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How to Cook a Turkey Tenderloin in the Oven

author image Kathryn Meininger
Kathryn Meininger began writing and publishing poetry in 1967. She was co-founder and editor of the professional magazine "Footsteps" and began writing articles online in 2010. She earned a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from William Paterson University.
How to Cook a Turkey Tenderloin in the Oven
A gourmet turkey tenderloin on a plate with vegetables and sauce. Photo Credit Rohit Seth/Hemera/Getty Images

You don't have to wait for a special holiday to enjoy a turkey dinner fresh from the oven. You can roast a turkey tenderloin without all the fuss of preparing the whole bird any time of year. Turkey tenderloin is a boneless and skinless cut of white meat from the inside center of the turkey breast. You can purchase turkey tenderloin unseasoned or pre-seasoned with herbs such as rosemary, lemon and garlic. Turkey tenderloin is a grilling favorite, but you can also make it right in your oven.

Step 1

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Remove the plain fresh turkey tenderloin from its package. One package contains up to three strips of turkey tenderloin. Rinse the turkey tenderloin carefully with cold water, taking care not to cross-contaminate anything with the splatter, as any packaged turkey product may contain bacterial contaminants.

Step 3

Brush each turkey tenderloin generously with olive oil and then season to taste with salt and ground black pepper. The olive oil helps the seasonings adhere to the tenderloin and gives it a crisp, brown coating while cooking.

Step 4

Arrange the seasoned turkey tenderloin in a large baking dish and cover with 1 cup of reduced-sodium chicken broth.

Step 5

Roast the turkey tenderloins in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 40 minutes. The exact cooking time varies by how many tenderloins you are cooking at one time.

Step 6

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The U.S. Department of Agriculture states the internal temperature should read at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit at the center for the turkey tenderloins to be thoroughly cooked.

Step 7

Remove the pan from the oven using pot holders and set aside.

Step 8

Allow the turkey tenderloins to rest for 10 minutes. Use a sharp knife to slice the tenderloins into 1/2-inch thick medallions. Place the turkey tenderloin medallions on a meat platter and serve as desired.

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