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Turkey drumsticks after braising.

Spiced Braised Turkey Legs

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  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 3 hours
    • Category: Dinner
    • Method: Braising
    • Cuisine: American


  • 3 turkey drumsticks
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • ½ cup (120 ml) orange juice
  • 1 cup (240 ml) chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Generously season the turkey legs with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet with deep sides over medium-high heat. Sear the turkey legs until brown on both sides (about five minutes per side) and set aside.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the onions and carrots to the pan. Cook for five minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, rosemary and thyme to the pan. Cook an additional minute.
  5. Pour in the orange juice and scrape up any brown bits stuck on the bottom of the pan.
  6. Return the turkey legs to the pan.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce and brown sugar. Pour over the turkey legs. Add the cinnamon stick.
  8. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 2.5 to 3 hours. Check every hour or so and add more chicken broth or water if needed.
  9. When the turkey is tender and falling off the bone, remove to a plate and strain the braising liquid through a fine mesh sieve. Serve the turkey legs with the braising liquid on the side.