on turkey and found this marinade to basically taste like straight lemon juice with a few herbs thrown in. I don't think the flavors blend well together. (yes, we followed the recipe to the letter) It was not a keeper in my opinion. Read More
(25)
81 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2006
This was a great recipe. Everyone at the meal thought it was wonderful. Instead of marinating it in a 30 gal twist-tie kitchen bag I used a 40 gal Ziplock bag then didn't worry about leakage during the marinating/turning process. I then transferred the meat and marinade to a turkey cooking bag and didn't worry about basting it. Read More
(83)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2002
This recipe has been updated by the staff in response to a request by the submitter. We have changed the lemon juice to 4 lemons juiced. We have changed the mustard to Dijon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2002
This is with out a doubt the best of the best. I have a son who with a lot of friends do a lot of smoking of meats. I recently acquired a smoker and used this recipe on a turkey. My son said that the turkey was the best he had ever eaten and could not stop eating it. He took home a lot of left overs and told me later that they made the best sandwiches ever. DO NOT miss the opportunity to use this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2009
I originally submitted this recipe several years ago. I now use Dijon which gives a nicer flavor. Also I use Mrs. Dash as teh herb seasoning. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/28/2007
We tried this on turkey and found this marinade to basically taste like straight lemon juice with a few herbs thrown in. I don't think the flavors blend well together. (yes, we followed the recipe to the letter) It was not a keeper in my opinion. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
I have used this recipe several times now with Turkey & Chicken both. Used it last year for Thanksgiving and everyone absolutely loved it. Makes the meat so moist & has such a great flavor. I inject it into my meats (when doing this be careful not to put too much in one spot - it tends to make that area soggy)... It also helps to strain the herbs use the marinade juice for injecting & then spread the herbs etc... on the outside of the Turkey or Chicken. This recipe is a keepsake in my opinion! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2011
I love this recipe but I had to give it 4 stars because it's my opinion that 4 lemons is way too much lemon juice for a 13 lb turkey. Without using 4 lemons I went with my instinct and used only 2 lemons and 1 cup of orange juice along with 3-4 tablspoons of raw honey to take away some of the bitterness that the lemons gave. Although the lemons work as a great tenderizer for the turkey it would've overpowered all of the fresh herbs that I diced and that would've been a waste. I also added 1/4 cup of diced fresh rosemary which set it off to perfection. I used all of the drippings to make gravy and everyone said it was the best gravy they ever had! The turkey was very tender and had a great flavor to it. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2003
I've used this on a whole turkey a small chicken and even skinless chicken breasts. A keeper. Thanks Elaine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2004
I made 1/2 a recipe and used to marinate 4 chicken breasts that I grilled. Modified slightly as I didn't have all the fresh herbs on hand but it was still delicious. Will definitely try again according to the recipe on a whole bird. Read More
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