Baked Greek Yogurt and Garlic Turkey

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Baked Greek Yogurt and Garlic Turkey Breats Tenderloins are cooked in a combination of Greek yogurt, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and seasoning salt for a shockingly delicious and tender baked turkey. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down

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Baked Yogurt and Garlic Turkey is one of those dishes that you won't believe works until you try it, but then you won't be able to stop making it. The turkey comes out moist and tender every time without fail. Serve it with some Garlic Sugar Snap Peas or Parmesan Roasted Broccoli.

Have y'all seen the "Melt in Your Mouth" chicken that seems to be taking over Pinterest lately?  Basically, it's chicken breast covered with a mixture of mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, seasoning salt, and pepper. It's slathered in that simple sauce and then baked for about 45 minutes.  People have been going crazy over it, seriously crazy for it. So naturally, I had to give it a try. Originally I tried a version with chicken and that was met with rave reviews. Naturally, I wanted to try it with turkey as well.

Like the chicken version, I wanted to lighten things up and use something other than mayonnaise. I decided to make it with plain Greek yogurt instead since it has a similar thick and creamy consistency. It also naturally tenderizes meats, much like mayonnaise, so it was a natural fit. For the turkey, I used turkey breast tenderloins since I had some on hand and I can find them year round at the grocery store.  Then you just need garlic and seasoned salt. If you have never had seasoned salt before, it is basically a combination of salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, granulated onion, and sugar. 

Now back to the recipe. If I am being 100% honest with you, I have to admit, I was shocked by how much I enjoyed the end product.  This is not exactly the kind of recipe I normally make and I was skeptical. But let me tell you, it's good! The turkey stays nice and moist and the top becomes almost crispy after baking as the Parmesan cheese melts. 

Ways to Customize this Baked Turkey with Yogurt and Parmesan

The easiest way to switch up the flavors in this recipe is to play around with the spices and herbs you use. Depending on what you mix into the Greek yogurt, you can really change up the flavors.

  • Cajun: Instead of the seasoned salt, use your favorite Cajun seasoning to create a slightly spicy version. 
  • Ranch: Swap in store-bought ranch seasoning (or make your own at home) for a Parmesan ranch turkey that your whole family will love.
  • Lemon pepper: Try using lemon pepper instead of the seasoned salt and then serve with fresh lemon slices on the side.
  • Italian Seasoning: Italian seasoning contains fried spices like basil., thyme, and oregano. Mix this into the yogurt to add an Italian twist. Serve it over pasta or spaghetti squash served with marinara.
  • Taco: Use a store-bought or homemade taco seasoning to create a slightly spicy and smoky version of this baked yogurt turkey. 

Side Dish Ideas

There are almost endless options when it comes to side dishes for this baked turkey. It pairs well with anything from roasted vegetables to pasta to salads. Here are some of my favorite options:

  • Keep things light and healthy and serve it alongside this Kale Caesar Salad. The Parmesan in the Caesar salad goes great with the parmesan in the turkey. Sometimes I throw some quinoa or white beans into the mix as well to make it a complete meal.
  • I take any excuse I can to make these Easy Roasted Potatoes. I love the combination of the mustard in the potatoes with the flavors in the turkey - it really works.
  • Roasted vegetables are always a great option. Consider roasting some butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini, green beans, asparagus, or broccoli.
  • For a light option, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles with marinara sauce is a good option. I like to make these Parmesan Zucchini Noodles.

Can I make this with chicken?

Absolutely! This recipe will work great with chicken breasts. Just make the Greek yogurt, garlic, and Parmesan sauce and spread that over the chicken breasts. Then bake until the chicken is cooked through. The amount of time this takes will depend on the thickness of the chicken. Thick chicken breasts may take longer and thinner chicken cutlets will cook more quickly.

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Baked Greek Yogurt and Garlic Turkey

Baked Greek Yogurt and Garlic Turkey

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  • 1.33 lb boneless skinless turkey breast tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.


Mix together the cheese, yogurt, garlic powder, seasoning salt, pepper, and lemon zest.


Place the chicken in a prepared baking dish and cover with the yogurt and cheese mixture.


Bake for 30-45 minutes until turkey is cooked through and browned on top. Cooking time may vary based on the thickness of your turkey.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 100mg
Sodium 752mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Protein 45g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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