Orangey Turkey Legs

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"Hearty turkey drumsticks are marinated and basted with a tangy orange marinade. This is great for leftovers, but also a fine way to enjoy turkey throughout the year!"


2 h 45 m servings 379 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 379 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 20.5 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 10.7g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 36.8 g
  • 74%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 89 mg
  • 30%
  • Sodium:
  • 397 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a blender or food processor, mix the orange segments, vinegar, and brown sugar. Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag, and mix in the reserved mandarin orange liquid and oil. Place the turkey drumsticks in the bag, seal, and marinate in the refrigerator 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Place the marinated turkey drumsticks on the baking sheet, and season with salt.
  4. Cover, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove cover, and continue baking 1 hour, basting often with the remaining orange mixture, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).


  • Note
  • Leftover marinade may be heated and whisked with water and flour for a gravy-glaze.
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  1. 14 Ratings


I substituted orange marmalade and orange juice instead of mandarin oranges to increase the orange flavor. Worked like a charm. Legs were flavorful and juicy.

I did these in my crockpot and didn't see the need to add any oil. Although the legs were very tender and surprisingly, they did brown in the crockpot, there was not a big orange flavor. I sub...

This was okay. I was disappointed because there was not a lot of flavor to the turkey even with marinating and basting. I would probably not make again. Sorry.

WOW!!! We had these using large chicken legs. Used hand held blender to mix marinade. Baked them in uncovered stage for 90 mins. They looked delicious and they were very good. Give them a try ...

We really enjoyed this recipe. I followes it exactly. When the legs were served, I made sure everyone also added the wonderful sauce to their dish for dipping!

As I didn't have any mandarin oranges on hand, i used the OJ and marmalade substitute, as others recommended. As for the reviews that claim it was "bland", these are also the ones that left out...

good but would have liked to taste more of the orange flavor in meat.

This recipe was very good. Instead of using turkey, like the recipe calls for, I used chicken legs, and they tasted wonderful. The meat was very juicy, tender and fell apart very nicely. No figh...

I was looking for a way to use up some turkey legs that I'd bought on a whim. I was really excited about this recipe. I was looking forward to it, but I really feel like it fell flat. I read so...