Roasted turkey thighs are a fantastic alternative to cooking a whole bird because the meat dries out a lot less quickly than turkey breasts. They're perfect for a Thanksgiving for two or even for a small group.

I keep my roasted turkey thighs simple - only sage, butter, salt & pepper. You can really go all out, though!

Two turkey thighs can normally overstuff two folks, or feed four people well if there are lots of sides. :D

Step 1: Ingredients:

  • turkey thighs
  • salted butter - 2-3 tablespoons
  • fresh sage
  • salt & pepper

You'll also want a probe thermometer and a lipped baking sheet - I'm using a 13x9 size. Don't use a deep cake pan - the thighs won't crisp up as nicely.

We'll be roasting the thighs at 350 F.
Made it 5 times now. Fantastic.
<p>This turkey was fantastic! I used unsalted butter and spread a little of it on the outside of the skin, as well and then was pretty generous with the salt and pepper. I used a 350 degree oven and it took 35 minutes to cook two thighs and then I rested for 10 minutes. I made a gravy from the pan juices adding a little water mixed with cornstarch and then added a splash of chicken broth and s &amp; p to taste. The skin was crispy (without having to broil) and the meat was really flavourful and juicy. I'll definitely make this again with turkey and will also try with bone-in chicken breasts and see how that works. Highly recommend this recipe!</p>
<p>Have made it 3 times. Spectacular flavors. 400 degree oven. Best thigh recipe ever. Added garlic powder once, was good but recipe as written is a 10.</p><p>Thanks, jessyratfink. Recipe is truly a 10.</p>
<p>Thanks for this great recipe, I bought a turkey leg yesterday and now I know how I'm going to cook it! ^_^</p>
Why does the beginning say &quot;we will be roasting the thighs at 350 degrees&quot;. Then later contradict instructing you to put in a 400 degree oven? Confusing
<p>Made it. It was good. I think I didn't add enough seasoning. I didn't have sage leaves so I used sage out of a bottle, but it was very moist and tasty. Good idea about crisping up the skin under the broiler. I probably would add some pepper under the skin next time, maybe a little bit of red pepper as well. Perhaps some a bit of lemon juice couldn't hurt. It was good, just not strong enough flavor as I like. (I probably over season everything for some people.)</p>
<p>Made this, and it came out great. Added some potatoes, carrots, onions, and fennel. Dee-lish.</p>
I have a turkey thigh in the freezer and some sage in the garden - going to give this a go
I have a turkey thigh in the freezer and some sage in the garden - going to give this a go

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