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Turkey Tenders

Easy Baked Turkey Tenders on Plate
These simple, baked homemade turkey tenders are spices and Parmesan coated turkey breast strips that are baked before served with your favorite dipping sauce.
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  1. TURKEY TENDERS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS TURKEY TENDERS RECIPE
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These classic turkey tenders are a delicious and 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. Our homemade tenders are ideal served with your favorite dipping sauces and sides. I’m excited to partner with the National Turkey Federation to bring you this recipe.

Make it a complete meal with creamy mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and green bean casserole.

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TURKEY TENDERS INGREDIENTS

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You will 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
  • 2 ½ 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)

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 corn flakes.

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 1 ½ inch strips.  You can then cut those strips to the size you want for your tenders.

Why We Love Turkey

• Turkey is naturally low in fat and provides immune-boosting nutrients like iron, zinc, and potassium.
• Turkey is naturally high in B vitamins, which help your body produce energy.
• Turkey is packed with lean protein to keep people feeling full longer. In fact, 50 percent of your daily value of lean protein is found in a single serving of turkey.
• Turkey soaks in the flavor of whatever seasonings or marinades it’s cooked with, so get creative!

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.

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

A plate of food on a table, with Turkey and Casserole

STEP THREE: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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 pie plate mix together the bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and parmesan cheese.

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

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

Turkey and Bread crumbs

STEP EIGHT: Bake turkey tenders for 20 minutes. 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 more crispy.

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

STORING LEFTOVERS

IN THE FRIDGE: You can keep these for 3-4 days in the fridge. Reheat them in the over at 400 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. You can also use an airfryer 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 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

A plate of food, with Bread crumbs and Turkey Breast

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

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Easy Baked Turkey Tenders on Plate

Turkey Tenders

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These simple, baked homemade turkey tenders are spices and Parmesan coated turkey breast strips that are baked before 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 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
  • 2 ½ 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 all the turkey tenders 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 degrees.
  • Prepare a large cookie sheet with a cooling rack placed on it. Spray the cooling rack with nonstick spray.
  • In a 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. Using a cooling rack you don’t have to turn them over during cooking.
  • Place under broiler for 3 minutes to get even more crispy.

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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