Recipe By Cooking Poetess
Published Mar 5th
Prep 15m Cook 1h 30m Additional 1h Ready In 2h 45m
Servings 4 servings Calories 378.5

Hearty turkey drumsticks are marinated and basted with a tangy orange marinade. This is great for leftovers, but also a fine way to enjoy turkey throughout the year!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained with liquid reserved
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 turkey drumsticks
  • salt to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a blender or food processor, mix the orange segments, vinegar, and brown sugar. Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag, and mix in the reserved mandarin orange liquid and oil. Place the turkey drumsticks in the bag, seal, and marinate in the refrigerator 1 hour.
  2. 2 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. 3 Place the marinated turkey drumsticks on the baking sheet, and season with salt.
  4. 4 Cover, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove cover, and continue baking 1 hour, basting often with the remaining orange mixture, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 378.5
  • Carbohydrate 10.7 g
  • Cholesterol 89.2 mg
  • Fat 20.5 g
  • Fiber 0.5 g
  • Protein 36.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.3 g
  • Sodium 397.4 mg
  • Sugar 10.1 g

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Chef's Notes

Leftover marinade may be heated and whisked with water and flour for a gravy-glaze.


  1. As I didn't have any mandarin oranges on hand, i used the OJ and marmalade substitute, as others recommended. As for the reviews that claim it was "bland", these are also the ones that left out the oil!! of course it was bland!! as with ANY marinade, it MUST have some form of fat... the - Read more ...
  2. WOW!!! We had these using large chicken legs. Used hand held blender to mix marinade. Baked them in uncovered stage for 90 mins. They looked delicious and they were very good. Give them a try you won't miss on this one.
  3. This recipe was very good. Instead of using turkey like the recipe calls for I used chicken legs and they tasted wonderful. The meat was very juicy tender and fell apart very nicely. No fighting to cut this one! I following other reviews added some orange juice to the recipe so the orange flavor resounded - Read more ...
  4. I substituted orange marmalade and orange juice instead of mandarin oranges to increase the orange flavor. Worked like a charm. Legs were flavorful and juicy.
  5. I was looking for a way to use up some turkey legs that I'd bought on a whim. I was really excited about this recipe. I was looking forward to it but I really feel like it fell flat. I read some of the other reviewers recipes where they stated that the orange flavour wasn't - Read more ...
  6. good but would have liked to taste more of the orange flavor in meat.
  7. We really enjoyed this recipe. I followes it exactly. When the legs were served I made sure everyone also added the wonderful sauce to their dish for dipping!
  8. I did these in my crockpot and didn't see the need to add any oil. Although the legs were very tender and surprisingly they did brown in the crockpot there was not a big orange flavor. I subbed orange juice for all of the oil and whipped everything up in the food processor. When I - Read more ...
  9. This was okay. I was disappointed because there was not a lot of flavor to the turkey even with marinating and basting. I would probably not make again. Sorry.