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

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, basil, and pepper. Rub over the turkey breasts. Insert one clove into each end of the turkey breasts, and one in the center.

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  • In a large shallow dish, blend vegetable oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Place the breasts in the dish, and turn to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.

  • Preheat grill for high heat.

  • Lightly oil the grill grate. Discard marinade, place turkey breasts on the grill. Close the lid, and grill turkey breasts about 15 minutes on each side, or to an internal temperature of 170 degrees F (68 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

317.2 calories; 59.8 g protein; 2.2 g carbohydrates; 164 mg cholesterol; 405.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2007
Awesome recipe! I slow-cooked mine in the crock pot and the turkey breast just fell apart. It was more like pulled-turkey! I threw in some little red potatoes and had an instant meal. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/27/2011
I was really disappointed with this. I marinated for over 24 hrs because of a change of plans and still the turkey tasted like plain turkey plus it took well over an hour to be done. I made exactly as written using fresh lemon juice since the recipe doesnt specify fresh or bottled. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2007
Awesome recipe! I slow-cooked mine in the crock pot and the turkey breast just fell apart. It was more like pulled-turkey! I threw in some little red potatoes and had an instant meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2007
Deee-lish! I used dried basil instead of fresh and red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice. I cooked a 3 lb breast in the oven at 425 for 15 minutes, then reduced the heat to 375 and cooked for about 90 minutes (until the thermometer read 180). My husband was skeptical, because he doesn't like the traditional turkey done at Thanksgiving but he couldn't get enough of this. And, my one year old daughter was shoveling it in. She's a picky eater, so you know it's good if she approves. We will definitely be eating this regularly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I had never cooked a turkey breast before and was not sure what to do, this recipe quickly gave the answer. I am not a big fan of cloves so I replaced with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon in the rub, what a fantastic flavour. A huge hit with the family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2006
Excellent! Very easy and quick! Great flavor. I broiled mine in the oven 375 degrees for about 30 minutes until the meat thermometer was 168. Boy I can't wait to try this on the grill. Thank you so much for a great turkey recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2006
I've made this recipe a couple of times it became a staple since last year's Thanksgiving since my family is only a family of two I don't want to make a whole turkey I made in in the regular oven first put it to broil for 10 minutes each side and after let it cook for 45 minutes at 400 degrees it turned out juicy and flavorful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This was the first recipe I found for grilled turkey breast and it is "excellent". I have made turkey breast many different ways but this was so tender and tasty; that I may never make it any other way!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2006
My husband and son decided they didn't want to eat but I went ahead and made this anyways since I had marinated it. I added more lemon juice and brown sugar and cooked it for about 40 minutes on the grill at medium....marinating it every five minutes or so. It came out perfect. My two pound turkey breast was GONE!!! They couldn't get enough! I can't wait to make it again and this time I will save more of the marinade heating it to make a sauce. It was great!!! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2008
Never prepared turkey other than on Thanksgiving & this was truly amazing. Looking for side dishes? Try the Squash/Onion/Pecan recipe. Or the Cranberry Rice and/or Canned Cranberry with Toasted Cinnamon Pecans recipes! I believe it may satisfy ANY pallet! Footnote: try to marinate it as long as possible. I could only marinate for about an hour, yet can only imagine what its like marinated for a few more! (BTW- If you cant "grill" it, preheat oven to 350 F. Place a frying pan on med-hi, pour marinade and meat in pan and cook for about 5 minutes each side to "sear". Pour remaining marinade and the breast/cutlets in a shallow baking dish & cover with foil. Bake for about 20-30 minutes. So tender AND juicy!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2004
I've made this a couple of times & we really enjoy the flavor blend. I have used dried basil rather than fresh skipped the cloves marinated overnight then cooked in slow cooker. Nice combination of flavors for sure!! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/27/2011
I was really disappointed with this. I marinated for over 24 hrs because of a change of plans and still the turkey tasted like plain turkey plus it took well over an hour to be done. I made exactly as written using fresh lemon juice since the recipe doesnt specify fresh or bottled. Read More
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