Manti Turkey or Chicken

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!

13 comments on “Manti Turkey or Chicken

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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 🙂

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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(:

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

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

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.