Marinated Turkey Breast


This turkey breast marinade recipe came from my mother. These always turn out juicy and tender no matter how long my husband leaves them on the grill. It's easy to prepare but always best when marinated for at least 4 hours.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs


  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 (3 pound) boneless turkey breast halves

  • 6 whole cloves

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  1. Mix garlic, basil, and pepper together in a small bowl; rub over turkey breasts. Insert 1 clove into each end of turkey breasts and 1 in the center.

  2. Mix oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and brown sugar in a large, shallow dish. Place turkey in the dish and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Discard marinade and place turkey on the preheated grill. Close the lid and cook until turkey is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes on each side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
6g Fat
2g Carbs
60g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 60g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 597mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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