Sun-Dried Tomato Marinated Turkey Breast

Sun-Dried Tomato Marinated Turkey Breast
Over the weekend I was at Trader Joe’s and was FINALLY able to find a turkey breast. I have been looking for some time and never seem to be there when a turkey breast is in stock, only the tenderloins. With a family a five a turkey breast is a wonderful thing. We can have it for dinner or slice it up and use it as lunch meat.

My original plan was to grill this and then run it through the slicer for lunch meat. Alas, they only had turkey breast with the bone in. I am too lazy to bone it so the slicer was out. Off to plan B, grilled and served for dinner. Who doesn’t like Thanksgiving any time of the year?

Sun-Dried Tomato Marinated Turkey Breast

I was a little torn as to what kind of marinade to use. Sun-dried tomato is always a favorite. At the deli counter at most grocery stores they offer a sun-dried tomato turkey for lunch meat. This is something I could do, and made at home it would be both healthier and chemical free. But then there is also spicy turkey, I love that too.

What is a girl to do? Obviously the two must be combined! I created a sun-dried tomato marinade and added in some red pepper flakes. If you don’t like it spicy just don’t put in the pepper flakes. This is so simple and yet so delicous. I like my turkey breast grilled, but you could easily roast it in the oven too. We enjoyed our turkey with brussels sprouts and potato gratin, an end of winter feast. Bring on spring, I am so ready!! I can imagine the marinade tasting good on chicken breasts too, or even a nice flank steak.ย  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Sun-Dried Tomato Marinated Turkey Breast

Sun-Dried Tomato Marinated Turkey Breast
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs. rosemary, chopped
1/3 c. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped finely
2 Tbs. oil from the sun-dried tomatoes, or olive oil
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
Split turkey breast

Put all the marinade ingredients in a mason jar, cover and shake rigorously. Place the turkey breast in a deep pan and cover all sides with the marinade. Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least four hours.

Remove the turkey from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature while preheating the grill (or oven if roasting). Place the turkey on a medium heat grill, not over direct heat. If you place it over direct heat the marinade will likely burn, definitley NOT tasty! Cooking times will vary based on the size of the turkey breast, cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

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23 thoughts on “Sun-Dried Tomato Marinated Turkey Breast

  1. foodessen

    This sounds and looks great! I love sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper flakes. I am bookmarking your recipe and can’t wait to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚ Though we have nice weather, the grill is not outside yet. I might just have to try this in the oven the first time around!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I hope you like it! Living in the South we grill year round. It does get cold at times in the winter, but hey, the grill us right out the deck door!

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      1. foodessen

        I’m sure it will be delicious! I remember those Southern days ๐Ÿ™‚ Grilling year around is something I used to take for granted!

  2. Liz

    Trader Joe’s! Trader Joe’s! Trader Joe’s! (sorry, got really excited there–will try to tone it down) Best store ever and you’ve found yet another wonderful buy. Better yet, you doctored it up so it’s even better! That turkey looks fantastic–exactly what our fam needs to be eating. Cheers to the end of winter feast–perfect.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Trader Joe’s is indeed awesome! So glad they FINALLY opened one here in town last year. I will be enjoying cheeses and salamis with wine from there tonight.

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  3. TheWholesomeHomemaker

    This looks delicious! Forgive me for a probably silly question but was your split turkey breast complete with skin? I cannot find breast with skin and worry that it will dry out while roasting so I’ve been too afraid to ever try a turkey breast… that and I’ve never found any organic turkeys anywhere near me. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I’m hoping to get one or two direct from a farm soon!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      It was skinless, well one little piece,of skin remained. With a marinade it still was incredibly moist right off the grill. Good luck finding your turkey, a local farm sounds great!

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  4. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

    I’m glad you found the ingredients at one of my favorite stores. My daughter always requests turkey and cheese whole wheat wraps at lunch… your turkey breast will be on our menu soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a nice weekend, Gretchen.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I love that store too! My husband and I are looking forward to a quiet and relaxing trip to Whole Foods without the kids tomorrow! Browsing slowly and not having kids grab things, ask for things, wanting samples….life will be good.

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    2. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I do so enjoy Trader Joe’s! We make wraps for lunch too. We go through favorites, ham and cheese, turkey and cheese or peanut butter and apple are the most popular with the boys.

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  5. Liz

    It looks so delicious even though it’s 1.08 am here. There is a lot of turkey breast in my local store, but they always look so huge I often wonder what to do with them. Thanks for sharing. You’ve inspired me to buy one and try. Have a lovely weekend!

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  6. foodessen

    I had to let you know that we have used the marinade twice already! A couple small changes and we didn’t grill the meat (we will in the future) but it’s delicious!! I used a pork tenderloin both times, cooked them two different ways and it’s just great ๐Ÿ™‚

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