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Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders Recipe

Canadian Turkey wants to give you a hand in making meals easy at this time of the year! They have shared with us some Back to School meal ideas and a recipe, Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders, that will help you create some tasty dishes to enjoy!

Summer vacation is about to come to a close. Canadian families are beginning to think about getting back into the swing of their Back to School routines. One of the tasks parents have to get ready for are tasty back to school breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks! Meal planning is a way for families to prepare delicious and nutritious meals ahead of time. Using a delicious protein as the base for yummy meals can help to make meal planning easier out together.

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Photo Credit: Canadian Turkey: Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders in a lunch container with peaches and cucumber.

Why should you choose turkey?

Why should you choose turkey for your Back to School meals? Turkey is a power-packed protein that can act as the anchor of any meal throughout the day. Any of its tasty cuts work to fuel your family with essential protein and nutrients. Turkey provides about 30 grams of high-quality protein for each 100-ram serving. This protein also contains nutrients like vitamin B12, selenium, and zinc.

5 tasty tips to make Back to School Easy with Canadian Turkey

Not sure how to fuel your family with turkey for Back to School? Check out these five tasty tips to give you some ideas!

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.

A finger-friendly family recipe

Having Canadian turkey on your family’s plate every day is a great way to fuel your family through their busy schedules. Canadian Turkey wants families to enjoy every bite of their meals with tasty and nutritious tips and recipe ideas. One recipe that will help your family take a yummy bite every time is their Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders. This dish would make an excellent lunch of dinner staple for your Back to School meals. Take a look below to see how to put together this easy dish!

Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders Recipe

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Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders.

Make the Big-Crunch Oven-Baked Turkey Tenders Recipe to fuel your family!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 4 people


Turkey Tenders:

  • 2 X 1 lb boneless skinless turkey thighs
  • 1 tsp each garlic powder sweet paprika, powdered mustard
  • ½ 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 fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


For 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.

For 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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Why are these tenders so great?

These turkey tenders are great because they are a finger-friendly family recipe that can be gobbled down at lunch or dinner! Kids can even serve themselves by picking them up and dipping them into their favourite sauces. The fact that this dish is oven baked and packed with protein is an added bonus!

More tasty tips!

Are you curious to find additional tips, recipes and HOWTOs for a tasty Back to School with turkey? Visit Canadian Turkey for more cooking inspiration! The Recipe section is jam-packed with delicious recipes for full meals, appetizers, snacks, and kid’s favourites. There are also videos, tips, and how to’s that share what you need to know to help put scrumptious, nutritious, and versatile into your family’s meal rotation every day! 

Disclaimer: This post is generously sponsored by Canadian Turkey.

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  1. My favourite tip is to Keep it Simple. A great idea to cook turkey ahead of time and then freeze it and pull out for a quick addition to a meal.

  2. My favourite tip is Tip #1 – Batch It. I like to cook extra so I get a few meals from what I cook. Turkey makes it easy as it goes well in so many dishes.

  3. I like the versatility that turkey can be served both hot & cold, giving so may different options for kids school lunches!

  4. I like the idea to batch cook and it saves me time and I get lots done that way. I can think of a few recipes to cook all at once and make it worth it.

  5. I will definitely be adding Turkey Meatloaf Muffins to our back-to-school menu! Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity!

  6. My favourite tip is one I still use to this day, batch cooking. I’ll cook a normal portion and freeze what I don’t need straight away, makes meal times a cinch for me.

  7. I like their tip about batch cooking. I like to cook turkey and freeze in separate containers so I can take out and make lunches or dinners easily.

  8. 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. Also great in omelettes!

  9. My favourite tip is to batch cook – I love making a big batch of something that can be used for multiple meals. Saves so much time and effort, and when it’s something so versatile like turkey it means everyone in the family is happy with the different meal options that can be created.

  10. oh my gosh so many great tips! I think I love the turkey tenders for lunches. such a different thing- protein, tasty, and kids will love it. The putting it in things like casseroles and chili instead of chicken or ground beef, I love that to put a bit of variety in our dinners.

  11. I like that there are recipes that let you batch cook – I find if I can do that on sunday and not have to worry for the whole week…. Easier mornings.


  12. My favourite tip is to batch it, its always nice having more than enough to make the week less stressful and to keep everyone fed quickly and easily.

  13. I like the cooking ahead and freezing it so you have it on hand when you need it. That would likely work with the tenders too so they would be thawed and ready at lunch time.

  14. I would like to add Turkey and Cranberry Sandwich Spread to our lunch menu. It would be a nice change from the usual sandwiches.

  15. My slow cooker is my favourite for cooking (apart from the hungry making aroma all day long) so SLOW COOKER TURKEY PIZZA PASTA would be ideal for any busy day.

  16. CRISPY CORNMEAL TURKEY CALZONE would be on our menu, though I did have to look up what a calzone is. It’s an Italian oven-baked folded pizza, kids will love it 🙂