How to Bake Thin Sliced Turkey Cutlets

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How to Bake Thin Sliced Turkey Cutlets

If you feel like you’ve gotten into a dinner menu rut, thin-sliced turkey cutlets could be a great protein to add to your mealtime repertoire. Low in fat and high in protein, turkey cutlets are a healthful main dish ingredient. Turkey’s mild flavor profile means it can complement many cuisines and cooking styles. Finally, turkey cutlets are great time-savers. Pre-sliced to a uniform thickness, they require little knife-work on your part, and can bake to perfection in less than 20 minutes!

You’ve probably seen thin-sliced turkey cutlets in the store, but may have hesitated to buy them. It’s true that slim cutlets are easy to overcook. However, you can avoid drying out your dinner by following some simple tips. First, try breading the cutlets. This will produce a satisfying crispy texture and seal in the juices for a meal the entire family with gobble up. Another secret to tender cutlets is to marinate them in acid and oil. This method produces a succulent and tasty result. Finally, try cooking turkey cutlets over a bed of vegetables. This is a win-win solution: the vegetables absorb the meaty flavors and the turkey gains moisture from the vegetables.

Are you ready to add turkey cutlets to your meal schedule? Try your hand at the above techniques with these two great recipes.

Panko Crusted Teriyaki Turkey Cutlets
This sweet and savory Asian-inspired main dish pairs delightfully with steamed rice and sautéed asparagus.

Ingredients:
1 pound thin-sliced turkey cutlets
1 cup panko crumbs
¼ cup teriyaki sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Cooking spray of your choice
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Next, heat the teriyaki sauce, sugar and rice vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely and the sauce has thickened slightly. Stir in the minced garlic and remove from heat.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the panko into a shallow dish and beat the egg in a separate dish. Lightly salt each turkey cutlet before dunking each into the egg wash. Allow any excess egg to drip off the cutlet, and then dip it into the panko. You might need to flip it around to coat completely.

Lay each piece flat onto the cookie sheet. Sprinkle the cutlets with salt and pepper, and then lightly spray each with cooking spray. The panko should glisten and not look dry.
Pop the pan into the oven for about 15 minutes until the crust is golden and the meat reads 165 degrees Farhenheit on a meat thermometer.

To serve, drizzle the cutlets with the sweet garlic teriyaki sauce, or give each person a small dish of the sauce for dipping.

Lemon Turkey Cutlets with Herb Veggies
This Mediterranean-style recipe is a light and refreshing way to prepare turkey cutlets.

Ingredients:
1 pound thin-sliced turkey cutlets
1 fresh lemon, squeezed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium zucchini, cut into ½-inch rounds
1 medium summer squash, cut into ½-inch rounds
3 Roma tomatoes, quartered
1 small onion, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, chopped roughly
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ cup reduced fat feta cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Marinate the turkey cutlets for about 30 minutes in the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil while you prep your veggies and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Line a 9-by-13 baking dish with foil for easier cleanup, then spread all the vegetables at the bottom. Drizzle the vegetables with the remaining oil and toss them a bit to coat evenly. Last, sprinkle them with the garlic, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.

Next, lay the turkey cutlets over the vegetables in a single layer, and crumble the feta cheese over the turkey. Sprinkle a little oregano, salt and pepper over the top.

Bake the dish for about 15 minutes and remove when a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest turkey cutlet reads 165 degrees.

 

Check out the video below for one more delicious Turkey Cutlets recipe!

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