Citrus-Grilled Turkey Breast

From Southern Living Magazine.

Citrus-Grilled Turkey Breast

Serves 6
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 3 hours
Total time 3 hours, 40 minutes


  • 1 5 - 6lb Turkey Breast (skin-on, bone-in)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley (chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Salt


To prevent a top-heavy turkey breast from tilting onto its side, use kitchen shears to trim the bony lower portion of the rib cage – just enough to level the underside of the breast so it rests securely on the grill.


Step 1 Let turkey breast stand at room temperature 30 minutes; rinse with cold water and pat turkey dry.
Step 2 Stir together parsley, next 4 ingredients and 1 tsp salt. Loosen and lift skin from turkey without totally detaching skin, and rub parsley mixture under skin. Replace skin. Sprinkle cavity with 1/2 tsp salt; rub into cavity. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 tsp salt on skin; rub into skin.
Step 3 Light one side of grill, heating to 350º - 400º (medium-high) heat; leave other side unlit. Place turkey over lit side and grill, without lid, 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer turkey to unlit side and grill, covered, 2 - 2.5 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 165º.
Step 4 Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes before slicing.

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