Citrus Marinated Turkey Breast with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Try turkey breast flavored with citrus and cilantro for a tasty variation of the traditional bird.

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10 servings
30 mins
8 hrs to 24 hrs
1 hr 20 mins 400/350 degrees F
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Citrus Marinated Turkey Breast with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

3 pounds fresh or frozen bonein turkey breast halves
cups lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves (about 1-1/4 oz.)
1 1/3
cups orange juice
cup lemon juice
fresh jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and cut up
teaspoons salt
teaspoons ground cumin
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2
cups olive oil
Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Thaw turkey, if frozen. Using tip of a sharp knife, prick turkey breast in several spots. Place turkey breast halves, skin side down, in very large self-sealing plastic bag set in a baking dish. Set aside.
  2. For Cilantro Dipping Sauce, in a food processor bowl or blender container combine cilantro, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, jalapeno, salt, cumin, and black pepper. Cover and process until almost smooth. With processor or blender running, slowly add oil in thin stream. Pour 2 cups sauce into covered container; refrigerate until serving. Pour remaining cilantro sauce over turkey breast halves; marinate in refrigerator at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours, turning occasionally. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat shallow roasting pan and roasting rack with cooking spray.
  3. Remove turkey from marinade; discard marinade. Place turkey, bone side down, on rack in prepared roasting pan. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into thickest part of turkey breast halves, without touching bone. Roast, uncovered, 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Roast turkey 1 to 1-1/2 hours longer or until thermometer registers 170 degrees F, juices run clear, and turkey is no longer pink. Cover with foil to prevent over-browning. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes before slicing. Stir sauce; pass with turkey. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

Because hot chile peppers, such as jalapenos, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

Nutrition Facts

(Citrus Marinated Turkey Breast with Cilantro Dipping Sauce)
    Per serving:
  • 578 kcal cal.,
  • 35 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat,
  • 4 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 23 g monounsatured fat),
  • 167 mg chol.,
  • 504 mg sodium,
  • 6 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 3 g sugar,
  • 58 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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