Citrus Marinated Turkey Breast with Cilantro Dipping Sauce


Opt for two turkey breasts instead of one large bird and you can have delicious roast turkey on the table in less than 90 minutes (not counting time to allow the amazing citrus-herb marinade to infuse the meat).

Prep Time:
30 mins
Marinate Time:
8 hrs
Roast Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 hrs


  • 2 3-3.5 pound fresh or frozen bone-in turkey breast halves

  • 2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves (about 1-1/4 oz.)

  • 1 ⅓ cup orange juice

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • 12 cloves garlic, halved

  • 1 fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and cut up

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ cup 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, jalapeño, 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.

    Citrus-Marinated Turkey Breast


Because hot chile peppers, such as jalapeños, 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 (per serving)

578 Calories
35g Fat
6g Carbs
58g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 578
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 504mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 58g
Vitamin C 27.8mg 139%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 679mg 14%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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