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Dec 19, 2006 06:23 PM

How long to roast turkey thighs?


I bought a package of two turkey thighs the other day. I've never cooked these before and would like to bake or roast them. I know when I bake chicken parts, I usually cook them at 350 degrees F. for about an hour. I can't find any info for how long or what temperature to cook the turkey thighs for, all the recipes I can find are for the crockpot, but I want to roast these. They have the skin and bones and are a total of about 1.6 pounds for the package of two. Thanks for any tips!

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  1. I usually do the larger turkey parts long & low. Maybe 300 to 325 for 2+ hours. Covered at first to sorta steam- they can get dry & chewy. Then uncovered for last hour. Since these usually come from bigger birds than the whole holiday ones, the meat can be a lot tougher. I really enjoy them with a little soy sauce & cranberry (sweet/salty) spooned over while cooking (and lots of garlic)

    1. Since most of my family prefers dark meat to white, I often roast turkey legs. I prefer to cook them at a relatively high heat.

      I start off at 400F, placing the turkey legs on a bed of carrots, celery and sliced onions seasoned with the same dry seasonings I've put on the turkey (usually sweet Hungarian paprika, dry (not hot) mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper). I roast uncovered for 20 minutes, then add chicken broth or water to the pan (about 1-2 cups, depending on the size of the pan - the larger the pan, the quicker it'll evaporate), then turn the heat to 375F.

      I cook the turkey (adding more broth or water as it evaporates) for a total of 80 to 90 minutes, basting with the drippings a couple of times. It comes out tender and juicy. I've even cooked it skin-off (rubbed with a bit of oil), and it's great.