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Air-Fryer Spicy Turkey Tenderloin

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + standing


2 servings

Looking for an easy turkey dish that's sure to wake up your taste buds? It's great to serve this air-fryer turkey tenderloin for Thanksgiving when you have a small group. It's easy to double if you have space in your air fryer. —Sharon Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota
Air-Fryer Spicy Turkey Tenderloin Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 turkey breast tenderloin (1/2 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tomato
  • 4 teaspoons picante sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges


  1. Preheat air fryer to 350° for 5-10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne. Sprinkle half the spice mixture over turkey. Place turkey on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion reads 165°, 15-20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute onion and jalapeno in oil until crisp-tender. Transfer to a bowl. Add beans, corn, tomato, picante sauce, cilantro and remaining spice mixture. Serve turkey with salsa and lime wedges.

Air-Fryer Turkey Tenderloin Tips

Can you cook frozen turkey tenderloin in the air fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen turkey tenderloin in the air fryer. It will just take longer to cook through, so make sure you always take the temperature at the thickest part of the tenderloin so you know it’s safe to eat.

How can you make sure your air-fryer turkey tenderloin stays juicy?

Make sure you let your air-fryer turkey tenderloin rest for a few minutes before cutting into it. This gives the juices a minute to redistribute throughout the meat and will prevent them from seeping out when cutting into it.

How do you store air-fryer turkey tenderloin?

Store your cooked turkey tenderloin in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. If you like, you can repurpose your leftover air-fryer turkey tenderloin in recipes like leftover turkey bake or leftover turkey tetrazzini. Learn more about how to store every kind of leftover food.

Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 290 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 696mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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