Turkey thighs are an affordable, flavorful cut of meat that can be prepared in a variety of ways. With the right technique, you can end up with delicious turkey thighs every time at home. So, in this article, I will instruct you how to cook turkey thighs in 3 different ways

1. How To Cook Turkey Thighs in Oven


  • 2 bone-in, skin-on turkey thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp softened butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


Preheat your oven to 375°F.

Pat the turkey thighs dry with paper towels. Brush or rub the thighs all over with softened butter.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Generously season both sides of the thighs with the spice mixture.

Place the turkey thighs skin-side up on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

Roast for 45-60 minutes, until the thighs reach an internal temperature of 175°F at the thickest part.

Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Crispy turkey skin should peel right off the meat.

2. How To Cook Turkey Thighs in Air Fryer


  • 2 bone-in, skin-on turkey thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt


Preheat air fryer to 380°F. Meanwhile, pat turkey thighs dry and brush all over with olive oil.

Mix garlic powder, paprika and salt in a small bowl. Then season thighs evenly with spice mix.

Next, place seasoned turkey thighs in fryer basket in single layer. Air fry 14-16 minutes, flipping halfway through, until 165°F internally.

Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

3. How To Cook Turkey Thighs on Stovetop


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on turkey thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt & 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Chopped parsley


Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Pat thighs dry and season with salt and pepper. Add to skillet skin-side down. Cook 5-6 minutes until browned. Turn thighs and cook 3-4 more minutes. Transfer to plate.

Add onion to skillet and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.

Whisk in chicken broth, tomato paste and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook 10 minutes.

Mix flour with 2 tbsp water. Add to skillet while whisking. Cook until sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes.

Return turkey thighs to skillet, simmering in sauce for 5 more minutes.

Remove from heat, garnish with parsley, and serve thighs with sauce spooned over the top.

4. Tips To Cook Turkey Thighs Perfectly

Brining for Enhanced Flavor and Moisture

Consider brining your turkey thighs for a few hours before cooking. Brining involves soaking the meat in a mixture of water, salt, sugar, and various seasonings. This process not only adds flavor but also ensures that the meat remains moist and tender after cooking. You can experiment with different brine recipes to create a unique flavor profile.

Use a Meat Thermometer for Precision

To achieve perfectly cooked turkey thighs every time, invest in a reliable meat thermometer. Insert it into the thickest part of the thigh, avoiding bone, to ensure an accurate reading. An internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) is the ideal target for safely cooked turkey thighs. Once temperature is reached, remove from heat immediately to prevent drying out.

Resting Time Is Key

Allow your turkey thighs to rest after cooking. This step is crucial as it allows the juices within the meat to redistribute, ensuring a moist and flavorful result. Cover the thighs loosely with foil and let them rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.

With the instructions and tips shared in this article, I hope that you’ll be able to cook turkey thighs with confidence and flair at home. If there is any part that is still difficult to understand, you can read it again or comment below and I will answer.

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Jarrett Stieber

Discover mouthwatering recipes, how to cook basic, and knowledge to know when cooking with Jarrett Stieber on the website Eat Me Speak Me. I'm a chef with over 10 years of experience and is famous in Atlanta.

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