Sanpete Marinade Chicken/Turkey

Tired of the same bland BBQ? Looking for an easy recipe that is great for an everyday family BBQ or a large family event?

The Sanpete Marinade for chicken or turkey is one of our favorite spring and summer time recipes. This well known Utah recipe turns an ordinary chicken breast into a tasty, tender, juicy piece of meat everyone will enjoy.

The recipe originated from Sanpete County, which is famous for their turkey farms and the headquarters of Norbest. Although the original recipe calls for turkey, we prefer chicken for a few reasons.

1. Chicken in most cases is more affordable over turkey breast which helps with cost, especially if you're feeding a large group.

2. Turkey tends to take a little longer to cook thoroughly and tends to dry out, which we will share a tip to avoid this problem no matter which meat you choose.

Sanpete Marinade Ingredients:

Easy Smoked Pork Loin in a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker

1 cup of soy sauce

1 cup of vegetable oil

2 cups of 7-Up or Sprite

½ teaspoon of garlic salt or powder


Take 2.5 to 3 lbs of boneless chicken breast and pound flat with a meat tenderizer. This not only tenderizes the meat but also helps with the marinade process.

Mix all the marinade ingredients into a bowl and slightly whisk them together.

Place your prepared chicken in a large one gallon zip lock baggy and pour the marinade over the chicken and seal. Place bag of chicken in a small baking pan to help avoid possible spills in your refrigerator.

Marinate your chicken/turkey for 24 hours. If your short on time 6 to 8 hours will be sufficient, so if you want to prepare this recipe before work it should be ready for the BBQ when you get home for dinner.

Cook on an outdoor BBQ grill or BBQ griddle. We used a two burner Camp Chef explorer with a griddle and the BBQ box.

Cooking Tip:

To help avoid overcooked, dry meat, use the tin foil tent technique. Once you have the desired BBQ on your meat, wrap your meat in tin foil to finish the cooking process. This allows the meat to cook in its own juices and keeps your meat tender and juicy.

Whether you choose turkey or chicken try this recipe at your next family BBQ and you won't be disappointed and neither will they.

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