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Braised Turkey Legs

Braised Turkey with Carrots

Tried and true moist turkey recipe without any sweating over a hot oven. This easy turkey recipe is perfect for the holidays!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy thanksgiving recipe, easy turkey recipe, holiday turkey, stove top thanksgiving turkey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 servings
Calories 334 kcal
Author Samantha


  • 1.5 lbs turkey drumsticks, skin-on, bone-in two pieces
  • 2 lbs turkey thighs, skin-on, bone-in two pieces
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, such as canola or grapeseed
  • 1 medium yellow (cooking) onion
  • 2 large leeks, whites and pale green parts only, chopped
  • 6 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1.5 cups dry white wine
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, 4 sprigs plus 1/2 cup chopped leaves (divided)
  • 2 sprigs sage
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth, low sodium preferred
  • 8 small carrots, tops trimmed and carrots halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives, optional


  1. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Working in batches, cook turning the turkey occasionally, until browned on all sides, 15-20 minutes per batch. Transfer to a large plate.

  2. Add onion, leeks, celery, and garlic to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5-8 minutes. Add wine, parsley and thyme and sage sprigs; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half, 8-10 minutes.

  3. Return turkey to pot and add broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer until meat is tender and cooked through and liquid is reduced by half, 2.5-3 hours.

  4. Add carrots and cook uncovered until carrots are soft and meat is falling off the bone, 35-45 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

  5. Transfer turkey and carrots to a platter. Top with chives and the 1/4 cup of chopped parsley.

  6. Strain sauce; serve along side.

Nutrition Facts
Braised Turkey with Carrots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 755mg33%
Potassium 759mg22%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 7611IU152%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.