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This crockpot turkey tenderloin recipe with an easy turkey tenderloin marinade is a hands-off way to make juicy and tender turkey for Thanksgiving or a weeknight dinner. Using a slow cooker helps free up oven space and allows you to do other things as the turkey cooks. Make this main dish with your favorite side dishes like keto cranberry sauce and cauliflower mac and cheese to have a delicious meal!
Why Make Slow Cooker Turkey Tenderloin
There are so many reasons to love this slow cooker turkey tenderloin recipe. Here are my top three:
- Tender and juicy results: These juicy turkey tenderloins are slow-cooked and full of flavor. Make this perfect recipe for your family dinner during a special occasion like the holiday season, which is everyone’s favorite time of year.
- Free oven space: There’s always a need for some extra oven space during the holidays, and this recipe helps you have that. Instead of making a whole turkey, this easy recipe gives you a delicious turkey dinner with less space needed.
- Mostly dump and go: When you have a lot to do, the last thing you need is a complicated recipe with a difficult cooking process. Crockpot turkey tenderloin requires minimal attention when cooking, making this the perfect dish for your holiday meal.
This Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin doesn’t need much. Here’s what you’ll need to gather:
- Turkey breast tenderloins: I buy these packaged with two thawed out turkey tenderloins.
- Herb Seasoning: this includes garlic powder, black pepper, dried thyme leaves, and more.
- Onion powder
- Smoked paprika
- Xanthan gum: This is optional and a great way to thicken the juices that remain the the Crockpot to make gravy. You can also use any of these substitutes for Xanthan Gum for similar results.
Turkey Tenderloin Marinade
- Garlic: I’m using fresh minced garlic
- Herb Seasoning
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Sea salt
- Sweetener: I use an all-natural sugar substitute, but any sweetener that you prefer works well.
How To Make Turkey Tenderloin in a Crockpot
- Add the ingredients for the marinade to a medium bowl and whisk to incorporate (If you have time, marinate the turkey for 24 hours). Otherwise, a great alternative is to head right to the slow cooker.
- Mix the spices for the meat (herb seasoning, onion powder, smoked paprika) in a small bowl.
- Place turkey tenderloin and all the marinade contents to the slow cooker. Sprinkle the tops of the turkey tenderloin with the spices. Slow cook on low for about 3-4 hours (or until the center of the meat is at 165 degrees per your meat thermometer).
- Optional for the gravy: Whisk in a dash of Xanthan gum, turn the slow cooker to high, and cook uncovered for 5-10 minutes until the gravy starts to thicken.
Recipe Tips & FAQs
- You can skip the long marination hours: Marinating the turkey at least overnight will intensify flavor and moisture. However, if you don’t have the time, get straight to the cooking turkey tenderloins, and the results will still be amazing.
- Mix the meat spices in a small bowl: Mixing the spices in a bowl helps with even spice mix application and distribution of flavors.
- You can use Xanthan gum or its substitutes: If you don’t have or don’t want to use Xanthan gum for the gravy, go for any available substitutes. I serve the gravy more like a turkey glaze by brushing it on the juicy tenderloin. You can also serve it up on the side.
- Speed things up by using my air fryer turkey tenderloin recipe: this is a great option if you need to have your turkey tenderloin quickly.
How to Store Crock Pot Turkey Tenderloin
If you have any leftovers of this delicious turkey tenderloin recipe, the best way to store it is in an airtight container for next time (up to 5 days).
My crockpot turkey tenderloin takes a cooking time of 3-3.5 hours to make. Most importantly, ensure the center of the meat is at 165 degrees.
Turkey tenderloin is turkey breast meat that is a boneless and skinless part of a turkey breast. The breast has bones and skin.
I cook mine for at least 3 hours in a slow cooker or until the center-meat internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. This gives me delicious, tender turkey.
It’s a boneless and skinless part of the turkey breast.
Check the internal temperature at the center of the meat. It should be at 165 degrees.
More Crockpot Turkey Recipes
After you make this slow cooker turkey tenderloin, test out these other turkey slow cooker recipes:
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Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin
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Crockpot Turkey Tenderloin
- Pat Turkey tenderloins dry with a paper towel.
- Add the ingredients for the marinade to a bowl. Whisk to incorporate.
- Add the Turkey tenderloin to the bowl with the marinade, and cover. Marinate for up to 24 hours – if short on time, head right to the slow cooker.
- Mix the spices for the meat (herb seasoning, onion powder, smoked paprika) in a small bowl – this helps with applying the spice mix evenly over the meat.
- Add the Turkey tenderloin and all the contents of the marinade to the slow cooker. Sprinkle the tops of the Turkey tenderloin with the spices.
- Slow Cook on Low for 3-3.5 hours (or until the center of the meat is 165 degrees.
- Remove the turkey and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting
- For gravy: whisk in the Xanthan gum, turn the slow cooker to high, cook uncovered until the gravy starts to thicken (5-10 minutes)
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!