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Turkey Tenderloin With Whiskey-Cherry Sauce

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Total Time: 40 mins

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.


  • 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


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.


Tip: Check the label to avoid turkey tenderloin “enhanced” with a sodium solution.

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