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Peppery Grilled Turkey Breast

 Peppery Grilled Turkey Breast
This is a combination of several favorite family recipes. People who try it for the first time are amazed to find that it’s not only flavorful but healthy as well. –Mary Elizabeth Relyea of Canastota, New York
15 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours + standing


  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 bone-in turkey breast (5 pounds)
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno pepper jelly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cayenne and
  • mustard. With fingers, carefully loosen the skin from both sides of
  • turkey breast. Spread half of spice mixture under turkey skin;
  • secure skin to underside of breast with wooden toothpicks. Spread
  • remaining spice mixture over the skin.
  • Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and
  • lightly coat the grill rack. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using
  • a drip pan. Place turkey over drip pan, grill, covered, over
  • indirect medium heat for 30 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the broth, vinegar, jelly and oil. Cook
  • and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes or until jelly is melted.
  • Set aside 1/2 cup. Baste turkey with some of the remaining jelly

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Peppery Grilled Turkey Breast (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • mixture. Grill 1 to 1-1/2 hours longer or until a meat thermometer
  • reads 170°, basting every 15 minutes.
  • Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove and discard turkey skin if
  • desired. Brush with reserved jelly mixture before slicing. Yield: 15
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 4 ounces cooked turkey (with skin removed) equals 167 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 565 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 29 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
Wine: Medium-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer