Marinated Turkey Thighs Recipe

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"This recipe was one I originally used for lamb shanks," writes Enid Karp from Encinitas, California. "I decided it just might work for turkey, too-and I was right! The meat turns out tender, juicy and very flavorful every time."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 1-1/4 hours
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 turkey thighs (3/4 pound each)

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 301 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 204mg cholesterol, 595mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 52g protein.


  1. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the buttermilk, onion, salt, pepper, celery seed, coriander and ginger; add turkey. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Place turkey in a greased shallow baking dish. Cover and bake at 325° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 30-35 minutes longer or until juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 180°. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Marinated Turkey Thighs in Country Woman November/December 2002, p37

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jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 60397
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"I hate to be the first to review and then give a recipe just an average rating, but I just didn't find that marinating the turkey thighs added that much to the flavor of the meat. I marinated for 8 hours, not overnight. It certainly was tender, but the roasting time was a little short for the "fall off the bone" tenderness that we like (or maybe it was the 325 temperature)."

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