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Roasted Turkey Thighs

Roasted turkey thighs are the perfect Thanksgiving dinner solution when you have a small family to feed. They're easy to prepare, juicy, and delicious!
4.6 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 214 kcal



  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush both sides of the turkey thighs with melted butter.
  • Mix together salt, garlic powder, pepper, rosemary, sage, thyme and paprika. Rub seasoning mixture over both sides of the thighs.
  • 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 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted reaches 175 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.
  • Remove turkey thighs from the oven, allow to rest for 10 minutes. Carve and serve.


After feedback and more testing, this recipe was modified to reduce the cooking from from 2 hours to 1 - 1 1/2.
Be sure to let the turkey thighs rest before slicing. This helps them stay juicier.
Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.


Calories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 0.6gProtein: 13.7gFat: 17.7gSaturated Fat: 5.5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 643mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.1g
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Keywords: entree, roasted turkey, thanksgiving, thanksgiving dinner, turkey, turkey thighs