TRUE CONFESSION: I am that crazy woman who stands outside in the middle of winter in a coat and scarf and mittens, tending the grill on the back porch, at the mercy of the elements. The first time I made this Asian-flavored turkey breast, shot through with soy, garlic and my favorite chili paste, that was the scenario; in fact, it was snowing, which made the act of grilling heroic and the result worth every moment of frozen-fingered suffering. Now that the weather is warmer, I grill more often, and more comfortably. Put thoughts of the all-day Thanksgiving turkey out of your mind; boneless turkey breast cooks quickly. If you can't find a whole boneless turkey breast, buy a bone-in and ask the butcher to break it down for you (save the bones, wings and neck for stock). I use this garlicky, spicy turkey to add spark to sandwiches, summer rolls and pasta salads.
Grilled Asian turkey breast with soy, garlic and chili paste
Serves 8-10 or more.
1 3-4 lb boneless, skiness turkey breast, tenderloins removed (reserve for soup stock)
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp chili paste with garlic
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
2 scallions, trimmed, cut into large chunks (green and white parts)
1/4 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a ziploc bag. Seal the bag, pressing out most of the air. Massage the bag to distribute the ingredients evenly, and set in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 6 hours, or (preferably) overnight. Turn the bag over once or twice, if you remember, to marinate the meat more evenly.
When you're ready to cook, remove the turkey from the refrigerator. As it comes to room temperature, preheat your grill on high heat.
Grill the turkey for approximately 10 minutes on each side, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
Remove the turkey and allow it to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before slicing. Or, cool completely, and refrigerate or freeze.
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Zanzibar tandoori grilled turkey breast, from The Perfect Pantry
Soy and five-spice braised turkey, from Gourmet Traveller
Chipotle-soy marinated turkey tenderloins, from The Lemon Bowl
Asian inspired turkey breast (in the slow cooker), from A Year of Slow Cooking
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