Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin — What’s a holiday without turkey? But the thought of making a whole turkey is daunting. This year, try air-frying your tenderloin instead. You’ll have tender meat with crispy skin that will remind you of Thanksgiving dinner but won’t take up all day to cook!
How can you go wrong with a juicy, tender turkey breast? You don’t need to turn on your oven and clean up any pans from the kitchen before guests arrive. Air Fryer Turkey Breast makes for an easy dinner that will have everyone asking for seconds!
Turkey is a well-known holiday dish, but it can be even better if you roast your own. Roasting the perfect turkey breast means crisp skin and juicy meat in every bite; try pairing this tasty tidbit with my recipe for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes or Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce!
For something different from pumpkin pie for dessert tonight, come check out our recipe: Mini Pumpkin PIes, made in the Air Fryer!
Oh, so good! A whole Thanksgiving Dinner made in the Air Fryer!
Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin Recipe
Turkey breasts are so much better than whole turkeys! Turkey breasts have crispy skin, and juicy meat, not to mention they’re easier to cook. If you want a delicious Thanksgiving this year, then try out turkey breast – imagine your favorite dish paired with some mashed potatoes or green beans for an even more satisfying flavor experience.
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin
- Turkey Breast: Turkey Tenderloins, depending on your air fryer, you may be able to fit, about between 1 to 2 pounds.
- Olive Oil
- Seasonings: Ground Sage, Rosemary, Garlic Powder, Parsley, Salt, and Peppercorns
How To Make Turkey Breast Tenderloin In Air Fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F, air fryer setting. Then line the air fryer basket with perforated parchment paper.
Add seasonings to a small bowl and mix until combined—coat tenderloins in olive oil. Rub spice mixture over entire tenderloins.
Allow tenderloin to rest for a few minutes before cutting and serving.
FAQ’s For Air Frying Turkey Breast
What’s the difference between turkey breast and tenderloin?
Turkey breast is a lean, tender cut of meat that you can use in so many ways. It’s very versatile and has a mild flavor. There are some differences between the two cuts, though, even if they’re both from turkey! A Turkey Tenderloin comes from the back of the bird while the turkey breast is found on the front part of the bird.
The other major difference is that the turkey breast is usually sold with bones and skin, while the tenderloin is bone-free and skinless.
How many turkey breast tenderloins can you air fry at the same time?
If you’re looking for a way to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey and save time, consider air frying. Air fryers are small ovens that use convection technology to cook food quickly without oil or grease.
Can I overlap pieces of turkey breast in the air fryer?
The answer is a short no. But here is why. The air fryer operates by the hot air cooking your food. When you block airflow, you will often find that your food is not cooked correctly or evenly.
So, for best results, leave space around your Air Fryer Turkey Tenderloin.
How do you cook frozen turkey breast in air fryers?
Frozen turkeys are a common convenience food. It is easy to heat up and serve them, but sometimes they can be dry or tough. This is especially true if you’re cooking with an air fryer machine. Fortunately, there’s a way to cook the frozen turkey breast in the air fryer that yields moist meat every time!
Place your frozen turkey breast into the air fryer, and prepare the recipe as directed, but add about 10 to 15 minutes to the cooking time. Baste the turkey breast frequently (with melted butter) during the cooking process to keep your turkey from drying out.
Do I need to flip my turkey breast when it is half cooked?
Yes, you do; flipping allows both sides to be cooked evenly. This will depend on the air fryer you own. Ovens tend not to need to be flipped, while basket models do.
What will the internal temperature of my air fryer turkey breast be when it is finished cooking?
You should take the internal temperature from the thickest part of the turkey, and it should read 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
Can I use an oven bag in the air fryer?
It is not recommended that you use a turkey bag or oven bag in the air fryer. Since most oven bags are made from nylon, this could pose a fire hazard.
Some Great Thanksgiving Air Fryer Recipes:
- AIR FRYER CORNBREAD SAUSAGE STUFFING
- INSTANT POT STUFFING
- AIR FRYER STUFFING
- AIR FRYER STUFFING MUFFINS
- HOW TO MAKE STOVETOP STUFFING IN THE INSTANT POT
- HOW TO MAKE STOVETOP STUFFING IN YOUR AIR FRYER
- 1.5-pound turkey tenderloins, raw and thawed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon ground sage
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon flake salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black peppercorn
- Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees F, air fryer setting.
- Meanwhile, prepare an air fryer basket with perforated parchment paper.
- Add seasonings to a small bowl and mix until combined.
- Coat tenderloins in olive oil.
- Rub spice mixture over entire tenderloins.
- Place in the air fryer basket, then cook for 28-30 minutes, flipping halfway through –cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
- Allow tenderloin to rest for a few minutes before cutting and servings.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!