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Manti Turkey or Chicken

by Laura

This is the marinade I was talking about a little bit ago when I posted the Grilled Chicken Cola Marinade.  It is a well known recipe in Utah.  In the area around Manti, Utah there are turkey farms so I think this is why the recipe is called what it is.  Norbest has a farm in Moroni which is near Manti.  If anyone one knows the exact story I’d love to hear it.  Well, no matter how it got it’s name it’s delicious.
I think the first time I ever had this was at a bbq at my Aunts house.  It is intended to be used with turkey breasts but it also works well with chicken.  I have been making this recipe for over 14 years now and it is a definite family favorite.  I usually make it with chicken tenders.


Manti Turkey or Chicken
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup canola oil (or vegetable)
1 cup Sprite
1/2 tsp. horseradish
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
6-8 turkey breasts or chicken breasts (Or equal amount of chicken tenders)
Mix together first 5 ingredients in a gallon zipper bag.  Add turkey or chicken and marinate in the fridge for 2-8 hours.  (We do the whole 8 hours).  Grill until cook through.  Enjoy!

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28 comments

L. Smith June 28, 2020 - 7:26 pm

My family always cuts a whole boneless turkey breast into 1 inch cubes while it is still slightly frozen and then puts the pieces on a broiling pan after they have marinated. We broil them for 8 minutes, turn them over, and broil them again for another 8 minutes. They have to be done in batches this way which is more time consuming and created the problem of my mom having to chase everyone out of the kitchen with a wooden spoon so the earliest batches didn’t disappear before she was finished cooking but I did try it once with whole chicken breasts to try and cut corners and I felt like the flavor of the marinade just wasn’t as strong and the meat wasn’t as juicy. I definitely prefer the broiled chunks version if you have the time for it. The best part was in the rare event of leftovers, being able to just steal a few cold pieces of cooked leftover Manti turkey from the fridge for a snack. BTW, I first had this at the Manti Pageant held at the Manti Temple every year and always thought that was where it got its name.

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Bert Chapman March 21, 2014 - 9:02 pm

I lived and farmed in Manti back in the 90’s, we learned how to cook Sanpete turkey while there. We were told to always dip each piece back in the marinade every time we turned it on the grill. I sure love that stuff. I used it on pheasant breasts once, it was excellent. (the dipping each time I was told keeps it juicy).

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Bert Chapman March 21, 2014 - 9:02 pm

I lived and farmed in Manti back in the 90’s, we learned how to cook Sanpete turkey while there. We were told to always dip each piece back in the marinade every time we turned it on the grill. I sure love that stuff. I used it on pheasant breasts once, it was excellent. (the dipping each time I was told keeps it juicy).

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Rich October 22, 2013 - 6:31 pm

I’m from Manti, not sure where the recipe came from but I know what made is to popular, because there are so many turkey farmers in the area the LDS Church used turkey to make dinners to sell as a fundraiser to all the people that came to Manti for the Mormon Miracle Pageant, also there were not enough/any restaurants to accommodate the huge crowds. because of the superb flavor this recipe became World famous.

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Rich October 22, 2013 - 6:31 pm

I’m from Manti, not sure where the recipe came from but I know what made is to popular, because there are so many turkey farmers in the area the LDS Church used turkey to make dinners to sell as a fundraiser to all the people that came to Manti for the Mormon Miracle Pageant, also there were not enough/any restaurants to accommodate the huge crowds. because of the superb flavor this recipe became World famous.

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Carlee November 15, 2011 - 11:30 am

I love this turkey as well. In fact, I am one of those turkey farmers from Moroni! I do know bits and pieces of how the recipe originated. I am having turkey month this month on my blog, and a little turkey show off party on Friday, I would love for you to share a turkey recipe. We are having fun giveaways as part of it… Hopefully even some turkey gift certificates.
Carlee
https://www.ladybirdln.com/2011/11/turkey-daze.html

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Chanin June 3, 2020 - 5:51 pm

Hi Carlee, I’d love to know more about the Manti Turkey recipe and what you remember. I went to your blog but couldn’t find it. Any information you could give me, I’d love to use in my family cookbook. Thanks.

