Peppery Grilled Turkey Breast Recipe
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Peppery Grilled Turkey Breast Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 1-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

4 ounce-weight: 167 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 mixture. Grill 1 to 1-1/2 hours longer or until a meat thermometer reads 170°, basting every 15 minutes.
  4. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove and discard turkey skin if desired. Brush with reserved jelly mixture before slicing. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Peppery Grilled Turkey Breast in Light & Tasty October/November 2006, p41

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