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Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

4.94 from 66 votes

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


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.

close up of turkey tenderloin recipe sliced on a platter

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
4.94 from 66 votes

Turkey Tenderloin

Serves: 4 servings
(tap # to scale)
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.


  • 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


  • 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. Alexis says

    I’m wondering if I have to use the apple cider vinegar or if there is something else I could or not use at all?

    • Lisa Longley says

      This recipe has only been tested as written and I really love the taste of the apple cider vinegar. You do need the acid of the vinegar for the marinade. If you were to replace it with a different vinegar or some other acidic ingredient, we would be headed in new recipe territory that really needs to be tested.

  2. Uticababs says

    Made this for dinner this evening. I didn’t care for the marinade. Although I used low sodium tamari sauce in place of the soy sauce.it was salty. Realized I”m Nita fan of apple cider vinegar. I won’t be making this again. To each his own!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry that you didn’t like this. While I don’t think the apple cider vinegar is overpowering in this, I do think if you don’t like it this one won’t be a winner for you.

  3. Kayla says

    5 stars
    This was the first recipe that popped up on Pinterest for a turkey tenderloin, and I went with it. I’m glad I did because the flavor was phenomenal! My husband and I both loved it! I only let it marinate for 30 minutes and the flavor came through so nicely. I definitely recommend this recipe! It’s absolutely delicious.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much!

  4. Diane D says

    Your marinade looks quite red. I find mine is very dark brown, almost black due to the large amount of soy sauce. Am I missing something?

    • Lisa Longley says

      It’s hard for me to say without being there, but I think it is possible that the brand of apple cider vinegar you use could play into this.


    Balsamic should work well.

  6. GrammyPammy says

    5 stars
    Wow! The marinade was perfect. I let the turkey soak in the fridge for 6 hours. Oven about 40 minutes. Let it rest 15 minutes. Sliced and drizzled pan juices over the turkey slices. HEAVENLY! Thanks, Lisa!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this!

  7. Pam says

    Made this tonight. I didn’t have chipotle powder on hand so used smoked paprika instead. Marinaded in fridge for 24 hours and we absolutely loved it. Will definitely make this again.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it!

  8. Baltisraul says

    5 stars
    I too used sweet smoked paprika for the chipotle seasoning. Wonderful results on this recipe. Ours was perfect after 40 min. It was marinated for 5+ hrs.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Jenny says

    I made the turkey tenderloin this evening. The only thing I changed was the pepper, only had ground red pepper so I cut the amount in half. We enjoyed every bite. In my oven I only cooked it for about 35 minutes and it was over 150 degrees so I covered it in foil and a towel for about 15 minutes while I cooked my veggies. The turkey was so tender and juicy!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Adam says

    Easily the best turkey tenderloin I’ve ever made and it has been deemed one of the best dishes I’ve made to date by family.

    I cooked it via sous vide for 2 hours at 144.5 degrees after letting it marinate in the same bag for 2 hours. I then seared the tenderloin and made a reduction from all the bag juices. The texture, juicyness, and flavor is astounding!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that it was such a hit!

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