Turkey Hindquarters Recipes

Turkey Hindquarters Recipes

Citrus-Glazed Turkey Hindquarters with Mediterranean Herbs


  • 2 turkey hindquarters (drumsticks and thighs), approximately 1.5-2 kilograms
  • 45 millilitres (3 tablespoons) olive oil
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 10 grams (2 teaspoons) dried oregano
  • 10 grams (2 teaspoons) dried thyme
  • 10 grams (2 teaspoons) dried rosemary
  • 5 grams (1 teaspoon) smoked paprika
  • 5 grams (1 teaspoon) ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 240 millilitres (1 cup) chicken or turkey broth
  • 120 millilitres (1/2 cup) white wine (optional)


  1. Preheat the Citrus-Infused Oven: Preheat your oven to 175°C.

  2. Prepare the Turkey Hindquarters:

    • Rinse the turkey hindquarters under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  3. Create the Citrus-Herb Fusion:

    • In a bowl, combine olive oil, orange zest, lemon juice, dried oregano, thyme, rosemary, smoked paprika, ground coriander, salt, and pepper. Mix to form a vibrant citrus-herb marinade.
  4. Marinate with Mediterranean Flair:

    • Rub the turkey hindquarters with the citrus-herb marinade, ensuring every nook and cranny is coated with the aromatic blend. Allow the turkey to marinate for at least 30 minutes to absorb the flavours.
  5. Set the Stage with Broth and Wine:

    • Place a roasting rack in a pan. Pour chicken or turkey broth into the pan. Optionally, add white wine to elevate the flavour profile.
  6. Roast with Citrus Brilliance:

    • Position the marinated turkey hindquarters on the roasting rack.
    • Roast in the preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes per kilogram, or until the internal temperature reaches a safe 74°C.
    • Baste the turkey intermittently with pan juices, infusing it with the vibrant citrus notes.
  7. Confirm Perfect Harmony:

    • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the turkey hindquarters have reached the desired internal temperature.
  8. Rest and Reflect:

    • Allow the turkey hindquarters to rest for at least 15 minutes, letting the citrus-infused juices harmonize with the succulent meat.
  9. Serve with Mediterranean Flare:

    • Carve the turkey hindquarters into inviting portions, showcasing the succulence of the citrus-glazed masterpiece.
    • Arrange on a platter and serve alongside Mediterranean-inspired sides for a uniquely flavorful and memorable feast.

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary fusion of citrus brightness and Mediterranean herbs, as this unique recipe transforms turkey hindquarters into a culinary masterpiece that tantalizes the taste buds with each juicy and aromatic bite.

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