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Carlee November 15, 2011 - 11:30 am

I love this turkey as well. In fact, I am one of those turkey farmers from Moroni! I do know bits and pieces of how the recipe originated. I am having turkey month this month on my blog, and a little turkey show off party on Friday, I would love for you to share a turkey recipe. We are having fun giveaways as part of it… Hopefully even some turkey gift certificates.
Carlee
https://www.ladybirdln.com/2011/11/turkey-daze.html

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Aubrey May 29, 2011 - 2:01 pm

This recipe looks great! Quick question for you, how did you prepare the noodles and veggies you served with it?
Thanks for all the great tips and recipes 🙂

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Aubrey May 29, 2011 - 2:01 pm

This recipe looks great! Quick question for you, how did you prepare the noodles and veggies you served with it?
Thanks for all the great tips and recipes 🙂

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Amy January 27, 2011 - 2:58 pm

I’m from Ephraim and we eat it all the time. In fact I always have the Sanpete turkey marinade turkey in my freezer. It is so yummy!!

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Amy January 27, 2011 - 2:58 pm

I’m from Ephraim and we eat it all the time. In fact I always have the Sanpete turkey marinade turkey in my freezer. It is so yummy!!

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Jennifer August 24, 2010 - 5:26 pm

I made this on Sunday. Marinated it 8 hours and then grilled it. My whole family enjoyed the mild flavor. I think I will put in more horseradish next time. Maybe some fresh garlic too.

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Jennifer August 24, 2010 - 5:26 pm

I made this on Sunday. Marinated it 8 hours and then grilled it. My whole family enjoyed the mild flavor. I think I will put in more horseradish next time. Maybe some fresh garlic too.

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Ashley August 18, 2010 - 7:22 pm

There aren’t any cooking directions, it looks like it was grilled in the picture? Is there another way to cook it, possibly a crock-pot method? Thanks! Love every single recipe I have tried from here! Can’t wait to buy your cookbook(:

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Ashley August 18, 2010 - 7:22 pm

There aren’t any cooking directions, it looks like it was grilled in the picture? Is there another way to cook it, possibly a crock-pot method? Thanks! Love every single recipe I have tried from here! Can’t wait to buy your cookbook(:

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pam August 18, 2010 - 12:55 pm

I remember eating this at church dinners all the way back when…. I grew up in that area.

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pam August 18, 2010 - 12:55 pm

I remember eating this at church dinners all the way back when…. I grew up in that area.

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Julie August 18, 2010 - 9:02 am

I made this last night for dinner and it was the most moist chicken I hubby has ever grilled! Thanks for the great recipe!

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Julie August 18, 2010 - 9:02 am

I made this last night for dinner and it was the most moist chicken I hubby has ever grilled! Thanks for the great recipe!

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Carlin August 17, 2010 - 10:00 pm

This recipe has been a family favorite for years!! LOVE that Manti chicken!

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Carlin August 17, 2010 - 10:00 pm

This recipe has been a family favorite for years!! LOVE that Manti chicken!

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Cathy J August 17, 2010 - 1:30 pm

I usually serve that kind of chicken on a salad with rice vinegar dressing, delish!

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Cathy J August 17, 2010 - 1:30 pm

I usually serve that kind of chicken on a salad with rice vinegar dressing, delish!

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Debbie P August 17, 2010 - 9:51 am

I do this recipe without the horseradish, and I use ginger ale in place of the Sprite. It is delicious. Something in the soda tenderizes the meat, and it is SO good!

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Debbie P August 17, 2010 - 9:51 am

I do this recipe without the horseradish, and I use ginger ale in place of the Sprite. It is delicious. Something in the soda tenderizes the meat, and it is SO good!

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Kim August 17, 2010 - 6:46 am

I have also made it without the garlic salt and horshradish, and it has turned out divine. I went to Snow College, right outside of Manti. It was a staple in college. Thanks for brining back some fun memories!

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Kim August 17, 2010 - 6:46 am

I have also made it without the garlic salt and horshradish, and it has turned out divine. I went to Snow College, right outside of Manti. It was a staple in college. Thanks for brining back some fun memories!

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