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Easy Roasted Turkey Thighs and Drumsticks

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This one pan Roasted Turkey Thighs and Drumsticks is perfect for a small gathering. Short on time? Feeding a small crew? In just a couple of hours you can put a delicious Thanksgiving dinner on the table. Mix and match a few of your favorite side dishes and you're all set!
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword roasted, sheet pan, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving recipe, turkey
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings 5 servings
Calories 895
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 turkey thighs about 3 pounds
  • 3 turkey drumsticks about 2½ pounds
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • poultry seasoning
  • 2 pounds baby Yukon gold potatoes cut in half


  • Preheat your oven to 350° and drizzle olive oil into the bottom of a roasting pan.
  • Pat the turkey thighs and drumsticks dry with paper towel.
  • Insert your finger under the neat the skin of all turkey pieces, gently separating the skin from the flesh. Rub softened butter underneath the skin and over top of each turkey piece.
  • Season with salt and pepper and place into your prepared roasting pan.
  • Sprinkle with poultry seasoning and cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Roast the turkey on the middle rack of your preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove foil, and using oven mitts, tip the roasting pan and baste the turkey pieces with the pan juices.
  • Add in the potato halves, baste, season with salt and pepper and continue to roast uncovered for 20 minutes. Totally 40 to 60 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the turkey is fully cooked and the skin is deliciously crisp and brown. I use an instant read thermometer and insert it into the thigh (avoiding the bone) to get an accurate temperature of 165°F.
  • Once roasted, remove the turkey thighs and drumsticks from the pan and place on a platter and scatter with potatoes. Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes or so tented under foil before serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 895kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 83g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 325mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 1878mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 8mg