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Crockpot Turkey Tenderloins with Gravy

The most ten­der, melt in your mouth turkey ten­der­loins you will every enjoy. Crock­pot Turkey Ten­der­loins are juicy, deli­cious and slow cook­er sim­ple. Plus … gravy! What’s not to love?

crockpot turkey tenderloins on a white platter surrounded by fresh rosemary and cranberries. platter is on a concrete countertop with a blue print fabric napkin and a white gravy boat filled with turkey gravy
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I get more and more requests for recipes that will work to serve only two or three peo­ple. This delec­table Crock­pot Turkey Ten­der­loins recipe is a per­fect answer to that request. 

It def­i­nite­ly makes sense to me, now that we’re offi­cial­ly emp­ty-nesters. With five kids from 21 to 38 that process has tak­en awhile, so we’ve had plen­ty of time to adjust to the idea of it.

But, what I haven’t adjust­ed to is not cook­ing for 7 — 15 peo­ple at a time. lol It’s a lot hard­er than it sounds, if you’re not used to it. I grew up cook­ing for that many and my own fam­i­ly is the same size. It’s just ingrained in me after 50+ years in the kitchen.

This scrump­tious Crock­pot Turkey Ten­der­loin recipe is a good first step in that par­ing things down direc­tion, though. You’re gonna love this easy recipe for ten­der, juicy turkey tenderloins. 

And the great news is you can make it to feed only two or three, but you can also scale it up and feed a large family.

crockpot turkey tenderloins on a white platter surrounded by fresh rosemary and cranberries. platter is on a concrete countertop with a blue print fabric napkin and a white gravy boat filled with turkey gravy

The Ingredients

  • Turkey Ten­der­loins
  • But­ter
  • All Pur­pose Flour (or Gluten Free Flour blend)
  • Chick­en Broth (My Home­made Chick­en Broth recipe has the best fla­vor, but store-bought is quick and works well, too.)
  • Whole Milk
  • Turkey Gravy Mix packets
  • Home­made Chick­en Bouil­lon Pow­der (Again, I rec­om­mend home­made for the best fla­vor, but use your favorite. IMPORTANT: My home­made chick­en bouil­lon is made to be low­er sodi­um, so start with half the amount and adjust as you taste, if you’re using com­mer­cial bouillon.)
  • Home­made All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing (As always, I rec­om­mend home­made for the best fla­vor, but if you have a favorite brand on hand, of course, use that.)
Ingredients to make crockpot turkey tenderloins

What is a Turkey Tenderloin?

I’ve nev­er heard of turkey ten­der­loins. What are they?

Turkey ten­der­loins are bone­less skin­less por­tions of white meat turkey. This long and nar­row, super ten­der piece of meat is cut from between the turkey breasts. There is one ten­der­loin on either side of the breast bone. Since that mus­cle gets very lit­tle exer­cise, the turkey ten­der­loin is prized as the most ten­der part of the turkey.

Why Use Turkey Gravy Mix Packets?

You already know I pre­fer to make most things from scratch, for max­i­mum fla­vor, health and gro­cery bud­get savings. 

I know you’ll be shocked to hear me say it. But, this is one case, where a strict­ly home­made option isn’t pos­si­ble if I want the turkey fla­vor instead of chick­en flavor.

I do live in a small town. And, per­haps I don’t have access to the same prod­ucts as you do. But in this area, turkey broth or turkey bouil­lon are not available. 

If I roast­ed a whole turkey and then cooked down the bones with some veg­gies, I could make turkey broth. But, for a quick and easy every day solu­tion, my alter­na­tive is the turkey gravy mix packet.

And since I actu­al­ly do make gravy from scratch for this recipe, the pack­et is used pure­ly to impart turkey flavor.

If I find an alter­na­tive, in the future, I will def­i­nite­ly update this post and let you know.

adding turkey gravy mix packet to cooking pot with gravy and a wire whisk in it

Why You’ll Love Slow Cooker Turkey

  1. At the very top of the list of ben­e­fits is that, espe­cial­ly over the hol­i­days, your oven is freed for lots of oth­er dish­es. A whole turkey takes lots of oven space. Make turkey ten­der­loins in your slow cook­er and save the oven for corn­bread dress­ing, sweet pota­to casse­role, din­ner rolls and pies!
  2. This Crock­pot Turkey Ten­der­loins is geared to small group cook­ing. Or even cook­ing for just two. This Turkey ten­der­loin recipe, as writ­ten, makes 3 gen­er­ous serv­ings. Click the 2x or 3x option in the recipe card, to scale it up for 6 or 9 peo­ple. With all the oth­er sides you’re serv­ing, you’ll like have enough left­overs to make a tiny Thanks­giv­ing Casse­role or some deli­cious Turkey Avo­ca­do Sand­wich­es.
crockpot turkey tenderloins on a white platter surrounded by fresh rosemary and cranberries. platter is on a concrete countertop with a blue print fabric napkin and a white gravy boat filled with turkey gravy

