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Spicy Turkey Legs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours


6 servings

Your guests are sure to get a kick out of these flavorful turkey legs. For less spicy flavor, reduce the amount of hot sauce and inject 1/2 ounce into each leg. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Spicy Turkey Legs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2/3 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 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
  • 6 turkey drumsticks (1 pound each)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients; set aside 1/4 cup for basting. Draw remaining marinade into a flavor injector. In several areas of each drumstick, inject a total of 2 tablespoons (or 1 oz.) of marinade into the meat while slowly pulling out the needle.
  2. Place drumsticks on a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake until a thermometer reads 180°, 45-55 minutes longer, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.
Editor's Note: Flavor injectors can be found in the outdoor cooking section of your favorite home or cooking store or through numerous internet sources.

Nutrition Facts

1 turkey leg: 680 calories, 39g fat (9g saturated fat), 228mg cholesterol, 1489mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 76g protein.

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