Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turkey Tenderloins
2013 – Gluten Free Living
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turkey Tenderloins is a succulent main dish is baked with a delicious sauce of Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and a tasty seasoned salt from a local restaurant in the DFW metroplex poured over the top. We thought the turkey tenderloins were mouthwatering this way and quite wonderful. This quick and easy recipe is an economical main dish for anyone on a shoestring budget.
Many of you have seen the Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chicken recipe floating around on Pinterest in many variations. I had a couple of Turkey Tenderloins in my freezer that I wanted to use up and I decided to try this recipe again with Greek yogurt and a little more Parmesan cheese along with adding a tasty seasoning salt made from Chef Point Cafe in Watauga, Texas.
Grocery stores offer turkey tenderloins, turkey filets, and other turkey cuts all the time, and since turkey is one of my favorite meats, this seemed like a no-brainer to me. When you look at the pictures you won’t be able to tell the difference between these turkey tenderloins and regular chicken breasts. These turkey tenderloins were cut just like chicken breasts.
Some of the online Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chicken recipes call for the chicken to be baked at 475 and others at 425. I found both of these temperatures too high so that the meat browned too quickly. I finally settled on a temperature of 375, so some of the pictures show a little char-broiling–uh, char-baking from when I started the turkey out at the higher temperature!
Even still, the taste of the turkey tenderloins was superb. The first time I made this recipe, I used Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise or Miracle Whip. Greek yogurt’s texture really doesn’t fare well under the high temperatures. It ends up becoming too soupy.
Other alternatives are sour cream, mayo or Miracle Whip–even ricotta cheese. I highly recommend you increase the flavorings of the spices to bump up the flavor a bit. The meat will turn out with more flavor if you do. You can also add other spices in addition to the ones listed in the original Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chicken Breasts recipe like paprika, thyme, rosemary, dill weed, and marjoram as all will work well with a recipe like this.
If you’re looking for a tasty and delicious way to make turkey tenderloins, then consider trying Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turkey Tenderloins sometime soon. Even your kids will enjoy eating turkey or chicken this way. It’s really a delicious entree for company, too. I do suggest, however, that you spread the turkey tenderloins with only a thin layer of sauce, and substitute sour cream, mayonnaise or Miracle Whip instead of Greek yogurt.
While those options aren’t as healthy as the Greek yogurt, they hold up better while baking than Greek yogurt. Also you will totally overwhelm the turkey tenderloins with the flavor of yogurt or mayonnaise unless you use a very thin layer of sauce on top.
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turkey Tenderloins is a simple main dish entree that’s very quick and easy to prepare.
This easy, baked turkey tenderloin recipe can be ready for your oven in about five minutes–especially, if you don’t have to hand-grate the Parmesan cheese. Since I hand-grated the Parmesan cheese it took me about eight minutes!
Here’s a close up of Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turkey Tenderloins so you can see the texture of the interior of the turkey.
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turkey Tenderloins are a gluten free option for those with gluten intolerance.
Here’s what I did.
Spray a small glass baking dish with cooking spray and place turkey tenderloins in the dish. While I only made two turkey tenderloins the sauce is enough for either four turkey tenderloins or four boneless chicken breasts, or one whole chicken.
To make sauce: start with sour cream or mayonnaise. I used Greek yogurt here, but it doesn’t hold up as well under high temperatures and liquifies too much.
Grate up Parmesan cheese and add to yogurt/mayo.
Add garlic powder. Don’t be afraid to add a little more if you like a nice garlicky taste on your meat.
Add black pepper. This recipe could probably use more pepper.
Use your favorite all-purpose season all seasoning. I used this stuff that I purchased at Chef Point Cafe in Watauga, Texas, since it’s one of our favorite restaurants around here.
Stir to combine. This is enough sauce for FOUR turkey tenderloins or four large chicken breasts.
Bake at 375 about 45 minutes. Do not spread this much sauce on the turkey tenderloins!
Since I only had two turkey tenderloins, I spooned ALL the sauce over top of the turkey! This will provide a VERY STRONG yogurt flavor. I don’t recommend doing this! All you will taste is yogurt. Spread a very thin layer of sauce (mayo or sour cream recommended instead), and bake about 30 minutes. By that time you may have to cover with foil to prevent over browning.
I served Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turkey Tenderloins with a Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Peach Bake, and a fruit cup.
The turkey prepared this way was succulent, juicy, tasty, and wonderful!
Here’s another close up so you can see the texture of the turkey.
I started baking this at 475, which I soon turned down to 425. I ended up baking this at 375 which was a better heat for my oven. Even still some of the turkey got a little char-broiled!
Here’s the recipe.
MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH TURKEY TENDERLOINS
(Recipe adapted from Denise in NY via food.com)
- 2-4 boneless turkey breast tenderloins
- ½ cup mayonnaise, Miracle Whip or sour cream
- 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp. [url href=”http://www.chefpointcafe.org/” target=”_blank” title=”chef pointe cafe”]Chef Point Season-All seasoning salt [/url]or your favorite seasoning salt
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- ¾ tsp. garlic powder
- Mix Greek yogurt, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings.
- Spread over top of turkey breast tenderloins.
- Place in baking dish and bake at 375° for 45-60 minutes.
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turkey Tenderloins is a great recipe for company. It’s so easy you can pop it in the oven and forget about it. Add a side dish and fruit or dessert and you’re good to go! We loved the savory flavors of the Parmesan cheese with the garlic powder, and season all seasoning.
Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of the meat. These turkey tenderloins were so large that we probably could have gotten 4 servings out of them.
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Turkey Tenderloins is a quick and easy main dish recipe. If you amp up the spices it tastes really wonderfully.