My Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin is simple to prepare and quick to cook. Start by rubbing the tenderloins with olive oil, poultry seasoning, onion powder, salt and pepper, then leave the air fryer to do all the hard work. A great tasting meal in minutes with flavorful turkey that’s beautifully soft and tender.
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Turkey tenderloin is a really lean meat, and given the smaller size of this cut, is ideal for smaller Thanksgiving, Christmas or holiday gatherings.
However, don’t just think about cooking turkey over the festive holidays. I like using turkey tenderloin as this cut cooks quickly and cooks a lot quicker than a whole turkey breast. This makes it the ideal cut for family dinner any night of the week.
Also, this versatile cut of meat really takes on flavor and is a great, often cheaper, alternative to chicken breast.
The spice rub takes mere minutes to prepare, then the tenderloins get placed into the air fryer to be quickly cooked in only 25 minutes. The air fryer keeps the tenderloins tender and juicy.
For another great way to cook lean turkey breast meat with lots of flavor, try my Sous Vide Turkey Breast, my Oven Baked Turkey Tenderloin, Turkey Thighs and Vegetables, or my Air Fryer Turkey Breast.
Are turkey tenderloins the same as turkey breast?
No, the turkey tenderloin is the boneless part of the turkey breast. It is the skinless piece that sits between the turkey breast and the breast bone. It is a smaller cut than using the entire breast.
Here is what you will need for this recipe:
- Turkey breast tenderloins – these usually come two in a pack and are usually 1/2 a pound or a 3/4 of a pound each.
- Seasoning – olive oil, poultry seasoning, onion powder, kosher salt and black pepper. This seasoning flavors the tenderloin.
How to cook turkey tenderloin in air fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rub the turkey tenderloins with olive oil, poultry seasoning, onion powder, kosher salt, and black pepper.
Place the turkey tenderloins in preheated air fryer basket.
Cook the tenderloins for 22-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove from the air fryer and set aside on a board to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
These tips will help you make the best turkey tenderloin you’ve ever tasted.
- If time allows, you can marinate the turkey tenderloins in the seasoned rub from anything from 30 minutes to 4 hours (a longer marinate as it will improve the flavor).
- A probe thermometer is the easiest method of checking the internal cooking temperature of turkey, or any other meat, to ensure it is done.
- Once the turkey tenderloins have cooked, remove from the air fryer and set aside to rest for 5-10 minutes, before slicing and serving. This will allow the juices to be absorbed back into the turkey and result is moist and tender slices of meat.
This simple spice rub uses poultry seasoning and onion powder as a base. However, here are some other suggestions if you want to mix things up.
- Spices: garlic powder; ground ginger; paprika; cumin; coriander; allspice.
- Herbs: dried herbs like thyme; sage; parsley; tarragon or rosemary.
- Citrus: add some fresh citrus zest, eg lemon; lime; or orange.
- Chili: kick up the heat with some fresh chili, chili flakes or chili powder.
How to serve my air fryer turkey tenderloin
Turkey is a very versatile meat and works with many different sides. I always like to serve potato, one or two veggie sides and some Homemade Gravy.
When it comes to great tasting sides you can’t beat my Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, Scalloped Potatoes with Blue Cheese or my Garlic Mashed Potatoes. For a great alternative to regular potatoes try my Mashed Sweet Potatoes or my Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes.
For vegetable sides I like to add some green peas, or some simple steamed broccoli. Try my Fried Cabbage, Instant Pot Buttered Cabbage, Southern Green Beans, Smothered Green Beans, Carrot Soufflé or Marinated Air Fryer Vegetables.
How to store cooked turkey breast
To refrigerate: Keep any leftover turkey in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Leftovers make a great addition to salads, soups, pasta dishes and sandwiches the next day.
To freeze: Once cooked and cooled, place the turkey into an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator when you are ready to enjoy.
Place the tenderloins into an air fryer basket at 360 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 22-25 minutes.
Cook turkey until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Always check the thickest part of the tenderloin.
Yes, according to the USDA you can cook frozen turkey from frozen in the air fryer. You will need to cook the turkey at a lower temperature of 330 degrees Fahrenheit and cook it longer, closer to 40-50 minutes. The turkey is cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yes, this is a low fat, lean cut of meat.
As the name suggests, the tenderloin is the most lean, tender part of a turkey.
Yes, air frying is significantly healthier than regular frying as the air fryer uses a lot less fats and oils.
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Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin
- 1.5 lbs turkey tenderloins 2 tenderloins, approx 3/4 lb each
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Rub the turkey tenderloins with olive oil, poultry seasoning, onion powder, kosher salt and black pepper.
- Place the turkey tenderloins into the preheated air fryer basket. Cook the tenderloins for 22-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove from the air fryer and set aside on a board to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.