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.  

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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.


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Turkey Tenders

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Turkey Tenders
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4.84 from 12 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.

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

    2. Wendy Jensen says

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

    3. Slow Cooker Turkey Pizza Pasta sounds yummy!

    4. Turkey grilled cheese sounds delicious

    5. Darlene Sharpe says

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

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

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

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

    9. ivy pluchinsky says

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

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

    11. kristen visser says

      4 stars
      Turkey Sausages, Tomatoes and Asparagus Grilled Pizza

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

    13. 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.

    14. Rosanne Robinson says

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

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

    16. LILLIAN BROWN says

      I will be adding TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS to my menu

    17. Lynda Cook says

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

    18. brenda jill smith says

      Turkey grilled cheese

    19. Honey Breaded Turkey Cutlets are wonderful.

    20. 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.

    21. Soozle (Suzie B) says

      I would love the Turkey Meatloaf Muffins for easy school lunches

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

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

    24. Turkey grilled cheese sounds like something I would love

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

    26. Debbie White-Beattie says

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

    27. Michelle W says

      The Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders

    28. Elizabeth Robinson says

      Definitely the oven baked turkey tenders.

    29. Maritess S says

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

    30. Kevin Parr says

      4 stars

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

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

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

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


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

    37. Cathy Scharf says

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

    38. We’ll be adding Turkey Grilled Cheese.

    39. I’ll make the turkey meatloaf muffins!

    40. Sheila Russell says

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

    41. 5 stars
      I would love to make SLOW COOKER TURKEY PIZZA PASTA for supper.

    42. Heather Swanson says

      parm smashburgers

    43. Laurie Dobbin says

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

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

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

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

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

    48. Florence Cochrane says

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

    49. Cheryl Germain says

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

    50. ChristineB says

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

    51. Sunshine G says

      The turkey meatloaf muffins look great for lunches!

    52. Linda Svarovsky says

      Turkey meatloaf muffins is a favourite.

    53. Margaret Huitema says


    54. Sarah Ferguson says

      Turkey grilled cheese! Sounds like a great idea.

    55. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

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

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

    57. Sandi Tymchuk says

      TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS would be great to try!

    58. Aarone Mawdsley says

      5 stars
      turkey burgers yes sirree

    59. 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.

    60. Marissa Buffett says

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

    61. We would try the turkey tenders! yum!

    62. Edith Rennes says

      Turkey grilled cheese sounds like something my family would enjoy

    63. 5 stars

    64. Huguette E. says

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

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

    66. Maria Leandres says

      Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders

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

    68. 5 stars
      BIG-CRUNCH OVEN-BAKED TURKEY TENDERS – I want this everyday for lunch! It looks so good.

    69. tammie oconnor says


    70. Carole Dube says

      Easy Turkey Meatball Meal Starters

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

    72. Lorna Webster says

      Turkey grilled cheese!

    73. Chris MacDonald says

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

    74. The turkey grilled cheese

    75. Lisa Phillips says

      Yummy Turkey and grilled cheese

    76. 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!

    77. Juliee Fitze says

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

    78. I will try the turkey meatloaf muffins

    79. Amanda Rose says

      look SO delicious!

    80. TLS Contests says

      Turkey Grilled Cheese

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

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

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

    84. Sarah Letendre says

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

    85. I will be trying the TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS.

    86. Julie Bolduc says

      I think the turkey meatloaf muffins sounds good

    87. Marc-Andre Taillefer says

      I’ll be adding Turkey Grilled cheese for sure!

    88. Skillet Turkey Breakfast Hash

    89. Vanessa L. says

      I would love my daughter to try the apple-turkey sausage rolls

    90. Would love to try the mac and cheese with mediterrean sauce!

    91. TURKEY GRILLED CHEESE would be perfect for a back to school lunch.

    92. Monique L.S. says

      The Turkey Meatloaf Muffins sound great.

