An easy marinated and grilled turkey, this Spicy Grilled Citrus Turkey Breast cooks in 1 hour and is perfect for your small holiday gatherings. Whole30, paleo, and gluten free!
It’s almost that time!! T-minus 2 weeks until Thanksgiving!!
What are you planning to make?!? To be honest, we are getting married the week before, having a party at our house the day after our wedding, and then jetting off to Cabo for a few days for a mini-moon. We come back the night before Thanksgiving and I’m not thinking about the menu at all. Luckily my family will still in town and they will have most of that covered. But I know you guys are going to be planning in advance, so I’m sharing this grilled citrus turkey breast with you!
While I know a lot of people like whole turkeys, I was never really a fan of dark meat. Give me a few pieces of some juicy turkey breast, some of my mom’s snowy whites (mashed potatoes), homemade cranberry sauce, and some veggies and I’m a happy camper.
If you are one of those people like me, this recipe is for you! I think it’s a fun spin on your classic roasted turkey breast too if you want to change it up!
Spicy Grilled Citrus Turkey Breast
This turkey breast brings in lots of flavors with a few basic ingredients and is really simple to make. After you make the marinade, half of it is used as a sauce at the end. It is kind of like a spicy brightened up gravy. Here is what you need:
- turkey breast
- garlic powder
- red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
To make this turkey breast, we are starting off with a citrus marinade. Mix the ingredients for the marinade together and then let it sit in half the marinate for 4-6 hours. After the turkey breast marinates, you then cover it with a little more seasonings and let it do it’s thing on the grill. I used my Traeger and it came out perfect! While the turkey is grilling, you make a sauce with the rest of the marinade for topping the turkey. Once the turkey is done, let it rest for about 10 minutes, and then carve it up!
Besides the fact that is turkey breast is super easy, it’s a perfect holiday entree if you aren’t feeding a massive amount of people. I didn’t have a big family growing up and it was usually just us, maybe a couple close friends or a few family members. This turkey makes it easy and manageable for a small group. And if you have a super small group, the leftovers make great for turkey sandwiches or soup.
Also, in my opinion, I think the biggest plus of this recipe is you do it on the grill! It frees up that oven space for all the other delicious sides you have going on. And let’s me honest, Thanksgiving is really about the side dishes!
If you need some more Thanksgiving ideas, check out some of my favorites:
homemade cranberry sauce
tahini whipped sweet potatoes
rosemary roasted radishes
roasted butternut squash with goat cheese, pomegranates, and rosemary
sweet potato & beet stacks
pumpkin pie ice cream
and for all those leftovers….thanksgiving leftovers stuffed sweet potatoes
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Spicy Grilled Citrus Turkey Breast (Paleo)
- 4 pound turkey breast, boneless and skinless
- 3 jalapenos, minced (take out seeds for less spice)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin, divided
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano, divided
- 1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder, divided
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 orange, juiced and zested (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 lime, juiced and zested (about 3 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a medium size bowl, make the marinade. Add garlic, jalapenos, 1 tablespoon of cumin, oregano, and onion powder, pineapple juice, orange juice and zest, lime juice and zest, coconut aminos, and salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Place 1 cup of marinade in a plastic bag along with the turkey breast and place in the fridge for 4-6 hours
- Once turkey is done marinating, removed from bag. In a small bowl mix together 1/2 tablespoon of cumin, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Rub all over turkey breast.
- Preheat grill to 350 degrees. Grill turkey for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on thickness, until cooked through and reaches 165 degrees Fahreheit. Remove and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
- While the turkey cooks, add remaining marinade to a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until it reaches a simmer. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until reaches your desired consistency. Serve overtop turkey if desired.
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