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How to Cook Turkey Tenderloin in Slow Cooker

Turkey Tenderloin cooked in Slow Cooker

Turkey tenderloin with a rich and silky gravy is a delicious dish you can enjoy any time of the year. The dish is particularly popular during Thanksgiving. The tender and juicy meat with a rich gravy and favorite sides is a meal we all love. Although you can cook turkey tenderloin in several different ways, a slow cooker is very convenient and offers the best results.

So, if you are wondering how to cook turkey tenderloin in a slow cooker…we have a quick and delicious recipe for you to try. So read ahead and learn everything you need to know about cooking turkey tenderloin in a slow cooker.

 

What is a Slow Cooker?

A slow cooker is a kitchen appliance that has made cooking very easy. It is a more refined and modern version of a crock pot. A slow cooker works on the principle of using low heat to slowly cook the ingredients. As a result, the slow breakdown ensures you get a dish that is jam-packed with flavors. Using a slow cooker is super easy. Just add everything to it and let it cook for a long time. It is a great way to cook when you are on a busy schedule or have a lot on your plate. You can cook the dish in a slow cooker, sit back, and relax until it is cooked through.

 

Can you Cook Turkey Tenderloin in Slow Cooker?

Absolutely! There are so many ways you can cook turkey tenderloin. While some like to cook it in an oven, slow cooking is also a way to cook turkey tenderloin. In fact, if you are looking for an easy, convenient way to cook turkey for holiday dinner, using a slow cooker is among the best options. That’s because it is effortless and ensures you get maximum flavor and tender and juicy meat.

 

Tips to Remember

Here are a few points you should remember when cooking Turkey Tenderloin in Slow Cooker:

  • If you want the gravy to be silky, add a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed in two tablespoons of water. Add this slurry to the mixture and let it simmer until the gravy thickens.
  • You can also use fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs instead of Italian seasonings.
  • You can use soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce as well. For a gluten-free option, use tamari.
  • Add BBQ sauce to the turkey tenderloin for a smoky and sweet flavor.
  • If you are using a frozen turkey, thaw it completely first. You can thaw it by refrigerating it overnight.
  • If you want to use frozen turkey, you will have to add 2 additional hours to cook it in the slow cooker.

 

What to Serve with Turkey Tenderloin

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Turkey tenderloin is a versatile dish and goes well with several sides. Here are a few dishes you can try:

  • Mashed potatoes: Mashed potatoes are the most widely loved side that goes well with turkey tenderloin. The fluffy and smooth mashed potatoes, the tender meat, and the rich gravy are a match made in heaven.
  • Rice: Turkey tenderloin also pairs well with cooked rice. You can either serve the meat with white or brown rice. You can cook plain rice or add more flavors by making Mexican or vegetable fried rice. Whatever you choose, it will only make the dish more wholesome.
  • Roasted vegetables: Roasted vegetables are a must-side with turkey tenderloin. You can roast summer vegetables like squash, zucchini, etc., or stick to carrots, asparagus, potatoes, or green beans. Roasted vegetables add color and nutrients to your dish.
  • Salad: A fresh Greek salad or creamy potato salad works well with turkey tenderloin. The salad adds freshness and crunch to your dish.
  • Vegetable Purees: Turkey tenderloin tastes so good with different vegetable purees. Try parsnip puree, carrot puree, cauliflower puree, etc.

 

How to Store Turkey Tenderloin

Storing slow-cooked turkey tenderloin is simple. Follow a few steps to ensure you have done it right:

  • Make sure the tenderloin is completely cool before you store it.
  • Try storing the gravy and the turkey separately.
  • Place the turkey tenderloin in an air-tight container and refrigerate for 3 days.
  • Freezing is a great option if you wish to store it for longer. Place the turkey tenderloin in a freezer-safe container and freeze. It will last for up to a month. You can thaw it overnight and reheat it in the slow Cooker with a dash of chicken stock.

 

How to Cook Turkey Tenderloin in Slow Cooker

Turkey Tenderloin Cooked in Slow Cooker

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 4 hours
  • Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Servings: 4 to 6

 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs turkey breast tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Pat the turkey tenderloins dry using a kitchen towel.
  2. In a slow cooker, pour the chicken broth. Add minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and light brown sugar. Mix well.
  3. Place the turkey tenderloins in the slow Cooker to submerge in the mixture.
  4. Seal the lid, set the temperature to low, and cook the turkey for 3 to 4 hours until its internal temperature reaches 160 degrees C.
  5. Once done, remove the turkey from the slow Cooker and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  6. Slice and drizzle the leftover sauce over the slices. Garnish with parsley and serve.
turkey-tenderloin

How to Cook Turkey Tenderloin in Slow Cooker

Preparation time: 10 minutes; Cooking time: 4 hours; Total time: 4 hours 10 minutes; Servings: 4 to 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs turkey breast tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Pat the turkey tenderloins dry using a kitchen towel.
  • In a slow cooker, pour the chicken broth. Add minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and light brown sugar. Mix well.
  • Place the turkey tenderloins in the slow Cooker to submerge in the mixture.
  • Seal the lid, set the temperature to low, and cook the turkey for 3 to 4 hours until its internal temperature reaches 160 degrees C.
  • Once done, remove the turkey from the slow Cooker and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Slice and drizzle the leftover sauce over the slices. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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Author

  • Laurie Graves

    Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.

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