Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin Filets with Sauteed Garlic Kale

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin Filets with Sauteed Garlic Kale

I’m proud to say that I’m living up to my commitment with eating a lighter diet after the holiday feeding frenzy and I’ve dropped a few pounds already. All it takes for me is a little momentum and I can stick with it. It actually feels great to be eating lots of fruit, vegetables, and lean meats. Holiday food is fun for a short period of time, but it’s always good to get back to healthy eating!

This might be one of the simplest dishes in terms of ingredients that I’ve ever posted. If you’re looking for a healthy, five-ingredient dinner (not counting salt and pepper), then this is the recipe for you. I really need to keep this one on my regular rotation of weeknight suppers.

Turkey tenderloins, much like chicken tenderloins, are breast meat, but much more tender than the larger breast portion. The bacon imparts a smoky flavor to the turkey, and if you’re careful to cook them to 160 degrees, they are juicy and deliciously tender.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin Filets with Sauteed Garlic Kale

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 turkey tenderloin filets

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin Filets with Sauteed Garlic Kale


For the kale:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 large or 2 small bunches of kale, thick stems removed and sliced

4 large cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper

Red pepper flakes

For the turkey:

2 10-ounce turkey tenderloins, cut crosswise into 4 equal pieces each

6 to 8 slices bacon

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


For the kale:

Heat olive oil in a large shallow pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add kale to pan in batches, tossing regularly. When kale is wilted, add more and repeat until all kale is wilted. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.

For the turkey:

1. Wrap each piece of turkey with bacon. Trim excess and wrap and tie with kitchen twine. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Place turkey filets in skillet and brown on each side for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn filets on their side to brown bacon. Turn every minute until bacon is browned on all sides. Reduce heat to low, cover skillet and for 5 to 8 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Remove from pan and let turkey rest for 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Serve turkey filets atop sauteed kale.

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Bill Harris

I grew up in small town Mississippi eating traditional southern fare.A lifelong foodie, I started cooking and experimenting with food at a very young age. I started Southern Boy Dishes as a creative outlet and a way to share my love of food.

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  1. says

    What a fabulous idea! I love turkey tenderloin and cook them up quite often but never so exotic. Love the bacon wrap. And the garlic kale as a side is perfect. We love meal with a protein and green side. Healthy and delicious! A lovely light meal!

  2. says

    Hi There, This is a terrific post! I loved ur pictures, the food looks really good and tempting. It’s wonderful to see your each and every post. I simply adore your work ! And hope to see more of your creative endeavors soon ! Bookmarked this one and shall give it a shot :)) Wish you and your family a very Happy and Blessed New Year!!!
    Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

    • says

      Thank you SO much, Sonia! I so appreciate your comment and I’m so happy you found Southern Boy Dishes. It’s so great to get positive feedback and I really appreciate the compliments! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  3. says

    What a great take on a classic dish! Love the substitution of turkey for beef. And I love preparing kale with garlic like you did – such a great side dish. Super recipe! And I agree with you that once you get some momentum going, it’s pretty easy to stay on a steady course, at least in terms of what one eats. Good stuff – thanks.

  4. says

    You know, I’m big on rich meals and lots of snacks and sweets but decided to lighten up after the holidays. And it feels great! However, there is always room in my belly for anything wrapped in bacon! And garlic kale! :) Looks amazing!

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