BBQ Grilled turkey in Thai marinade sauce

BBQ Grilled turkey in Thai marinade sauce

Photo and text by Panos Diotis and Mirella Kaloglou.

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Turkey has a tasty and nutritious meat, with several advantages in comparison to chicken. However, it’s not as common in our tables as the chicken.  So, we will give you a recipe, which can make you try turkey chops on your backyard barbecues instead of chicken: Grilled turkey chops (thigh), marinated in beautiful Thai sauce!

We used ingredients from the Thai cuisine, like fish sauce and sweet soy sauce as our base for this recipe, and marinated the turkey in it, for our BBQ.

If you haven’t tried fish sauce before, don’t be alarmed! It will not leave any taste of fish on your meat! An ingredient used since ancient times, the fish sauce provides saltiness and enhances the taste of food. You may use it in countless recipes, with amazing results! You can easily find fish sauce and soy sauce in all super markets (usually in the oriental section) and delicatessen. They are not expensive, and you only need a small amount for each recipe. You put the bottles in the fridge after opening and they last very long.

Litlte Cooking Tips BBQ Grilled turkey in Thai marinade sauce

The taste of turkey with this marinade is simply amazing; it makes the meat taste sweet and creates a beautiful thin crust on the surface. Simply brush the meat each time you turn it on the grill and you will get a beautiful crust especially in all the thin and crispy parts of the turkey.
We guarantee that if you use this marinade once, you will try very hard to avoid using it every time you grill turkey! Both you and your guests will enjoy an amazing taste, making you wonder why you didn’t grill turkey chops more often!
Turkey chops also have the advantage of not drying out as fast as the chicken, and the texture is unique, slightly resembling to some pork chops, but with a much tender meat.
Serve this dish with a simple green salad to appreciate the taste of the marinated turkey chops.



For the tukey:

- 1 kg / 35 oz / 2.2 lb turkey thigh, cut into chops

Thai marinade

Litlte Cooking Tips BBQ Grilled turkey in Thai marinade sauce

- 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons sherry
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon, coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- a few fresh basil leaves (chopped)



Litlte Cooking Tips BBQ Grilled turkey in Thai marinade sauce

First prepare the marinade (image 1): In a large bowl, add the liquid ingredients and then the solid ingredients. Whisk very well, until all the ingredients are mixed. Put the turkey in the bowl with the marinade and cover with cling film (image 2). Store it in the fridge for at least two hours before grilling.

When grilling on BBQ, every cook has his own preferences and techniques. So you may cook the turkey chops any way you prefer, just remember to brush with the marinade while grilling.

Our way of grilling the chops is:

Litlte Cooking Tips BBQ Grilled turkey in Thai marinade sauce

Use a simple charcoal BBQ and light up a single layer of charcoal (a few pieces, not too dense). Once the fire is ready, place the turkey chops on the grill, on the highest BBQ rack (about 12-14 inches high). You need medium heat to allow the meat to cook inside.

Litlte Cooking Tips BBQ Grilled turkey in Thai marinade sauce

Grill for 20 minutes, turning sides every 5 minutes (turn 3 times in total). Glaze each side with the rest of the marinade when turning. Place the grill closer to the fire. Grill for 3 minutes and turn. Grill for another 2-3 minutes.
Remove the turkey chops from the fire and serve with fresh finely chopped basil.



Put the chops you remove from the BBQ in aluminum foil to keep them moist. You may also use a pot for this; remember to put the lid on.


BBQ Grilled turkey in Thai marinade sauce


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