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Throughout Canada, and the United States, turkey meat is considered a traditional meal for thanksgiving dinners. So far the rest of the world is concerned, Turkey is the necessary main course of Christmas dinners all around.
Turkey meat is known for being lean meat containing countless health benefits. Similarly, the turkey tenderloin is the finest and healthiest meat cut out of all the turkey meat. The easiest way to cook turkey tenderloin is to cook it with an air fryer.
Best Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin Recipe (Brownish And Tender)
Although the tenderloin meat comes from the breast, yet it is not the breast itself. Tenderloin is more tender than the random breast meat. Though, all the breast meat is lean and contains the lowest fats.
How to cook the best air fryer turkey tenderloin
The following recipe is arranged for cooking two standard-sized turkey tenderloins which may weigh around 1.5 pounds. The dish after cooking will be sufficient to serve 2 people, and it may take up to one hour time for cooking as a whole. If you want to serve your family or friends with air fryer-cooked turkey tenderloins using this recipe, you have to start cooking well before you want to serve it.
The recipe includes two different lists of ingredients, the one from which will be used for cooking purposes while the second for preparing the dry rub seasoning mixture. The first thing comes first, so below the seasoning ingredients are listed first.
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon sage (dried)
- ¼ teaspoon rosemary (dried)
- ¼ teaspoon paprika (dried)
- ¼ teaspoon thyme (dried)
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
Next comes the ingredients list which is required to cook the delicious turkey tenderloin in your air fryer. The list is as below;
- ½ tablespoon oil (preferably olive oil)
- ½ cup gravy
- 1 tablespoon turkey seasoning
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
The parsley and gravy ingredients are optional picks that we have included for an enhanced flavor. You can minus them according to your taste and choice. It will not affect the basic recipe and you will get the best-cooked turkey tenderloin even without these two items.
We always suggest preparing a checklist of ingredients especially when there are a lot of ingredients involve. The practice of marking the checklist ensures the presence of every necessary item on the count before you start cooking.
Take a small bowl to prepare the poultry seasoning in it. All the ingredients you have marked for the dry rub seasoning need to be added to that bowl. Twist and stir the content with a spoon so that everything is well combined.
Turn towards your air fryer and let it preheat for around 5 to 6 minutes at a temperature of 350°F.
Meanwhile, the air fryer preheats, you can proceed with the seasoning process. First of all, rub all the olive oil all around the tenderloin meat evenly. Then pour the dry rub seasoning on the turkey tenderloin and rub it to create an even layer all around. You can do the seasoning in parts such as apply half of the oil on one side and rub half the seasoning, then turn them upside down and repeat the process with the remaining oil and seasoning. You can also use a kitchen brush to apply the oil over the meat.
Hope that the air fryer is preheated. Open it and spray the basket with cooking oil slightly. Place the tenderloins in the basket carefully. There should be at least 2 inches distance between the two pieces so that the warm air can wander around easily and the tenderloins are cooked evenly on every side.
The required cooking temperature is the same as 350°F. Let the air fryer cook your tenderloins for as long as 25 minutes. When the time is up, open the air fryer and flip the pieces upside down. Start cooking another 20 to 25 minutes. On being cooked, the internal temperature of tenderloin should be 165°F. If you are using a thermometer to check the temperature, you can increase or decrease the cooking time to acquire the appropriate cooking level.
On spending the required time, take the turkey out of the air fryer and let it rest for a short while. Do not try to slice the meat until at least 10 minutes are gone. You can use the parsley and gravy for garnishing and serving purposes along with the juicy tenderloin.
You can serve the turkey tenderloin cooked in your air fryer with several roasted veggies and gravy options. Almost everything goes perfectly with this amazing meal, so you can choose what to serve with it, according to your taste and choice.
For a few simpler ideas, you can either use the bay-roasted mashed potatoes or the green beans with goat cheese salad. Another perfect combination of turkey tenderloin can be made with Brussel sprouts and speck gratin.
Turkey meat is the powerhouse of necessary vitamins, minerals, and several other nutrients. Out of all the turkey cuts, breast meat is considered to be best for its nutritional benefits. You get a sufficient level of protein, along with vitamins B3, B6, and B12 from turkey breast meat.
From an 84 gram piece of turkey tenderloin, you can intake 61 percent vitamin B3 of the daily value, 49 percent of vitamin B6, while 29 percent of vitamin B12. The skinless and boneless meat of turkey such as tenderloin is really low on fats and provides high-quality protein to the human body.
Possible Health Risks
Turkey meat is a fair replacement for chicken white meat. Though, the processed turkey meat can be high in sodium that is seriously risky for people with blood pressure vulnerabilities and heart diseases.
For a healthy person, turkey meals can be the most favorite plate as well as these healthy intakes also support people with low immunity and weaker muscles. Turkey meat can also help the human body for skin issues and tissues repairing and reproduction as well as it supports the blood regulation and blood cells health. Though, the excessive use of everything is not recommended at all. For better and healthy living, always maintain a balanced diet so that you can keep enjoying the flavorsome foods forever.