Hearty Braised Turkey Thighs

Hearty Braised Turkey Thighs
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 150
  • Servings: 4

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1/2 cup (125 mL) Flour
Salt and pepper
4 Maple Leaf Prime® Turkey Thighs
4 tbsp (60 mL) Vegetable oil
1 Onion, chopped
1 Stalk celery, chopped
1 Large carrot, chopped
2 Beets, peeled and chopped
3 Cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 Sprig thyme
1 Sprig rosemary
1 Star anise
1 Cinnamon stick
1/2 cup (125 mL) Red wine
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Chicken broth
1 tbsp (15 mL) Cocoa powder
1 tbsp (15 mL) Brown sugar


PREHEAT oven to 350°F (180°C).

SEASON flour generously with salt and pepper and place in a shallow bowl. Dust each turkey thigh with flour.

HEAT 2 tbsp (30 mL) of oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add turkey thighs and sear for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and transfer to a plate. Set aside.

HEAT the remaining oil in the same Dutch oven. Add onions, celery, carrots, beets and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and fragrant. Add wine and broth then add all of the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half. Nestle the turkey thighs back into the pot; cover and transfer to the preheated oven for 1 ½ -2 hours or until the turkey is very tender and pulls easily away from the bone. Serve with mash potatoes and your favourite vegetables.


Can be made in a slow cooker – 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 on low.

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