Not cooking for a crowd this Thanksgiving? No problem, I’ve got you! These Roast Turkey Thighs for Two are a mouthwatering, tender turkey dinner without the hassle of roasting a whole bird!
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My mom does this thing every Thanksgiving. If it’s not her year to host, she has a second Thanksgiving with just us kids because she likes to have lots of leftovers.
This works out really nicely because A) two Thanksgivings = double the awesome food and B) extra leftovers. So it’s pretty much a win/win.
So last year, instead of making a gigantic turkey like she usually does, she opted to make a smaller turkey and also roast up some turkey thighs.
This proved to be a brilliant move on her part. We are all down with the light meat (J actually prefers it) the majority of us prefer the dark meat.
Those turkey thighs were so flavorful and tender. We all went pretty crazy over them! It was a second-Thanksgiving win, if ever there was one.
And now here we are, the holidays are coming up fast (as every major store started reminding us in August!) and I started dreaming of those juicy turkey thighs all over again.
So naturally, I did what I always do, I recreated them. My mom gave me some basic information and I got to work.
A little less than an hour later, I was thrilled to open my oven to find a couple of the most juicy, tender turkey thighs ever. They had just the right amount of seasoning and the most crispy, crackly skin on top.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a whole turkey. There’s something so thrilling and triumphant about pulling that perfectly browned bird from the oven and carving it up for your hungry, waiting family. But a whole turkey isn’t always appropriate or necessary. For example, there’s the problem of laziness. Don’t look at me like that, you know you have your moments. Not everyone wants to deal with the hassle of a whole bird.
Additionally, a whole turkey may be too much food if you’re not cooking for a crowd (Blasphemy, I know- there’s never too much food!!). That’s why I called this Roast Turkey Thighs for Two (see what I did there?).
This is a simple recipe that uses minimal ingredients to produce maximum results. The flavor is amazing, the meat is seriously tender and the skin has a delightful crunch. These can easily be thrown together in a cast iron skillet or your favorite baking dish.
This is special enough to make and serve for a holiday but simple enough for your usual Sunday or weeknight dinner. You can whip it up in an hour and it’s very easy to put together as well. Don’t you just love recipes that use simple ingredients that everyone has on hand?
Here are some great side dishes and desserts to help round out this meal:
Serves 1 turkey thigh
Roast Turkey Thighs for Two is one of my favorite turkey meat recipes. This easy and healthy turkey dish is a great option for tender roasted turkey with crispy skin and minimal dishes for you to wash! This includes simple directions for how to cook this dish- it makes a great alternative for Thanksgiving if you don't want to cook a whole turkey and is also great for other holiday dinners or simple weeknight dinners!
5 minPrep Time
1 hrCook Time
1 hr, 5 Total Time
- Olive oil
- One onion, thinly sliced
- Two turkey thighs
- Poultry seasoning
- 2 Tbsp. of butter
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Lightly drizzle a small amount of oil on the bottom of the pan.
- Spread the sliced onions into a layer on the bottom of the pan.
- Season the turkey thighs on each side with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning to taste (the poultry seasoning is strong so use a light hand with this).
- Cut each pat of butter into smaller cubes and place them on various spots all over the skin on each turkey thigh.
- Place the turkey thighs, skin side up, on top of the onions.
- Roast for 50 minutes-1 hour until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Remove them from the oven and let them rest in a foil tent for 10 minutes.
You can always cook more turkey thighs if you're looking to serve more people. Plan to adjust the cooking time and ingredients accordingly.
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