    93. 5 stars
      Turkey grilled cheese sounds super yum!

    94. The turkey quesadilla sounds delicious!

    95. I think turkey meatloaf muffins is easy for me !

    96. David Kozerow says


    97. I’m loving the GRILLED APPLE ‘N’ HONEY TURKEY it sounds delicious

    98. lynn clayton says

      EASY TURKEY MEATBALL MEAL STARTERS would be so so good

    99. Turkey always reminds me of the holidays, and its cheap..

    100. I would add the Sweet And Sour Turkey Meat Balls.

    101. I’d try the Turkey Breast Low Carb Carbonara.

    102. The turkey meatloaf muffins for sure. So easy to pack in lunches

    103. Deborah Dorrington says

      Turkey Apple Meatloaf Muffin would be perfect for the kids’ lunches.


    105. sarah alexis says

      I LOVE Lettuce wraps and now my kids do too! The Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are so easy and super yummy

    106. I’d like to try the Chipotle Lime Turkey Tacos

    107. I would love to be having the Sweet and Sour Turkey Meat Balls.

    108. Christina Ferguson says

      I will be trying quite a few of the recipes but I think the first one will be the Turkey Meatloaf Muffins. Great idea to grab when heading to practices aor games.

    109. I will add the CHIPOTLE LIME TURKEY TACOS to my kids’ menu.

    110. Mike Gismondi says

      I’ll be adding turkey meatballs

    111. The Turkey grilled cheese is something I want to make

    112. Nicole Jubleew says

      I’ll definitely be adding Turkey Grilled Cheese sandwiches to our back to school recipes.

    113. Clare O'Brien says

      I would like to try making the Macaroni and Cheese with Mediterranean Turkey Sausage.

    114. Jo-Anne Dooley says

      5 stars
      Turkey Grilled Cheese – Nummy!

    115. Kimberly Snyder says

      Tzatziki Turkey Cucumber & Cream Cheese Sandwich

    116. Maria Leandres says

      I love the sweet and sour turkey meatball recipe

    117. I would like to cook EASY TURKEY MEATBALL MEAL STARTERS

    118. Orna Soref says

      easy meat ball starter

    119. Andrea Amy says

      My boys would love the turkey sloppy joe sliders

    120. Somebody123 says

      This is definitely interesting and a recipe I’ll be using!

    121. Excited to use this recipe!

    122. Caitlin Herring says

      I would love to try the thai turkey lettuce wraps!!

    123. The TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS would be great for lunches!

    124. Mmm, turkey meatloaf muffins!

    125. I would like to add the TURKEY SAUSAGES, TOMATOES AND ASPARAGUS GRILLED PIZZA to my menu.

    126. Robyn Bellefleur says

      The SLOW COOKER TURKEY PIZZA PASTA is sure to be a hit with my back-to-schoolers.

    127. Heather Sibley says

      I am going to try the turkey meatloaf muffins

    128. I will be adding Sweet and Sour Turkey Meat Balls to my menu.

    129. Sarah Robertson says

      I’m looking forward to trying the Turkey Meatloaf Muffins – sound great as a dinner and sliced for sandwiches the next day

    130. Stephanie LaPlante says

      I’ll definitely be adding the Chipotle Lime Turkey Tacos.

    131. lemon-rosemary-turkey-fingers though so many great new ones to try this year .

    132. cris baiker says

      Definitely be making turkey sloppy joe sliders!!

    133. Tara Gauthier says

      The turkey grilled cheese sounds really good, I think it would be a huge hit in my family.

    134. Erica Hughes says

      We are going to try out the SLOW COOKER TURKEY PIZZA PASTA. Always looking to try new slow cooker recipes!

    135. Cindy Martin says

      I’ll be trying the Slow Cooker Turkey Pizza Pasta

    136. Shamarra Gray says

      The Slow Cooker Turkey Pizza Pasta sounds so delicious!

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