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Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

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Crispy baked in the oven Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders could be on your dinner table tonight.  Quick prep and cooking time makes them a great weeknight dinner.  Add a salad and you’re all set for dinner.  Take a look!

Close up of the Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders with a dip
Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

If you happen to be a fan of Easy Chicken Tenders Recipes, you’ll want to make these turkey tenders. Serve them up with the Old Fashioned Potato Salad or the Crispy Oven Fries for a great dinner!

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Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

What are These Turkey Tenders Like

  • Difficulty – These are really easy to make and cook quickly in the oven. You can prep them up to 24 hours and keep them in the fridge before cooking.
  • Taste – These are tender, juicy with a light bread crumbed parmesan crust.
  • Serving – This recipe will serve about 4 people as an appetizer. In the recipe card at the end of the post you can easily adjust the serving size.
parmesan crusted turkey tenders with a dip
Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

What we need to make the Turkey Tenders

First off, I used turkey cutlets and cut them into strips.  If you find those hard to get your hands on, just use turkey breasts. 

I used fresh bread crumbs.  Basically just sliced bread that I put in the food processor.  Then there’s a few herbs, spices, cheese and stuff to make the dip.  You’ll see a full list of ingredients in the recipe below.

TIP FOR TURNING TURKEY BREAST INTO TURKEY TENDERS! Place the breast between two sheets of parchment paper and using kitchen mallet to flatten them to about 1 inch in thickness.  Then cut them into strips

Ingredients to make the parmesan crusted turkey tenders
Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

Make your bread crumbs crispy

When using fresh bread crumbs in cooking, sometimes it’s a good idea to crisp them up first.  In this recipe, it’s essential.  If you don’t get them crispy before coating the Turkey Tenders, you likely won’t get the best result.  So, make sure not to skip this step.

The easiest way to do this is on the stove top.  Just melt the butter in a skillet set over medium heat.  Add the bread crumbs and give a good stir.  Add the seasonings and stir for a few minutes until the are a bit golden.  Then take them off the heat and let them cool.

After you’ve crisped the bread crumbs, let them cool for a few minutes before.  If you want to speed up the cooling process, just shake the pan a few time to help them cool down. 

Don’t add the parmesan cheese until the bread crumbs have cooled.  If you add the cheese too soon, it will melt into the bread in clumps.  You don’t want that. 

Add the parmesan and parsley to the cooled bread crumbs and you’re ready to put these Turkey Tenders together.

Now put them all together.  Remember to have your oven preheated to 375 degrees F.

Dip the turkey in the beaten egg.  Then firmly press it into the bread crumb mixture.  Place them on the baking tray as you coat them.  Repeat for all turkey.  All these fit on one large baking tray.

Make the Djjon Mustard and Honey Dipping Sauce

So simple.  Just combine the honey, mustard, mayonnaise, white vinegar and paprika in a bowl.  Whisk and done.  It doesn’t get a whole lot easier than that.  Don’t like mustard?  Well, you can use any dipping sauce for these Turkey Tenders, this is just merely a suggestion.  But if you love mustard, make this sauce.  So simple and delish! And this dipping sauce goes great with the Cajun Dry Rub Chicken Wings too.

Here’s a few dipping sauces to get you started!

Oven Baked Crispy Turkey Tenders

I baked the Turkey Tenders for exactly 15 minutes in a 375 F degree oven.  They were perfectly crispy and tender on the inside.  Quite often turkey gets a bad reputation as being dry and flavourless, I disagree!  I use turkey cutlets quite often and we always find they turn out perfect.

Close up of the parmesan crusted turkey tenders
Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

Can you shallow fry the Turkey Tenders

Yes, of course you can.  You can do them in a deep sided skillet over high heat.  Get the oil good and hot.  I recommend using a vegetable based oil for this.  Something like sunflower oil would work really well. 

After the oil is hot, add one and see if it sizzles.  If so, add the turkey tenders and cook for a few minutes each side until cooked through.  Remove and drain on paper towels.  Easy.

parmesan crusted turkey tenders on a plate with a dipping sauce and a napkin
Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

Can you serve the Turkey Tenders cold

The short answer is yes.   No lie, they are best hot, but can be eaten after they’ve been sitting around for a while.  The main difference is the crunch.  After they sit for a while, they loose their crispness.  But still great. 

close up of the Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders and a dipping sauce
Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

Store the Dipping Sauce in the fridge

The sauce will keep up to a week in the fridge.  You can make and store it for later if you like.  This recipe also easily doubles, triples, quadruples…you get the picture.

Turkey tenders with a mustard dipping sauce
Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

That pretty much sums up all you need to get your perfect Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders.  Keep them in mind for quick evening dinners, appetizers or pot lucks.  We loved them and hope you get a chance to enjoy them as well. Much like the Spicy Barbecue Chicken Strips, they are a hit!

Don’t forget to come back Wednesday to see what’s coming your way.  Hint, something on the sweet side.

As always, thanks for stopping by and happy cooking!

Close up of the turkey tenders with a dipping sauce
Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders

Break out the barbecue for these easy and tasty Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Tenders. Chicken tenders lightly marinaded in a homemade teriyaki sauce and grilled to perfection. On the table in under 30 minutes!
Check out this recipe
Chicken tenders in teriyaki sauce on a plate.

Parmesan Crusted Turkey Cutlets

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Check out this recipe
Baked turkey cutlets with marinara sauce.

Breaded Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders

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Close up of crispy fried chicken.

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Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders

Crispy baked in the oven Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders could be on your dinner table tonight.  Quick prep and cooking time makes them a great weeknight dinner.  Add a salad and you're all set for your Monday evening.  Take a look!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Keyword: turkey
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 591kcal
Author: Julia Pinney


For the turkey:

  • 12 oz Turkey cutlets cut into 2 inch strips (approximately 4 turkey cutlets)
  • 2 Cups bread crumbs coarse
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 1/3 Cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • Small bunch fresh parsley finely chopped

For the Dijon mustard and honey dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon paprika


  • Make the sauce. Combine the mayonnaise, honey, Dijon mustard, vinegar and paprika in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Have ready a large baking tray.
  • In a medium skillet set over medium to high heat, melt the butter. Add the bread crumbs and give a good toss in the butter. Add the onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, pepper and salt and give a good stir. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes and remove from heat and let cool.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and fresh parsley to the breadcrumbs and stir.
  • Dip each turkey strip in the beaten egg and then the bread crumb mixture. Repeat for all turkey strips. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until crispy and cooked through.
  • Serve hot with the dipping sauce.

*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Crusted Turkey Tenders
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 591 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 1116mg49%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 482IU10%
Calcium 222mg22%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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