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Hot & Spicy Turkey Legs Recipe
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Hot & Spicy Turkey Legs Recipe

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Who doesn’t love turkey legs at a street fair? Why wait for the next fair when you can make incredible turkey legs at home? Grab the seasonings and begin! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 turkey drumsticks (1-1/2 pounds each)
  • 2/3 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 turkey drumstick equals 937 calories, 50 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 343 mg cholesterol, 587 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 113 g protein.


  1. Divide drumsticks between two large resealable bags. In a bowl, whisk remaining ingredients until blended. Add 3/4 cup marinade to drumsticks, dividing evenly between bags. Seal bags and turn to coat. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Remove drumsticks from marinade to a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan; discard marinade in bags.
  3. Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 45-60 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 175°, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Hot & Spicy Turkey Legs in Taste of Home June/July 2014

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"These must have been good because I never got the chance to taste them! Iserved traditional turkey dinner, and to mix things up I also made a platter of these turkey legs. While everyone helped themselves, I spent a few minutes seeing to my guests needs, and by the time I got to the serving table they were gone, and people were raving about them! Next time I'll make sure to set one aside..."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"This was a nice change of pace mid-week dinner and my family enjoyed it. The turkey drumsticks had a nice spicy flavor and were very tender. I will definitely be making these again."

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014 Edited Jun. 17, 2014

"I made this recipe using chicken drumsticks and it was very, very tasty. The Louisiana hot sauce is what really makes it good. Will make this again and again."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2014

"These had a lot of flavor"

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