Turkey Marinade Recipe

When I asked my friends at Pritikin for something healthy but different for Thanksgiving Day, I was pleasantly surprised with what they sent me; a Turkey Marinade Recipe

Marinading a Turkey beyond the basic basting never crossed my mind, but this looks and sounds delicious. 

Turkey Marinade Recipe



  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 2 white onions, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon salt-free lemon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 3 carrots, chopped into large pieces
  • 4 white or yellow onions, chopped into large pieces
  • 1 head of celery, chopped into large pieces
  • 2 heads of garlic, chopped


  1. In a food processor, combine all turkey marinade ingredients and puree.
  2. Use mixture to marinate turkey breasts for at least 1 hour.
  3. Remove turkey breasts from marinade and drain. In a large nonstick skillet on high heat, sear breasts on both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. In a large roasting pan, place mirepoix. Place turkey breasts on top. 
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 275° for 2 ½ hours.
  6. Remove cover and bake at 375° until done. (For nicely moist turkey breasts, a meat thermometer should register no more than 175°.)
  7. Save drippings from pan to make gravy.

Mirepoix (the French name for a combination of vegetables)

Thank you to Pritikin for sharing this marinade recipe with us.

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