Turkey Cutlets with Quinoa Pilaf

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Are you looking for a simple recipe that is a complete meal? This combination of turkey cutlets with quinoa will do the trick! Quinoa makes a delicious pilaf and pairs perfectly with our flavorful turkey cutlets. Healthy quinoa foods are a great substitute for meals that typically feature rice or pasta. These nutritious quinoa cutlets taste great and are one of the healthiest pairings available for dinner. Leftovers even make a great lunch the next day.

Turkey cutlets are often overlooked when it comes to choosing a protein for dinner. Most people opt for chicken breast or fish. Both are extremely healthy choices, but over time, the same foods can get boring. Turkey cutlets mix things up a bit and provide than comforting taste you associated with family holiday meals. Mixed with quinoa pilaf, your family enjoys a complete, healthy meal that is easy to prepare and low in calories and saturated fat.

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Turkey Cutlets with Quinoa Pilaf

Turkey Cutlets with Quinoa Pilaf

Yield: 4 servings | Serving size: 1 cutlet and 1 cup quinoa | Calories: 286 | Total Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 28mg | Carbohydrates: 33g | Dietary Fiber: 5g | Sugars: 1g | Protein: 16g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8 |


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dry white quinoa, rinsed or pre-rinsed
  • 2 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas, no added sugar
  • 2 tablespoons diced pistachios, optional
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 (4-ounce) turkey cutlets


  1. In a medium saucepan, add 1 tablespoon canola oil, heat to medium-low, and sauté shallot slices until tender, about 5 minutes. Add dry quinoa, chicken broth, bay leaf, and green peas; stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and remove bay leaf and discard. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Add pistachios, allow to sit 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork, and serve with cutlets.
  2. While pilaf is cooking, cook turkey cutlets. Add remaining canola oil to a large skillet, and heat to medium-high. Season cutlets, add to hot skillet, and sear on each side until browned and crispy.
  3. Note: If cutlets have a lot of water, simply allow to cook down until syrupy and liquid is absorbed. Cover, and continue cooking on medium heat until turkey is cooked through and has an internal temperature of 165°.
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10 Comments on "Turkey Cutlets with Quinoa Pilaf"

  1. Virginia  July 26, 2012

    This is for dinner tonight, because everyone in my house including my toddler LOVES it! We try a recipe from your website every night, and I've lost 15 lbs!

  2. Twinzmommy  July 26, 2012

    Have been wanting to try quinoa, but wanted a good recipe to try it with.  This one looks really yummy!

  3. Brayshannon  July 29, 2012

    Great recipe!!! Quick and easy too!

  4. Marie  October 14, 2013

    Can this be done in a slow cooker?

    • Skinny Ms.  October 15, 2013

      Marie, I’ve never made this recipe in the slow cooker. The cutlets and quinoa would have to made separately. Possibly try making the turkey cutlets in the slow cooker but not the quinoa.

  5. MaryAnn  October 26, 2017

    I have red quinoa, will that work?

    • Nichole Furlong  October 27, 2017

      Great question, MaryAnn! Red quinoa will work. You may need to cook it a little bit longer and sometimes it has a bit more of a crunchy texture. It will still be delicious!

  6. Michele Conard  October 22, 2018

    You should try SM quinoa stir fry. So yummy

  7. Anjali  May 8, 2019

    I’m going to try this recipe tonight! But instead of pistachios, I’m going to halve some cashew nuts and gently roast them to get that bit of a crunch in my pilaf!

    • Gale Compton  May 8, 2019

      Anjali, Cashews would definitely work. I love this recipe. Enjoy. 🙂


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