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!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Place the marinated turkey drumsticks on the baking sheet, and season with salt.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

379 calories; protein 36.8g 74% DV; carbohydrates 10.7g 4% DV; fat 20.5g 32% DV; cholesterol 89.2mg 30% DV; sodium 397.4mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (14)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2010
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/03/2006
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 subbed orange juice for all of the oil and whipped everything up in the food processor. When I tasted it there was not much orange flavor very bland. I added 3 cloves of crushed garlic to the marinade. The meat was tender but that's about it. Read More
(13)
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2010
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. Read More
(24)
Rating: 3 stars
06/03/2006
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 subbed orange juice for all of the oil and whipped everything up in the food processor. When I tasted it there was not much orange flavor very bland. I added 3 cloves of crushed garlic to the marinade. The meat was tender but that's about it. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2012
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 the oil!! of course it was bland!! as with ANY marinade it MUST have some form of fat... the fat is what carries the FLAVOR! you mustn't change a recipe then claim the recipe is no good. Mine came out spectacularly. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/25/2004
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2012
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 you won't miss on this one. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2008
good but would have liked to taste more of the orange flavor in meat. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/22/2010
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 some of the other reviewers recipes where they stated that the orange flavour wasn't terribly obvious. To try and circumvent this I added some apricot/mandarin jam. Even with this addition... it was still lacklustre. The other reviewers were right though. The meat was very moist. I liked that about this recipe. I think that the natural flavors of the dark turkey meat really overpowered the delicacy of the mandarins. I think that this marinade would be more appropriate with chicken or even white turkey meat. I may try again with this change as the marinade is quite good but chances are I will not make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2012
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 fighting to cut this one! I following other reviews added some orange juice to the recipe so the orange flavor resounded a little better. I believe that adding extract of orange would make the taste more prominent. The only reason I did not give this five stars is because the orange flavor did lack a little. I would highly suggest adding lots more orange to it. However even though the orange lacked a little the family all had second helpings and loved the recipe. This is well worth the frequent basting. Read More
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