This turkey tenderloin recipe is loaded with flavor and wonderfully easy to make. The juicy turkey tenderloin is coated in a simple yet incredibly delicious marinade, and then it's roasted to perfection making for one of the best turkey recipes of all time. And, to make it even better, only 3 simple steps and a handful of simple ingredients are all you need to make this easy turkey recipe!
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The Best Turkey Tenderloin Recipe
If you love turkey, just wait until you try this easy turkey tenderloin recipe.
I mean, it's got all the same flavor as a perfectly roasted turkey breast, except it's even juicier and more tender. Plus, the combination of apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, dijon mustard, and savory herbs that make the marinade creates an elevated mouthwatering flavor that will keep you coming back for more.
While it's marinating and baking, you'll have plenty of time to make some equally delicious sides to go with it. Sides like these cheesy mashed potatoes, these honey glazed carrots, or this corn souffle. Making these will give you all of the elements of a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!
- Turkey breast tenderloins
- Apple cider vinegar- white balsamic vinegar works too.
- Brown sugar- for a hint of sweetness.
- Dijon mustard- you can also use brown mustard depending on your flavor preference.
- Garlic cloves- minced to add savoriness.
- Fresh chopped thyme and rosemary- for a fresh herb flavor.
- Sea salt and pepper- for more flavor.
- Extra-virgin olive oil
How To Make Roasted Turkey Tenderloin
Step 1: Marinade The Turkey Tenderloin
First things first, you're going to make the marinade for your turkey breast tenderloins. To do this, you'll want to take out a large bowl and add the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, garlic thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then, go ahead and give all of the marinade ingredients a good whisk until they fully combine.
Next, place the turkey tenderloins in the bowl with the marinade and toss to coat it. Then you can cover the bowl and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes or overnight if you want to let the flavors infuse even more.
Step 2: Bake The Turkey Tenderloin
Now, once your turkey tenderloins have marinated for long enough, you can preheat your oven to 350°F (180ºC). Then, place the turkey tenderloin in a baking dish so it can hold the extra marinade, and bake it for 30-40 minutes.
Step 3: Serve
Finally, remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Letting it rest is key to getting it to retain its juices and stay nice and tender.
How To Store Roasted Turkey Tenderloin
This recipe for turkey tenderloin will make about 6 large servings. So it makes for the perfect big family dinner or main course if you're hosting. Honestly, it's so delicious that it can take the place of a whole turkey on Thanksgiving - you might just want to make a whole mess of 'em if that's the route you choose to take.
Anyway, if you happen to have some turkey left over, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Alternatively, if you want your turkey breast tenderloin to last even longer, you can store the leftovers in an airtight container - or freezer-safe bag - and freeze them for 4-6 months.
How To Reheat Turkey Tenderloin
Now, to reheat your leftover turkey tenderloin, I recommend using the oven. So, to reheat them there, just place your turkey tenderloins in a baking dish - with a little broth or any leftover marinade you have - and put it in the oven at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes - or until the turkey tenderloins are fully warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
What temperature is turkey tenderloin done at?
You'll want to cook it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F when checking the thickest part of the meat with a meat thermometer.
Is turkey tenderloin the same as turkey breast?
No, they are not. The difference between a whole turkey breast and a turkey breast tenderloin is that tenderloins are a different part of the turkey - they're located from between the breasts - and they're usually easier to eat - and much more tender - than turkey breasts. Also, usually, turkey tenderloins come without the skin on them, and they are boneless. Turkey breasts, on the other hand, usually have the bone still in them and the skin still on them. Turkey breasts are also a much more muscular piece of meat - so they're tougher to eat.
More Dinner Recipes
If you loved this turkey tenderloin recipe and you're looking for more easy dinner recipes just like it, we have a bunch on the blog you can try next!
Here are some of our favorites:
- Baked turkey wings
- Chicken pot pie casserole
- Ground turkey casserole
- Italian chicken cutlets
- Chicken and shrimp alfredo
- 2 turkey breast tenderloins
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- ½ tbsp. fresh chopped thyme
- ½ tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil until evenly combined.
- Place the turkey in the bowl with the marinade and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight, to let the flavors infuse.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180ºC).
- Put the turkey tenderloin with the marinade in a baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes.
- Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 22g