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A simple and delicious way to make turkey cutlets in an air fryer with a quick mushroom sauce recipe. You’ve never cooked turkey this easy!

Air Fryer Turkey Cutlets covered in mushroom sauce sliced on a white plate with a fork in one piece

It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to enjoy a turkey dinner thanks to these air fryer turkey cutlets! You can now have a turkey dinner any day of the week in just 10 minutes, even with a small air fryer.

I am going to teach you how to cook turkey breast cutlets in the air fryer, how to make a super easy mushroom sauce, cook frozen turkey breasts in the air fryer cutlet/steak style), and how to reheat your leftover turkey in the air fryer!

I used boneless and skinless turkey cutlets for this recipe. Your store may also refer to them as turkey steaks.

If using a turkey chop or full turkey breast, your cook time will need to be adjusted for a difference in thickness.

Looking for other recipes to make for Thanksgiving? Try out this full list of Thanksgiving Air Fryer Recipes!

Title and Shown: Air Fryer Turkey Steaks (closeup of sliced turkey with mushroom sauce).

I used the Cosori 5.8QT Air Fryer to make this turkey recipe. Its square basket gives more surface area so I can cook more at the same time!

How to Make Turkey Cutlets in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

  • Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees.
  • Place turkey breast cutlets inside the air fryer side by side and cook for 9-11 minutes, flipping halfway through until they hit 165 degrees internally.

    If you are using a smaller air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches or use a wire rack.
Raw Turkey in Air Fryer
  • Meanwhile, heat the cream of mushroom soup and milk on the stove on medium heat. Let cook until hot, about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the air fryer turkey cutlets and let rest for about 5 minutes.
  • Serve with the mushroom sauce and enjoy!
Cooked turkey in the air fryer

NOTE: While the turkey cutlets are gluten-free and keto-friendly, the mushroom sauce is not.
Swap it out for your favorite gravy or try this delicious keto and gluten-free Peppered Gravy recipe that’s made in 10 minutes.

At What Temperature is Turkey Done Cooking?

Turkey must cook to a minimum of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to be eaten safely. This rule applies to turkey cutlets, turkey breasts, and full turkeys.

To keep your turkey as juicy as possible, try to remove the turkey as soon as it reaches 165 degrees at its thickest point. Overcooking turkey will cause it to taste dry.

An instant-read thermometer will help you get a quick reading. I recommend and use the Kizen Instant Read Thermometer. It shows the internal temperature in just 3 seconds, which helps keep the heat inside the air fryer if you need to cook the turkey a little more.

Are Turkey Chops and Turkey Cutlets the Same?

A turkey cutlet is a thin piece of boneless turkey cut like a thin chicken breast. A turkey chop is a thicker cut of meat and may still have the bone attached.

While a turkey chop can weigh 4 to 8 ounces, a turkey cutlet may only weigh a quarter of a pound.

Closeup of air fryer turkey in easy mushroom sauce sliced

How to Reheat Air Fryer Turkey Breast Cutlets

This recipe reheats best with turkey cutlets without the added mushroom sauce.

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook turkey cutlets for 5-6 minutes, until heated thoroughly.
  3. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!
Closeup of sliced air fryer turkey steaks on a white plate with mushroom sauce

How to Freeze Turkey Cutlets

Cooking frozen meat without thawing it out works best by using this technique to freeze it. Otherwise, you may end up with frozen chunks of meat that won’t come apart and cook unevenly.

  1. Place parchment paper (wax paper works too) on a baking sheet.
  2. Put refrigerated turkey fillets on the parchment paper and cover with plastic wrap. Let freeze for about an hour.
  3. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and place frozen turkey cutlets in a labeled freezer bag.

This method also works great when you want to use just a portion of the frozen meat, like when making a quick air fryer hot dog from frozen.

Sliced air fryer turkey on a white plate covered in mushroom sauce

How to Make Frozen Turkey Breasts in the Air Fryer

These turkey cutlets work great when cooked from frozen in the air fryer! There is no need to defrost them ahead of time.

  1. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees.
  2. Place frozen turkey cutlets inside the air fryer and cook for 12-14 minutes, flipping and seasoning halfway until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  3. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!

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Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Turkey Cutlets

Air Fryer Turkey Cutlets covered in mushroom sauce sliced on a white plate with a fork in one piece

Turkey Cutlets are air fried and covered with a quick optional mushroom sauce that tastes just like Thanksgiving dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 turkey cutlets
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Mushroom sauce

  • Canned cream of mushroom soup (like Campbell's)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees.
  2. Baste turkey breast cutlets with butter, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place raw turkey breasts in the air fryer and cook for 9-11 minutes, until they reach 165 degrees at its thickest point.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the cream of mushroom soup and milk on the stove in a small saucepan on medium heat. Let cook until hot, about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove turkey cutlets from the air fryer and serve with the mushroom sauce.

Notes

How to Reheat Turkey in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Place turkey cutlets in the air fryer and cook for 5-6 minutes, until warmed thoroughly and enjoy!

How to Cook Frozen Turkey in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees.

2. Place frozen turkey cutlets in the air fryer and cook 12-14 minutes, flipping and seasoning turkey halfway through, until the turkey reaches 165 degrees. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1384mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 36g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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