Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders

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Summer is my favourite season of the year! Everything slows down and the daily routine of the school year has flown out the window. Life is less structured and way more relaxed. Even when we’re not officially on “vacation”, for me, the entire summer feels somewhat like one big holiday…a holiday that I am always sad to see come to an end.

However, the reality is, with the end of summer around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getting myself and my family back-to-school ready!  Making the transition from relaxed days, later bedtimes, sleeping in and weekend fun to schedules, routines, and healthy habits can be a challenge for busy families.  Come September, tips, and tricks that help you get organized are essential, so you can deal with getting kids ready for busy weekdays packed with school, activities, sports, and homework.  

Turkey Tenders

On top of the to-do list?  Getting prepped for back-to-school breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks!  In addition to regular meal demands, many parents have to juggle picky eaters, dietary restrictions, and a variety of eating schedules, all while making sure meal choices deliver good quality nutrition.  With these everyday challenges, anything you can do to make your meal decisions easier and healthier is a big win, starting with meal planning.  Why not think turkey?  Choosing healthy, nutritious foods like Canadian turkey makes your job super-easy!

Turkey is a protein-packed staple that can be the anchor of any meal – breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner.  It works to fuel your family with essential protein and nutrients.  Turkey packs a big punch with each 100-gram serving providing about 30 grams of high-quality lean protein. Turkey is also packed with nutrients like vitamin B12, selenium, and zinc.

You can easily put Canadian turkey on your plate every day and feel good knowing that you are feeding your family healthy and nutritious food that will get everyone through their days filled with energy and good-for-you fuel!  

This recipe for Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders make a perfect weekday lunch or dinner staple.  These finger-friendly treats make a nutritious and delicious meal that kids can self-serve with their favourite dipping sauce.  Pack them in lunches or have them on hand for a quick but satisfying snack. Turkey thighs make these moist, tender and full of big flavor, and you can feel good knowing they’re oven-baked and packed with protein!  You can also batch cook these ahead of time and freeze in meal-size portions to have on hand for quick school lunches and busy weeknight dinners.  

I am sharing this delicious recipe for Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders. A really helpful downloadable, 5 TIPS TO MAKE BACK-TO-SCHOOL EASY WITH CANADIAN TURKEY, as well as, a fabulous giveaway for a $75.00 prepaid Visa gift card.

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Turkey Tenders


1.  Batch It!

Turkey is the perfect choice for batch cooking.  Plan for recipes that are easy to scale and cook extra turkey to provide planned leftovers, so you can cook once and eat twice!  

2.  Get Healthy!

Turkey is a great source of protein, important minerals, and nutrients.  Power-up your plate without having to compromise on flavour with this tasty ingredient.

3.  Keep It Simple!

Turkey can be cooked ahead of time and freezes well, so you can have an easy meal on hand during rushed weeknights and busy weekends.

4.  Versatility Plus!

Turkey adapts to all of your favourite flavour profiles and spice combinations, and with so many cuts to choose from you can find choices that please the whole family. Turkey is a delicious option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  You can serve it hot or cold, and it tastes great the next day, too!

5.  Boost It!

Add turkey to your favourite dishes for an instant protein boost!  Salads, soups, pasta sauces and casseroles all benefit from the added nutrients turkey contributes.


You can easily download these great tips by simply clicking on the highlighted text – 5 TIPS TO MAKE BACK TO SCHOOL EASY WITH CANADIAN TURKEY.


Turkey Tenders

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Turkey Tenders
Print Recipe
4.78 from 9 votes

Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 4


Turkey Tenders:

  • (2) 1 lb boneless, skinless turkey thighs

  • 1 tsp EACH - garlic powder, sweet paprika, powdered mustard

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg, 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs

  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Dip: 

  • 1 cup jarred roasted red peppers, drained

  • 2 tbsp cream cheese

  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tbsp chopped green onions

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Turkey Tenders

  • Slice turkey into 1 cm slices.  If thicker, pound to about 1 cm thickness.  

  • Season the tenders with garlic powder, paprika, mustard powder and salt and pepper to taste.

  • Prepare your breading station with three shallow bowls.  Place flour in one bowl, egqs in another bowl, and breadcrumbs and cheese in another bowl. Season all with a pinch of salt and pepper.

  • Set the oven to broil.

