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Pan-Grilled Zesty Turkey Scallopini

This quick and easy recipe for Pan-Grilled Zesty Turkey Scallopini is packed with flavor. Perfect with a salad, pasta or potatoes.

Turkey Scallopini

I did exactly what you are not supposed to do when planning to lose weight: I set a date to begin the dieting phase. I know, it’s silly and stupid to put it off. And in most cases, it is a set up for failure. After all, isn’t the whole point to renovate your eating habits so that it’s a life change, not just a temporary fix?

In my defense, I knew that I had a ton of baking to do for the holidays. And I also knew it would be even harder than usual to focus on eating better when I would be surrounded by unhealthy foods.

So, I figured I would just kick off the New Year with a bang. Beginning on January 1, I will track what I eat on SparkPeople and cutting out all the bad stuff – fried foods (even if they were homemade), fast food, excessive amounts of sweets, etc.

I’ve already started a little bit of exercise (just a very small ab workout so far) and will increase that to include a little cardio too.

In the meantime though, I have been working on some new recipes with a healthier slant. This one, which is zesty but not spicy (don’t be fooled by the hot sauce — it’s just a bit for tang), was fantastic with the Fettuccine Alfredo pictured but let’s face it — that’s not the healthiest side dish.

For a healthier slant, I would serve it on a salad bed or with a bit of rice and a vegetable like corn.

Yield: 4 servings

Pan-Grilled Zesty Turkey Scallopini

Turkey Scallopini
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb thin boneless skinless turkey breast pieces, sometimes called turkey scallopini


  1. Whisk together the garlic, Italian seasonings, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, paprika, hot sauce and pepper.
  2. Pour over turkey breast pieces and let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat a grill pan over medium. Spray with cooking oil spray
  4. Remove the turkey from the marinade and add to the pan, reserving the marinade.
  5. Cook the turkey for 2-3 minutes per side. When you flip it, spoon a little — a teaspoon or so — extra marinade over the turkey. You'll want to flip one more time, cooking for an additional 1 minute to allow the marinade to cook off.
  6. Enjoy.


Tuesday 9th of June 2020

This was delish! Big hit! Was happy to find a turkey scallopini recipe that was light and healthy, not breaded or in a creamy sauce! Definite repeat


Tuesday 11th of February 2020

After you marinate raw turkey, the marinade should be boiled to kill bacteria before drizzling on cooked turkey. Perhaps baste with the marinade before turning the turkey over so that it sears.

Sarah Walker Caron

Tuesday 11th of February 2020

Hi Diane, if you were going to use the marinade as a sauce, that would be excellent advice. In this case, you are spooning a little — a teaspoon or so — extra marinade over the turkey to give it a greater punch of flavor. Because it's so little, and because the turkey and marinade is cooking (especially when you flip it again), there is no risk of bacteria not being cooked off.

I've updated the recipe for clarity.



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