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posted: 09/18/21

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Turkey Tenderloin is a delicious and easy dinner idea. This perfect turkey breast tenderloin rests in the best marinade, and then bakes up for a simple, healthy, delicious dinner.

close up of turkey tenderloin recipe sliced and on a platter, garnished with parsley

I have such a delicious dinner recipe for you today that requires so little hands on time. Marinating meat and baking it before dinner may take a little bit of planning, but it is so worth it. With this Turkey Tenderloin recipe we are using a really simple marinade with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

What we are left with after baking is a melt in your mouth turkey tenderloin that is full of smokey flavor with the smallest hints of sweet and spice. This is a light and healthy low carb dinner that you will come back to over and over.

Reader Review

Another delicious recipe from you! We really enjoyed this and I was apprehensive of the marinade, but it was so good. Another one of your recipes I would recommend.

marinade being poured over turkey tenderloin

How to Cook Turkey Tenderloin

  1. Marinate the turkey tenderloin. The first step in this recipe is to whisk together a simple marinade. Let the turkey sit for 2 to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Bake the turkey. After marinating, the turkey is removed from the marinade. You then bake it in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
  3. Let the turkey rest. After roasting any meat, you should let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. This prevents the juices from running out of the meat and leads to juicier cuts.
  4. Slice and enjoy.

Turkey Tenderloin Marinade

We tweaked and tested the marinade a few times until we were left with something we really fell in love with. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. For the full measurements, please scroll to the bottom of the post and find the printable recipe card.

  • apple cider vinegar
  • low sodium soy sauce
  • lime juice
  • garlic cloves
  • brown sugar
  • chipotle powder
  • dried onion flakes
  • chili powder
  • ground mustard
overhead of a turkey breast tenderloin sitting in a marinade

How Long to Marinate Turkey Tenderloin

A common misconception is that you can’t marinate meat for too long. Or that the longer you marinate the meat the better. This is actually not true. The acid that we use in a marinade, in this case the apple cider vinegar and the lime juice, are great because they break down the outside of the meat. This allows the rest of the flavors to penetrate the meat.

However, if you marinate meat for too long, the meat will break down too much. This will lead to meat that isn’t tender, but rather gummy. No one wants that. A good rule of thumb is to not marinate your meat for longer than 24 hours. Because the turkey tenderloin is already quite tender, you can get away with marinating this for 30 minutes.

How to Keep Turkey Moist

Besides a great marinade, the other key to keeping a turkey moist when cooking is to not over cook it. This recipe goes from underdone to done very quickly. In our oven, it reached 165 degrees at about 47 minutes.

I highly recommend investing in an instant read thermometer so that you can pull this out of the oven right when it hits 165 degrees. You can even it pull it out a minute or two before and it will continue cooking outside of the oven. Don’t be shy about testing the meat. At about 40 minutes take a read of it so you know how quickly it is cooking.

close up of turkey tenderloin recipe sliced on a platter

FAQ

What is a turkey tenderloin?

A turkey tenderloin comes from the breast of the turkey.

What temperature is turkey done at?

A turkey is done cooking when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

What temperature should turkey tenderloin be cooked at?

This recipe should be roasted at 350 degrees for approximately 45 to 50 minutes.

What can I use instead of soy sauce?

If you are allergic to soy, you could replace it with Braggs Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos. If you are using Braggs, I recommend cutting the amount used as it is much more salty. Start with half and taste the marinade before adding the meat.

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What to Serve with this Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

There are so many great side dishes to serve with this recipe. If you are specifically looking to keep this dinner low carb, I recommend the following sides:

If you aren’t looking to keep things low carb, I would make these amazing Cheddar Bay Biscuits to go with this.

close up of turkey tenderloin recipe sliced and on a platter, garnished with parsley
4.84 from 18 votes

Turkey Tenderloin

Serves: 4 servings
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Turkey Tenderloin is a delicious and easy dinner idea. This perfect turkey breast tenderloin rests in the best marinade, and then bakes up for a simple, healthy, delicious dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds turkey tenderloin

Turkey Tenderloin Marinade

  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Instructions

  • Make the marinade by combinging all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Put the turkey in a sealable container. Pour the marinade over the turkey tenderloin. Place the container in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Take the turkey out of the marinade and place in the baking dish, discarding the rest of the marinade.
  • Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes or until the turkey registers 165 degrees. We highly recommend checking the temperature at 40 minutes as this recipe can quickly go from undercooked to over done.
Calories: 197kcal (10%) Carbohydrates: 3g (1%) Protein: 43g (86%) Fat: 1g (2%) Cholesterol: 105mg (35%) Sodium: 420mg (18%) Potassium: 36mg (1%) Sugar: 1g (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. Cindy says

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you liked it!

  2. Louise says

    I used this marinade for my turkey st Easter. It was delicious. I’m using the recipe again for guests this weekend.
    The ingredients are things I have on hand which makes it a “simple joy.”
    It was good advice to check at 40 minutes as it was the desired temperature at that time.
    Thanks for another winner.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it, Louise! Your simple joy mention made my day – it’s always beautiful watching your dreams come to fruition. Thank you!

  3. Linda Ski says

    2 stars
    We also found the tenderloin extremely salty and I even omitted salt from the rub which means there was too much kosher salt in the brine recipe. I could not eat it but my husband tried to spare my feelings. This is not good.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m wondering if you are referring to a different recipe because this one doesn’t have a rub, and the only source of salt in it is low sodium soy sauce.

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