Spicy Grilled Turkey Breast Marinade

Spicy Grilled Turkey Breast Marinade

If you’re bored of standard barbecued meats, then kick things up a notch with this Spicy Grilled Turkey Breast Marinade. This easy marinade has a zesty heat that’s perfect on quick cooking turkey cutlets or chicken!

Grilled Turkey Breast Marinade to Spice Things Up

We love grilling season, and when you get that first summer taste of grilled burgers or perfectly striped chicken, “mmmmmm!,” there’s just nothing like it.

That is, until a few weeks (and several parties) later when the standard fare of burgers, and dogs just isn’t lighting your fire anymore.

This Spicy Grilled Turkey Breast Marinade is here to ignite your passion for grilling season once again. (See what I did there?) With its sweet golden honey, tangy lime juice, sharp garlic, and spicy chipotle peppers, this recipe delivers a savor philharmonic that demands your full undivided attention.

Reasons Why You’ll Love It

  • Sweet, Spicy, and Zesty– Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, honey, and lime make a smoky sweet turkey breast marinade with a tingly warm finish that’ll leave your mouth watering for more.
  • Quick– Turkey breast cutlets are platonic for quick cooking. These thinner cutlets grill in less than 10 minutes and stay nice and juicy.
  • Versatile– These grilled turkey cutlets stand on their own, but they’re moreover the perfect protein for tacos, salads, quesadillas, and sandwiches. Increasingly ideas for serving are included below!

Ingredients in Turkey Breast Marinade

  • Turkey Breast Cutlets– Turkey is a unconfined way to alimony things interesting during grilling season. Turkey is a naturally low fat and lean protein choice, plus turkey breast cutlets have a trappy richness and savor when cooked that we know you’ll love.
  • Honey– Adds that signature sultry golden sweetness to this marinade and caramelizes nicely when grilled.
  • Lime– The perfect summer citrus to add to any marinade, lime juice pairs perfectly with most fresh herbs, seasonings and the savory fats in your oil and meat.
  • Canned Chipotle Peppers– This shortcut ingredient is the all-star of our Spicy Yellow Marinade, and it’s easy to see why. The included adobo sauce tastes like someone has taken smoky heat savor and distilled it perfectly lanugo into a versatile sauce. Use any leftovers in one of these chipotles in adobo recipes.
  • Garlic– It compliments the sweet, savory and spicy flavors by subtracting a hint of sharpness.
  • Oil and Salt– No meat marinade is well-constructed without these staples.

How to Make Spicy Grilled Turkey Breast Marinade

  1. Prep the turkey. Make sure your turkey breast cutlets are only well-nigh 1/2 inch thick. If you’re using ta whole turkey breast, butterfly them yourself then pound them to an plane 1/2 inch thick. Unchangingly remember to use a separate wearing workbench and pocketknife for handling raw meats, and wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds afterward.
  2. Make the marinade. Add juice from 3 limes, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 minced garlic cloves, 1/4 cup of honey and 3-4 chipotle peppers (with well-nigh a teaspoon full of Adobo sauce) to your blender, and tousle until well combined.
  3. Marinade. Pour the marinade over the turkey in a shallow dish or ziplock bag. Make sure that the marinade is evenly poured and spread over all sides of the meat surpassing leaving it in the refrigerator for 4-24 hours.
  4. Grill. Grill marinated turkey breasts on med-high heat (about 450°F) for 2.5-3 minutes per side until the internal temp reaches 165°F. (A meat thermometer is your weightier friend here).
  5. Rest. Remove turkey breasts to a plate and tent with foil until ready to serve. Top with cilantro surpassing serving.


What to do with leftover spicy turkey breast

Store leftover turkey breast in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

These smoky sweet cutlets go well with so many dishes! I loved slicing the leftovers and tossing them with a salad or subtracting it to a sandwich with cheese, avocado, and tomato.

You can hands turn this garden salad or tomato corn chopped salad into a main dish with the wing of turkey cutlets. They go expressly well with Ranch dressing or a creamy avocado dressing.

Add marinated turkey to a Southwest pasta salad or substitute it for ground whinge in these Ground Whinge Quesadillas. They’re moreover unconfined on nachos!

Side dishes for Grilled Turkey Breast

We recommend pairing these spicy sweet cutlets with a refreshing side like Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Mango Salsa, or Cucumber Tomato Salad.

If you’re looking for increasingly filling side dishes (and something to counteract the heat!), we recommend our Creamy Mac and Cheese, Corn Souffle, or Easy Cheesy Potatoes.


Are turkey chops the same as turkey cutlets?

Yes! Both of these refer to a thin sliced, boneless cut of turkey that cooks very quickly. It can be found in the meat section of your grocery store under either name.

Can this marinade work for a whole turkey breast?

Yes, you can definitely use this spicy marinade for a whole grilled turkey breast. However, it will take much longer to grill. You can follow these instructions for how to grill a turkey breast.

What temperature should turkey cutlets be cooked to?

All poultry, including turkey cutlets, should be cooked to 165 degrees F. We use and love this meat thermometer.

How do I make this marinade spicier or less spicy?

You can hands customize the heat in the marinade by subtracting increasingly or less chipotle peppers. If you want a lot of heat, use the unshortened can. If you want just a teeny bit of tingle, use only the adobo sauce and no peppers.

Spicy Grilled Turkey Breast

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Honey, lime and chipotle peppers combine to make this Spicy Grilled Turkey Breast Marinade a stunning flavor-packed cookout favorite!


  • 1 1/2 lbs. turkey breast cutlets
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 canned chipotle peppers in adobo, plus all the sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground woebegone pepper
  • Cilantro, for serving (*optional)


  1. Blend marinade. In a blender, combine the olive oil, honey, lime juice, garlic cloves, chipotle peppers and sauce, salt, and woebegone pepper. Tousle until smooth.
  2. Marinade the turkey. Pour the marinade over the turkey breast cutlets in a ziploc bag or sultry dish covered with plastic wrap. Marinade for 4-24 hours.
  3. Grill. Grease the grill grates then preheat to well-nigh 450 degrees. Grill the cutlets for well-nigh 2.5-3 minutes per side or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees F.
  4. Serve. Top with cilantro, and serve on its own or with sour cream, avocado, or mango salsa.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 363mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 42g