  • Take each slice of turkey and dredge in flour.  Dip in egg and then coat with breadcrumb mixture on both sides, pressing breadcrumbs to adhere well.

  • Place oven rack in the middle of the oven.  Broil, for 6-8 minutes per side, until turkey is no longer pink and cooked through.  Flip once during cooking, when the breadcrumbs are browned.  (Timing may vary depending on size and shape of fingers). Let cool slightly before serving.

Dipping Sauce

  • For the dipping sauce, blend together peppers, cheese, yogurt, parsley, onions, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.  

  • Serve turkey tenders with dipping sauce on the side.

TIP: These tenders taste great the next day and make a fabulous lunch.  Turkey breast works well in this recipe too.  Change up your dipping sauce with your kid’s favourites; honey mustard, ranch, hummus and BBQ all work well and can be packed up for lunch or snacks.

    If you looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TOs, follow the #TurkeyMakesItEasy hashtag and visit for all your cooking inspiration. The recipe section is filled with delicious recipes for full meals, snacks, appetizers, and kids’ favourites.  And there are videos, tips and how to’s that provide everything you need to know to get tasty, nutritious and versatile turkey on your table every day!



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    1. I will be adding the Turkey Grilled Cheese! Thanks so much for sharing!

    2. wendy hutton says

      the kids would love the turkey meatloaf muffins

    3. I think the turkey meatloaf muffins are a great idea.

    4. We will be having Turkey burgers.

    5. my fingers are cros

    6. Turkey Grilled Cheese sounds good.

    7. Wendy Jensen says

      A Canadian turkey recipe that I’ll be adding to my back-to-school menus is SLOW COOKER TURKEY PIZZA PASTA.

    8. Slow Cooker Turkey Pizza Pasta sounds yummy!

    9. Turkey grilled cheese sounds delicious

    10. Darlene Sharpe says

      Love learning about new recipes! Signed up for the emails so I can get new ones! Thanks so much!

    11. my kids would love the BIG-CRUNCH OVEN-BAKED TURKEY TENDERS

    12. the GRILLED APPLE ‘N’ HONEY TURKEY sounds delish

    13. I would like to try GRANDMA’S TURKEY-STUFFED MINI-BUNS.

    14. ivy pluchinsky says

      I would love to try the Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders

    15. The GRANDMA’S TURKEY-STUFFED MINI-BUNS sound amazing!

    16. kristen visser says

      Turkey Sausages, Tomatoes and Asparagus Grilled Pizza

    17. I’ll be adding the Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese recipe

    18. I will be adding Tex-Mex Turkey Meatloaf. I’ll make it for dinner, then the next day, put left over slices in to a sandwich. Cook once, eat twice. Love it.

    19. Rosanne Robinson says

      I will be adding the Turkey Grilled Cheese, it sounds really yummy.

    20. I’d love to try the Turkey Mac n Cheese. Sounds delicious!

    21. LILLIAN BROWN says

      I will be adding TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS to my menu

    22. Lynda Cook says

      The ITALIAN TURKEY STUFFED MANICOTTI looks really good and would be a hit here!

    23. brenda jill smith says

      Turkey grilled cheese

    24. Honey Breaded Turkey Cutlets are wonderful.

    25. Turkey grilled cheese looks delicious

    26. We would enjoy the Turkey Meatloaf Muffins. I could double the recipe and freeze some to warm up for a quick meal instead of fast food.

    27. Soozle (Suzie B) says

      I would love the Turkey Meatloaf Muffins for easy school lunches

    28. I’d love to try the Turkey Mac n Cheese :)

    29. I’d like to try the GRILLED APPLE ‘N’ HONEY TURKEY

    30. Turkey grilled cheese sounds like something I would love

    31. These look super yummy. I like the idea of swapping out ground turkey in recipes that normally call for beef.

    32. Debbie White-Beattie says

      Saucy Turkey Meatball Subs will be a delicious and a great new recipe to do

    33. Michelle W says

      The Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders

    34. Elizabeth Robinson says

      Definitely the oven baked turkey tenders.

    35. Maritess S says

      My kids would love me to prepare them Spiced Fried Turkey Nuggets for their lunches.

