Chicken and Turkey Marinade

Chicken and Turkey Marinade

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"A 24 hour marinade, guaranteed to please every time. Chicken or turkey is always moist, and tender. Use half of a recipe for a chicken, or the full recipe for a turkey of up to 25 pounds. Everyone will clamor for this recipe!!! Use the drippings from the pan to make gravy as usual. It is not necessary to strain drippings first."


45 m servings
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Original recipe yields 5 servings


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  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and mustard. Stir in chives, sage, oregano, parsley, thyme, garlic, paprika, and herb seasoning. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend before marinating your favorite meat.
  2. Place turkey or chicken in a 30 gallon plastic kitchen bag. Pour marinade over the bird. Grasp the bag a few inches above the poultry, and press air from the bag. Seal with a twist tie. Rotate bag to coat turkey with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator 24 hours, repositioning the bag every 4 hours, or so. Remove poultry from bag before roasting, and transfer marinade to a saucepan. Boil marinade for a few minutes, then use to baste the turkey every 30 minutes, or so, while roasting. Discard any remaining marinade when turkey is done.
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  1. 69 Ratings


This was a great recipe. Everyone at the meal thought it was wonderful. Instead of marinating it in a 30 gal twist-tie kitchen bag, I used a 40 gal Ziplock bag, then didn't worry about leakage...

This recipe has been updated by the staff in response to a request by the submitter. We have changed the lemon juice to 4 lemons, juiced. We have changed the mustard to Dijon.

This is with out a doubt the best of the best. I have a son, who with a lot of friends, do a lot of smoking of meats. I recently acquired a smoker and used this recipe on a turkey. My son sai...

We tried this on turkey and found this marinade to basically taste like straight lemon juice with a few herbs thrown in. I don't think the flavors blend well together. (yes, we followed the re...

I originally submitted this recipe several years ago. I now use Dijon which gives a nicer flavor. Also, I use Mrs. Dash as teh herb seasoning.

I have used this recipe several times now with Turkey & Chicken both. Used it last year for Thanksgiving and everyone absolutely loved it. Makes the meat so moist & has such a great flavor. I in...

I've used this on a whole turkey, a small chicken and even skinless chicken breasts. A keeper. Thanks Elaine.

I love this recipe but I had to give it 4 stars because it's my opinion that 4 lemons is way too much lemon juice for a 13 lb turkey. Without using 4 lemons, I went with my instinct and used onl...

I made 1/2 a recipe and used to marinate 4 chicken breasts that I grilled. Modified slightly as I didn't have all the fresh herbs on hand, but it was still delicious. Will definitely try again a...