Turkey Tenderloin Dinner: One Pot Thanksgiving for Two

Katie Jasiewicz | Katie's Cucina Updated

This easy turkey tenderloin dinner with stuffing comes together in just half an hour. Thanksgiving for two in under an hour!

Turkey Tenderloin Photo

One of my favorite meals to eat is Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce are all a must. When it’s just my husband and I eating dinner, however, there's no point in making a full-on Thanksgiving dinner. I love to make a one-pot version.  

When it comes to this turkey tenderloin dinner, my Le Creuset French Oven is key. From start to finish, this one cast iron pot can make a full meal for us. Typically, I’ll make it for our Sunday dinner and best of all Thanksgiving dinner is served in 30 minutes!

Yes, it is possible to make a Thanksgiving dinner for two in just 30 minutes. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I figured sharing this one pot Thanksgiving for two is incredibly timely. No need to skip your favorites just because it's a romantic dinner for two instead of twenty-two! Using turkey tenderloins makes it a super easy thing to do.

Turkey Tenderloin Picture

To keep it quick I use a packet gravy mix and a can of cranberry sauce to compliment my meal. If you time it just right, you can make mashed potatoes from scratch at the start of making your turkey. I have a few great recipes for mashes potatoes like my olive oil mashed potatoes and cauliflower and baked cheddar and chive mashed potatoes. Or you could try Julia's buttermilk mashed potatoes recipe too! Utilize vegetable steam bags to steam fresh green beans or asparagus—quick cooking and easier clean up or try this roasted broccoli recipe from Wendy.

Even if its just the two of you for Thanksgiving this year, you can at least enjoy an easy home cooked Thanksgiving dinner at home. 

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Turkey Tenderloin Recipe

    2 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 pound Turkey Breast Tenderloins
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 stalk Celery, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Dry Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Cherries
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley
  • 2 cups Dry Stuffing Mix


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. On the stovetop, place the French oven on medium heat with one tablespoon of grape seed oil. Season turkey cutlets with salt and pepper and place into the French oven. Cook on each side for one minute. Then remove to a plate.
  3. In the same French oven, place one tablespoon butter and let it melt (about 30 seconds). Place the minced celery and dried onions in the French oven and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Then add the chopped pecans, cherries and one tablespoon of chicken broth; mix well. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add fresh parsley and 2 cups of stuffing mix, mix well and toast for 1 minute. Then add the one-cup of chicken broth. Mix until all the stuffing mix has absorbed the broth.
  6. Turn the heat off and place the turkey cutlets on top (and pour any juice that was leftover on the turkey plate).
  7. Place the French oven with lid on in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


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Katie Jasiewicz

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Katie is our resident one-pot meal fanatic, but you'll find that she's passionate about every kind of food, from dinners to desserts, on her blog Katie's Cucina.