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Turkey Tenders

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These simple, baked homemade turkey tenders are coated in parmesan cheese and spices and then baked before being served with your favorite dipping sauce.
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  1. Turkey Tenders Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Turkey Tenders Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These classic turkey tenders have tons of flavor and are an easy dinner option that will please the whole family. Sliced turkey breast is coated with a crispy batter of bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and spices, then baked; perfect for dipping.

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Turkey Tenders Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Grated zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2½ pounds turkey tenders (or 2 to 3-pound turkey breast, plain or oven-ready)
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • Cooking oil spray (olive oil is best)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

ITALIAN: You can add a teaspoon of Italian seasoning to your spice mix as well for a more Italian-flavored kick.

CORN FLAKES: Instead of bread crumbs, you could use crushed cornflakes as a great option.

TURKEY: If you can’t find turkey tenders in your store, you can make your own by picking up a turkey breast. You will be cutting against the grain, so look for the white veining in the meat. Whatever direction the white “stripes” are going, you cut opposite. Cut in about 1 to 1½-inch strips. You can then cut those strips to the size you want for your tenders.

SPICY: If you want a little added kick to your tender coating for this easy turkey recipe, add a dash of chili powder or cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix.

How To Make This Turkey Tenders Recipe

STEP ONE: In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, olive oil, melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic.

whisked together turkey tender ingredients in a bowl

STEP TWO: Add the turkey tenders and make sure they all have been coated in the egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to marinate for one hour or, even better, overnight.

turkey tender added to the egg mixture in a bowl and wrapped with plastic

STEP THREE: Preheat the oven to 400°F.

STEP FOUR: Prepare a large cookie sheet with a cooling rack placed on it. Spray the cooling rack with nonstick spray.

STEP FIVE: In a shallow pie plate, mix together the bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and parmesan cheese.

bread crumbs, paprik, garlic powder, onion powder, and parmesan cheese mix together in a bowl

STEP SIX: Place each turkey tender into the breadcrumb mixture and coat well on both sides.

turkey tender placed into the bread crumb mixture

STEP SEVEN: Place the turkey tenders onto the sheet pan on the cooling rack. Lightly spray the turkey tenders with olive oil cooking spray.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

PRO TIP: Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your tenders as the suggested baking time approaches.

olive oil cooking spray sprayed over the tenders

STEP EIGHT: Bake turkey tenders for 20 minutes. Since you are using a cooling rack, you don’t have to turn them over during cooking.

PRO TIP:

Place under broiler for 3 minutes to get even crispier.

Turkey Tenders baked and placed under a broiler

STEP NINE: Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite dipping sauces.

How To Serve

Our homemade tenders are ideal to serve with your favorite dipping sauces and sides. Try our copycat Chick Fil A sauce and honey mustard sauce for two fantastic choices. Make it a complete and easy weeknight meal with creamy mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and green bean casserole.

Our turkey chili and turkey taco ring are two turkey recipes that use this delicious and often overlooked meat.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can keep these for 3 to 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Reheat them in the oven at 400°F for about 8 to 10 minutes. You can also use an air fryer to help reheat and get them crispy if you have one.

IN THE FREEZER: You could make a double batch of these turkey tenders and freeze half for a fast snack, lunch, or dinner on a busy day. Place the frozen tenders on a baking sheet and reheat for 18 to 20 minutes at 400°F.

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Hearty turkey breast is sliced and marinated before being dipped in a homemade blend of parmesan cheese, spices, and bread crumbs before being baked. You’ll love the crunch and irresistible flavor.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze these turkey tenders?

This easy turkey tenderloin recipe can be frozen for up to a month in an airtight container.

Can I use panko bread crumbs instead?

If you’d like extra crunch for this great recipe, panko breadcrumbs would be a great choice.

Can I prepare and bread the turkey ahead of time?

We think it is best to coat the turkey right before baking. You can marinate the turkey in the egg mixture overnight, but stick to the breading when you are ready to cook these.

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These simple, baked homemade turkey tenders are coated in parmesan cheese and spices and then baked before being served with your favorite dipping sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 33 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 lemon Grated zest and juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • pounds turkey tenders, or 2 to 3 pound turkey breast, plain or oven-ready
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • Cooking oil spray (olive oil is best)

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, olive oil, melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  • Add the turkey tenders and make sure they all have been coated in the egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to marinate for one hour or, even better, overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Prepare a large cookie sheet with a wire cooling rack placed on it. Spray the cooling rack with nonstick spray.
  • In a shallow pie plate, mix together the bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and parmesan cheese.
  • Place each turkey tender into the bread crumb mixture and coat well on both sides.
  • Place the turkey tenders onto the sheet pan on the cooling rack. Lightly spray the turkey tenders with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Bake turkey tenders for 20 minutes. Since you are using a cooling rack, you don’t have to turn them over during cooking.

Notes

  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your tenders as the suggested baking time approaches.
  • Place tenders under the broiler for 3 minutes to get even crispier.

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 870mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 529IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 2mg
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