Hungry for turkey, and holidays are months away? This simple yet delicious recipe will satisfy the craving for sure! When done, make gravy with pan juices adding more chicken broth, if needed.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 45 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
3 hrs 55 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
3 small drumsticks
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Put turkey drumsticks in a large bowl with enough water to cover. Stir salt into water to dissolve.

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  • Brine drumsticks in refrigerator for 2 hours; drain. Rinse drumsticks with clean water and pat dry.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Brush butter over drumsticks to coat; season with black pepper.

  • Pour chicken broth into a roasting pan. Lay turkey legs into the broth. Place a lid on the roasting pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

1644 calories; protein 83g 166% DV; carbohydrates 46.7g 15% DV; fat 124.4g 191% DV; cholesterol 280mg 93% DV; sodium 2950.7mg 118% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2016
This is my personal recipe. Note: Allrecipes misprinted my directions. Here is the correction: Place rinsed and patted dry turkey drumsticks ON A RACK. Do not put turkey directly into the broth or the flavor will be diluted. (I use Butterball turkey legs). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/05/2014
Other than having to take out of the oven in half the time directed, I did everything this recipe said to do but the end result was inedible. Rubber. I took a suggestion of putting the drumsticks on a rack rather than directly into the broth but even then the meat was boiled-like and not tasty at all. Wasn't a fan, sorry. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2016
This is my personal recipe. Note: Allrecipes misprinted my directions. Here is the correction: Place rinsed and patted dry turkey drumsticks ON A RACK. Do not put turkey directly into the broth or the flavor will be diluted. (I use Butterball turkey legs). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2013
Just prepared these for myself & roommates. Added other herbs & spices to the brine. Had no broth, so added herbed water in the bottom of a broiler pan, with turkey drumsticks on the slatted top of the pan. It was really delicious, and very moist. Into Recipe Box it goes. Served with herbed wild rice with onion and bell pepper. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/04/2014
Other than having to take out of the oven in half the time directed, I did everything this recipe said to do but the end result was inedible. Rubber. I took a suggestion of putting the drumsticks on a rack rather than directly into the broth but even then the meat was boiled-like and not tasty at all. Wasn't a fan, sorry. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2014
tasted delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2016
This is the best way to cook turkey legs - period! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2016
perfect!. I use this recipe all the time. Parents get tired of chicken. My mother is in renal failure so I can not brine the legs but the rest i follow just like it's written. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2016
It turned out really well I followed the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2018
We didn t put it into a brine - don t want the sodium because of kidney failure. We sprayed the pan with cooking spray and then used canola oil instead of butter - healthier fats. Since we used 4 drumsticks we put in 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth. We cooked it in an electric fry pan at 375 F and it worked beautifully. It was done (170 F) in about 1 to 1-1/4 hours. During the last 15 minutes I added one can of light mushroom soup and it just made the broth a little creamier and a fantastic gravy. This is will be our go to recipe from now on. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2020
I am not the best of cooks, and my husband has the food preference of a 4 year old, but he loved this and it was so easy!!! Made exactly as the recipe stated (aside from adding a bit of paprika and onion powder to mine only) and found that 1.5 hours was good enough in my oven. Served with mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, and corn. Will definitely be making again! Read More