Roasted Turkey Thighs

Thanksgiving is a mere 2 1/2 weeks away and that could only mean one thing, its Turkey Time! Wonderfully juicy, perfectly roasted turkey. For many people this means a big 10 or even 20 pound bird. However for those that are having a smaller gathering. Or for those, like me, who really prefer the dark meat, these roasted turkey thighs are the perfect option.  The meat is succulent and flavorful, everything I look for in my Thanksgiving turkey.

I have a small confession to make. I will not be making Thanksgiving dinner this year. The size of my apartment and the distance from family just doesn’t allow for it. But I for one love all of the comforts that go along with Thanksgiving food so I have been making various recipes for the past month. These roasted turkey thighs were my first experiment. I found them at my local grocery store near the ground turkey and turkey cutlets. Once I got them home I simply brushed them with melted butter, rubbed them with a few seasonings and popped them in the oven. Soon after I was salivating at the wonderful smell of roasted turkey. Before I knew it I sat down to a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. The fact that it was right smack dab in the middle of October is a minor detail.

The Recipe

  • Serves 2 - 4
  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds turkey thighs (about 2 thighs)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Using a pastry brush, brush both sides of the turkey thighs with melted butter.
  3. Mix together salt, garlic powder, pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme and paprika. Rub seasoning mixture over both sides of the thighs.
  4. Drizzle with any remaining butter. Transfer to a roasting pan. Cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce heat to 325 and continue to cook for 2 - 2 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted reaches 180 degrees. Spoon pan juices over the top every 30 minutes. Note: If you notice the skin getting too crispy, loosely cover the thighs with aluminum foil.
  5. Remove turkey thighs from the oven, allow to rest for 10 minutes. Carve and serve.

Be sure to check back over the next couple of weeks as I share more comforting Thanksgiving recipes. Enjoy!

  • Susan

    Oh my that looks delicious. I will be making these roasted turkey breasts for my boyfriend and I for Thanksgiving since we will be alone here without family near us!

    Can you suggest a good turkey gravy recipe?

  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Deseree

    I hope you enjoy them Susan! Keep in mind if you do use breasts instead of thighs that the times may vary. Generally with turkey breasts its 20 minutes per pound. As for the gravy recipe, I plan on posting one this week. After all you can’t have Thanksgiving without it! :)

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  • Abigail

    I made this receipe for Thanksgiving, along with a small, frozen turkey breast. Very nice dinner for 2 of us. The thighs are so good, that, as I type this, two more thighs are roasting happily in my oven. The flavor is AMAZING.

    Now I need to peruse your site to see what else you cook. Oh yes, and sign up for your new recipes.

  • JANE GUSTAR

    I ONCE TRIED TO BAKE TURKEY THIGHS AS I PREFER DARK MEAT, BUT THEY TURNED OUT TO BE VERY DRY. I ASKED AROUND AMONGST MY FRIENDS AND IT SEEMS THAT NO ONE HAD EVER TRIED TO ROAST THEM. IT’S STRANGE, BECAUSE THESE SAME FRIENDS TALKED ABOUT LIKING DARK MEAT VS BREAST AND IT WAS A FLUKE THAT MY FAMILY FOUND BOTH BREASTS AND THIGHS PACKAGED SEPARATELY IN THE MEAT SECTION OF THE GROCERY STORE. THAT MEANT THAT WE COULD PURCHASE BOTH/EITHER AND SATISFY EVERYONE WITHOUT HAVING TO BUY A WHOLE TURKEY. THAT MEANT FOR US THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE A WASTED CARCAS (NO ONE LIKES TURKEY SOUP). THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

  • Simone Genovese

    Excellent recipe!!!. My turkey legs turned out delicious. Moist, tender, and tasty.

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