Sesame Encrusted Baked Turkey Tenders

I picked up some turkey tenders from Trader Joe’s and honestly I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. Turkey tenders are about the size of a chicken breast, so it probably would have been easiest to cook them like a chicken breast, but I really wanted something a bit different.

I decided to cut down the turkey tenders a bit and try a chicken tender recipe. I probably should have cut the turkey a little smaller. While the turkey did turn out well, it certainly wasn’t the star of the meal. The coating, while nice and light, was definitely missing something. If I were to make it again, I would add garlic or onion powder to the sesame seeds, along with using something like sesame chili oil instead of regular sesame oil.

Sesame Encrusted Baked Turkey Tenders (adapted from

  • 1 package of chicken or turkey tenders (cut turkey smaller if needed)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce or low sodium tamari
  • 6 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon course salt
  • 4 tablespoons panko crumbs (I used Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Panko Style Crumbs)
  • olive oil spray
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the sesame oil and soy sauce in a bowl, and the sesame seeds, salt, garlic powder and panko in another.
  3. Place turkey or chicken tenders in the bowl with the oil and soy sauce, then into the sesame seed mixture to coat well. Place on the baking sheet; lightly spray the top of the chicken with oil spray and bake 8 – 15 minutes. Turn over and cook another 4 – 5 minutes longer or until cooked through. – NOTE: cooking time will vary if you are using turkey or chicken and depending on the size of the tenders.

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