    36. Kevin Parr says


    37. The Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders will be a huge hit here!

    38. Turkey Sausages, Tomatoes and Asparagus Grilled Pizza. thanks

    39. The Turkey Meatloaf Muffins look like they would be perfect for lunchboxes.

    40. My daughter loves nachos so we’ll try the Sky-High Veggie Packed Turkey Nachos on a movie night!


    42. For back-to-school, the BIG-CRUNCH OVEN-BAKED TURKEY TENDERS would really go over.

    43. Cathy Scharf says

      Yummy, I’ll be adding Turkey Grilled cheese for sure!

    44. We’ll be adding Turkey Grilled Cheese.

    45. I’ll make the turkey meatloaf muffins!

    46. Sheila Russell says

      Turkey Meatloaf Muffins are great idea, like all in one foods

    47. I would love to make SLOW COOKER TURKEY PIZZA PASTA for supper.

    48. Heather Swanson says

      parm smashburgers

    49. Laurie Dobbin says

      I will definitely making those turkey strips and burgers as well.

    50. There are quite a few recipes I really like for back to school, and one of them is the Penne Mini Meatball Bake… Thanks!

    51. I think my kids would like the pulled turkey cheddar ranch pull apart sliders!

    52. I’d love to try the Turkey burgers!

    53. I would add the the Sky-High Veggie Packed Turkey Nachos to my back to school menu

    54. Florence Cochrane says

      Easy Turkey Meatball will sure be a big hit for back to school meals.

    55. Cheryl Germain says

      I would try the TURKEY GRILLED CHEESE; I think it would be a crowd-pleaser

    56. ChristineB says

      I would love to try the sweet and sour turkey meatballs:

    57. Sunshine G says

      The turkey meatloaf muffins look great for lunches!

    58. Linda Svarovsky says

      Turkey meatloaf muffins is a favourite.

    59. Margaret Huitema says


    60. Sarah Ferguson says

      Turkey grilled cheese! Sounds like a great idea.

    61. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

      SWEET AND SOUR TURKEY MEAT BALLS would be a big success here.

    62. Yum… butter/mustard topping… I would delve right in with my kids enjoying the fun of the Baked Turkey Cheddar Ranch Pull-Apart Sliders!

    63. Sandi Tymchuk says

      TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS would be great to try!

    64. Aarone Mawdsley says

      turkey burgers yes sirree

    65. Travelbuds says

      I think the BIG-CRUNCH OVEN-BAKED TURKEY TENDERS will be a great addition to my kids lunches as they can make chicken wraps with them.

    66. Marissa Buffett says

      My kids would love the turkey grilled cheese! never thought of that one before :)

    67. We would try the turkey tenders! yum!

    68. Edith Rennes says

      Turkey grilled cheese sounds like something my family would enjoy


    70. Huguette E. says

      I’m going to try the sweet and sour turkey meatballs.

    71. I’d like to try the EASY TURKEY MEATBALL MEAL STARTERS.

    72. Maria Leandres says

      Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders

    73. would love to try the sweet and sour turkey meat balls

    74. BIG-CRUNCH OVEN-BAKED TURKEY TENDERS – I want this everyday for lunch! It looks so good.

    75. tammie oconnor says


    76. Carole Dube says

      Easy Turkey Meatball Meal Starters

    77. I will definitely be making the Big Crunch Turkey Tenders, my family will love them! Great Recipe!

    78. Lorna Webster says

      Turkey grilled cheese!

    79. Chris MacDonald says

      I am going to make the Make-Ahead Creamy Turkey Mac and Cheese. it looks yummy!

    80. The turkey grilled cheese

    81. Lisa Phillips says

      Yummy Turkey and grilled cheese

    82. I think I’ll try adding the Turkey Sweet Potato Burrito into the packed lunch rotation. So many great recipes on their site, I bookmarked it, thanks!

    83. Juliee Fitze says

      I would add the SWEET AND SOUR TURKEY MEAT BALLS to my back to school menu.

    84. I will try the turkey meatloaf muffins

    85. Amanda Rose says

      look SO delicious!

    86. TLS Contests says

      Turkey Grilled Cheese

    87. The apple-turkey sausage rolls will be a big hit.

    88. Looking forward to trying the tex-mex turkey meatloaf!

    89. I would love to try the SKY-HIGH VEGGIE PACKED TURKEY NACHOS recipe for my kids.

    90. Sarah Letendre says

      I think a good one to try would be the Tortilla Pizza Melt

    91. I will be trying the TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS.

    92. Julie Bolduc says

      I think the turkey meatloaf muffins sounds good

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