What to Serve with Slow Cooker Turkey Tenderloins

How to Make Crockpot Turkey Tenderloins

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook over medi­um heat for 2 min­utes.  Whisk con­tin­u­ous­ly to pre­vent scorching.
  1. Whisk the chick­en bouil­lon pow­der and all pur­pose sea­son­ing into the chick­en broth.
  2. Add the chick­en broth to the pan and whisk over medi­um heat until all the lumps are gone and the butter/flour mix­ture is ful­ly incor­po­rat­ed into the chick­en broth.
  3. Add the milk and whisk.
  4. Pour in the turkey gravy mix, All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing and Chick­en Bouillon.
  5. Con­tin­ue whisk­ing over medi­um heat until gravy is thick­ened and smooth.  Set aside while you prep the turkey tenderloins.
  1. Pat the turkey ten­der­loins dry with a paper towel.
  2. Salt and pep­per the turkey ten­der­loins on both sides.
  3. Place the turkey ten­der­loins in the bot­tom of your slow cook­er insert.
  4. Pour the turkey gravy over the tenderloins.
  1. Place a lid on the slow cook­er and cook on LOW for 2 1/2 hours.
  2. Remove the ten­der­loins to a plat­ter to rest when they reach an inter­nal tem­per­a­ture of 160 to 165° F.  The turkey will con­tin­ue to cook, from resid­ual heat, even after it is removed from the crock­pot.  So, by allow­ing it to rest, the juices will redis­trib­ute and the turkey will reach the USDA rec­om­mend­ed safe tem­per­a­ture of 165°.  Be care­ful not to over­cook the tenderloins.
  3. Whisk the gravy to make sure it’s smooth and then trans­fer it to a bowl or gravy boat.
  4. Serve the turkey and gravy with your favorite side dishes.
Crockpot turkey tenderloins on a white platter with fresh rosemary and cranberries.  Platter is on a concrete countertop with a white gravy boat of turkey gravy and a blue and white print fabric napkin

Do you need dessert for just 1 or 2 or 3 peo­ple, too? Check out this deli­cious Peach Cob­bler for One from Lisa, over at Lit­tle Bit Recipes. 

I hope you get a chance to make this yum­my Turkey Ten­der­loins recipe! And that it’s serves you well for mak­ing spe­cial din­ners for small and inti­mate din­ner par­ties or even just din­ner for two. 

If you enjoy it, please con­sid­er com­ing back and leav­ing a com­ment with a 5 star rat­ing, to let me know you tried the recipe. Your 5 star rat­ing helps oth­ers find our recipe when doing a search on Google. Thanks so much!

The Recipe

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Crockpot Turkey Tenderloins with Gravy


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 serv­ings 1x

Description

The most ten­der, melt in your mouth turkey ten­der­loins you will every enjoy. Crock­pot Turkey Ten­der­loins are juicy, deli­cious and slow cook­er sim­ple. Plus … gravy! What’s not to love?  As writ­ten it will serve 3 peo­ple gen­er­ous­ly!  To feed a crowd, use the 2x and 3x but­tons in the recipe card to adjust the recipe for serv­ing up to 9.


Ingredients

Units Scale

The Turkey Tenderloins:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. turkey cut­lets (1 — 1.5 lb. pkgs.)

For the Gravy:

  • 2 Table­spoons Butter
  • 1/4 cup All Pur­pose Flour
  • 1 1/4 cups Chick­en Broth
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 Turkey Gravy Packet
  • 1 tea­spoon home­made chick­en bouil­lon (or your favorite store brand) 
  • 1/2 tea­spoon home­made all pur­pose sea­son­ing (or your favorite store brand)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook over medi­um heat for 2 min­utes.  Whisk con­tin­u­ous­ly to pre­vent scorching.
  3. Whisk the chick­en bouil­lon pow­der and all pur­pose sea­son­ing into the chick­en broth.
  4. Add the chick­en broth to the pan and whisk over medi­um heat until all the lumps are gone and the butter/flour mix­ture is ful­ly incor­po­rat­ed into the chick­en broth.
  5. Add the milk and whisk.
  6. Pour in the turkey gravy mix, All Pur­pose Sea­son­ing and Chick­en Bouillon.
  7. Con­tin­ue whisk­ing over medi­um heat until gravy is thick­ened and smooth.  Set aside while you prep the turkey tenderloins.
  8. Pat the turkey ten­der­loins dry with a paper towel.
  9. Salt and pep­per the turkey ten­der­loins on both sides.
  10. Place the turkey ten­der­loins in the bot­tom of your slow cook­er insert.
  11. Pour the turkey gravy over the tenderloins.
  12. Place a lid on the slow cook­er and cook on LOW for 2 1/2 hours.
  13. Remove the ten­der­loins to a plat­ter to rest when they reach an inter­nal tem­per­a­ture of 160 to 165° F.  The turkey will con­tin­ue to cook, from resid­ual heat, even after it is removed from the crock­pot.  So, by allow­ing it to rest, the juices will redis­trib­ute and the turkey will reach the USDA rec­om­mend­ed safe tem­per­a­ture of 165°.  Be care­ful not to over­cook the tenderloins.
  14. Whisk the gravy to make sure it’s smooth and then trans­fer it to a bowl or gravy boat.
  15. Serve the turkey and gravy with your favorite side dishes.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Main Dish, Turkey Recipes, Hol­i­day Recipes
  • Method: Slow Cook­er
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

32 thoughts on “Crockpot Turkey Tenderloins with Gravy”

  1. I always for­get how great things taste out of the crock pot and this was no excep­tion. I made this for our pre-Thanks­giv­ing din­ner and it was a hit!

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  2. Full of fla­vor and turned out real­ly deli­cious! Thanks a bunch for shar­ing this amaz­ing recipe! Will sure­ly have this again! High­ly recommended!

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  3. Some­times you just need turkey and gravy and this makes the per­fect amount for our fam­i­ly. The fla­vors remind me of hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions with fam­i­ly- with­out the end­less leftovers!

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