Turkey Tenderloin with Whiskey-Cherry Sauce

Turkey Tenderloin with Whiskey-Cherry Sauce

Simmer antioxidant-rich cherries in a quick pan sauce spiked with whiskey and cranberry juice; it’s luscious on turkey tenderloin (a lean but flavorful, quick-cooking cut you might have overlooked in the poultry case). Make it a meal: Serve with egg noodles.

Nutirion Profile: Diabetes Appropriate Gluten Free Diet Healthy Weight Heart Healthy Low Calorie Low Carb Low Cholesterol Low Sat Fat Low Sodium

Serves Prep Time Total Time
6 40 min 40 min

Directions

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds turkey tenderloin, (see Tip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup pitted and chopped fresh or frozen cherries
  • 1 cup cranberry juice, divided
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Cooking Instruction

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Step 2

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Season turkey with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook until golden brown on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn it over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until the turkey is no longer pink in the middle and registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the turkey to a clean cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm.

Step 3

Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. (Be careful, the handle will still be hot.) Add onion and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add cherries, 3/4 cup cranberry juice, whiskey, thyme, mustard and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits, until reduced, about 4 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup juice and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 30 seconds. Slice the turkey and serve with the sauce.


Nutrition

  • Serving: Per serving
  • Calories: 210
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Potassium: 121mg
  • Sodium: 262mg
  • Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 4 very lean meat
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2