Grilled Turkey Breast

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Grilled Turkey Breast

Recipe by Sweet Zivile

This is one of my favorite dishes from Turkey.
Here is a funny story behind this. A few years ago I did not speak English at all, even less than 10 years ago. We went to Turkey and all the food was outstanding, but especially I loved some grilled meat which was called “Turkey” (I thought that was a name of the country or maybe some national Turkey dish). I had absolutely no idea what it was, but I fell in love with it. Every time they would serve it, I would be the 1st in line to get it. In Lithuania, where I come from, not sure now, but 20 years ago turkey (the meat) was not popular. We would get it only around Christmas or so and I was not familiar with this meat. It took me 10 years, yes, 10 years to figure it out what that meat was! Hahahaha. When I saw somewhere a translation from English and they talked about turkey (a bird). Then I connected the ends and made my very own version of it as close as possible to the memories what grilled turkey I had in Turkey (damn it! can English native speaking come up with more words, so it would not be so confusing for some people? Haha)
Well.. this is what I came up with.


  • 1500 g or 3 lbs. and 14 oz. of turkey breast sliced in medallions

  • 1.5 tbsp. of sea salt

  • 1 tbsp. of black pepper

  • 1 tbsp. of garlic powder

  • 1/2 tbsp. of chili flakes

  • 1 tbsp. of dried oregano or 2 tbsp. of fresh 

  • 1/2 tbsp. of ground cardamom

  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

  • A few springs of lemon thyme, finely chopped leaves (I think this one was the most dominating in their dish)

  • A few springs of rosemary, finely chopped leaves

  • A few springs of sage, finely chopped leaves

  • 2 medium lemons (zest and juice)

  • 5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

Let’s make it

  • Mix all the marinate ingredients together, rub into the meat. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate ~2 hours.
  • Grill on preheated to 450-500 F grill until meat thermometer reaches 165 F.
  • Serve with vegetable salad or cut it and put in a wrap wit pita bread, hummus or garlic sauce, tomatoes, red onions and lettuce.
  • Enjoy!

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