Orangey Turkey Legs


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!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained with liquid reserved

  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 turkey drumsticks

  • salt to taste


  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).


Leftover marinade may be heated and whisked with water and flour for a gravy-glaze.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

379 Calories
21g Fat
11g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 379
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 26mg 132%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 428mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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