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Lemon Garlic Turkey with Orzo Pasta and Roasted Spring Vegetables

This flavourful Lemon Garlic Turkey recipe is delicious and so easy to make!  Serve over Orzo Pasta and with Roasted Spring Vegetables.

I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious Lemon Garlic Turkey Recipe, and was compensated for my time, but the recipe, pictures, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.  We really love turkey.

Spring has arrived and that means there are many special occasions to gather with family and friends.  Mother’s Day, Easter, May Long Weekend, Father’s Day, and graduations are just some of those special times where it’s nice to serve a show stopper meal that’s delicious and not complicated!  Today I’m sharing a simple and super flavourful recipe for Lemon Garlic Turkey which would be perfect for any special occasion.

Lemon Garlic Turkey over Orzo Pasta and Roasted Spring Vegetables

For this recipe I used one of my favourite cuts of turkey, the fillets. I like the portion size of fillets which makes them easy to cook and serve, not to mention that they’re so tender!  And to make them extra delicious for this Lemon Garlic Turkey recipe, I first dredged them in flour and pan fried them in a little bit of olive oil and butter, which makes a nice crunchy surface.

Lemon Garlic Turkey

Then I simmered the fillets in a lemon, garlic, butter and white wine sauce which is as delicious as it sounds.  Seriously, you’re going to want to make sure that you eat every last drop of that sauce…it’s SO flavourful.

Lemon Garlic Turkey

To complete this meal, serve the turkey over a bed of cooked Orzo pasta, and some roasted spring vegetables, like asparagus and broccolini.  Not only is this dish beautiful, it’s so delicious.

 Lemon Garlic Turkey over Orzo Pasta and Roasted Spring Vegetables

This healthy, show-stopping meal, is perfect for any family dinner or special occasion!  It’s so flavourful, delicious and easy to make.

Lemon Garlic Turkey Over Orzo Pasta and Roasted Spring Vegetables



Lemon Garlic Turkey

This flavourful Lemon Garlic Turkey recipe is delicious and so easy to make!  Serve over Orzo Pasta and with Roasted Spring Vegetables.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x




  • 6 turkey fillets
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce:

  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots (about 3 small shallots)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp fresh lemon zest
  • salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Serve with:

  • Serve with cooked orzo and roasted spring vegetables (like asparagus and broccolini.)


Making the Lemon Garlic Turkey Fillets:

  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge the turkey fillets in the flour, shaking off the excess, and set aside.
  3. In a skillet over low-medium heat, melt the butter and warm the olive oil.
  4. Once the butter is melted, add the floured turkey fillets.
  5. Cook the turkey fillets until they are golden brown, so about 4 to 5 minutes for each side.  Once cooked (the internal temp should be 165 degrees F), using a slotted spoon, remove the turkey onto a plate and set aside.
  6. To this same pan add the minced garlic and shallots and saute until soft. Make sure to mix in all the delicious crispy bits!
  7. Add the wine and simmer for about 2 minutes.
  8. Then add the vegetable stock and butter.  Simmer until the sauce reduces slightly…this should take about 5 minutes or so.
  9. Stir in the fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.  Simmer for 2 minutes.
  10. Then add the cooked turkey fillets back to the pan and simmer on low until the turkey is warmed through.
  11. If you want extra lemon flavour, add a few slices of fresh lemon to the broth, but don’t place them on the turkey.

Putting it all together:

  1. Serve with cooked orzo and roasted spring vegetables.  I like to serve everything in one dish, so layer the orzo on the bottom, then layer on the roasted vegetables, and top it off with the Lemon Garlic Turkey.  Make sure to drizzle all the lemon garlic sauce from the pan over the turkey!  Garnish with fresh lemon slices.

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5 Ways to Make Turkey Your Secret Weapon for Everyday Meals:

  1. Plan ahead! When it comes to meal planning, a whole turkey delivers huge value as a ‘cook once, eat twice or more’ meal. You can buy a whole turkey to cook on the weekend and feed your family for several days during the week. Freeze portions of leftovers to use as meal-starters for quick weekday dinners and lunches.
  2. Get back to basics! Enjoying more meals at home is one of the best things you can do for your family. Cooking meals from scratch let you control the ingredients and include more health-boosting whole foods such as turkey, veggies and whole grains.
  3. Make the switch! Turkey makes a fantastic everyday choice for all your protein needs. Think about switching to turkey and turkey cuts for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Turkey is lean, nutrient-rich and packed with protein to give you long-lasting energy that powers you through your busy everyday schedules and activities.
  4. Boost your nutrients! Turkey is packed with nutrients like vitamin B12 (important in keeping your nervous system – the body’s electrical wiring – working well), selenium (an antioxidant mineral) and zinc (for a strong immune system).
  5. Bump up the protein! Eating 20 to 30 grams of quality protein with all of your meals, along with being active, can help build and maintain muscle. Protein delivers hunger- curbing satisfaction to keep you energized for longer. Turkey is the power protein of choice – it’s an excellent source of high-quality protein with each 100 gram portion serving up about 30 grams of lean protein.

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