Slow Cooked Turkey Leg with Honey Glaze & Garlic

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Slow Cooked Turkey Leg with Honey Glaze & Garlic
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If you feel like eating Thanksgiving dinner anytime, this slow-roasted turkey leg looks after itself and will quickly become a favorite! Serve with sauteed herbed potatoes. Absolutely delicious!

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Ingredients list for the Slow Cooked Turkey Leg

  • 2 lbs (900g) turkey leg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha, or 1 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)
  • 8-10 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2/3 cup (150ml) chicken stock

Slow Cooker Turkey Legs recipePhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com

Slow Cooked Turkey Leg with Honey Glaze & GarlicPhoto credit: © Eatwell101.com


1. To make the slow-cooked turkey leg: Preheat your oven to 370°F (190°C). Season turkey leg with salt and pepper. Heat a heavy-bottomed, oven-proof casserole with oil over high heat, brown the leg for 3 minutes on each side. Then add onions, garlic, Sriracha, honey, and thyme; cook for 2 minutes stirring gently, and deglaze with chicken stock. Add the bay leaves.

2. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for 4-5 hours at 370°F (190°C)—or lower 305°F (150°C) for 6-8 hours. Baste regularly with the cooking juices. At the end of cooking, adjust seasoning if needed but there should be enough salt given the chicken stock is reduced.

3. When the turkey meat falls apart easily, transfer to a serving platter and shred with two forks. Enjoy the slow-cooked turkey leg on sandwiches, with a baked potato, white rice, or however else you want to enjoy it.

Tips for the slow-roasted turkey recipe

  • Turkey leftovers should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • You can slow-cook this turkey leg in your crockpot: brown the turkey leg as per the recipe, then transfer everything to your slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

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  • Barbara

    2022-02-26 16:36:12

    Delicious. I did have an issue with the oven temperature. I wanted to cook it for a long time to reduce the problem with the leg tendons. I've found they disappear after a very slow cook. It may be my oven, but the vegetables were almost to the point of burning and the legs fell apart. But my cooking time was 2-3 hours. I put the pot into the oven at 370 degrees and lowered it to 305 degrees. I'll either use the slow cooker or reduce my heat from 305 degrees. The dish was still excellent.

  • Anonymous

    2021-12-29 20:39:49

    I don't usually leave comments on recipe sites. This was amazing. I could not believe how the simple ingredients came together to make something so delicious. I browned it in the skillet first (and added all ingredients in the skillet), then transferred it to corningware and baked it at 350 in the gas oven for about 3 hours. More and higher temp would have been too much - I suggest checking it to see when the liquid is really reducing and you're getting some of that good dark-colored caramelization on the meat. I will do this again. Forever. Thank you!

  • Lexie

    2021-12-27 02:05:32

    Very yum. I thought the amount of honey was just right. But everyone is different. Like others I thought the oven temp of 190 degrees sounded way too high so I reduced it to 170. Cooked perfectly over four hours.

  • Claire

    2021-11-06 09:08:08

    A really simple to prepare recipe that is super tasty.

  • phyllis

    2021-10-08 14:01:43

    This looks delicious. Do you know if it would work with smoked turkey legs? I would imagine that the cook time would be less since it is smoked.

  • Maja

    2021-04-15 04:35:43


  • Jacquie

    2021-01-24 06:43:53

    Did you really cook it for 4-5 hours at such a high temperature? This doesn't sound like a slow cook recipe. I want to try it but think it will dry out?

  • Katy

    2020-12-01 08:09:32

    I found the honey too sweet despite reducing the amount. I will try the recipe again leaving the honey out. I might like it then.

  • Katy

    2020-12-01 04:30:10

    I tried this recipe using the slow cooker. I reduced the honey but it was still too much. I had to drain off the juice . I’ll add a little more stock in the hope of diluting the sweetness. . I’ll try it again without honey & I think it will be ok.

  • Ing

    2020-11-27 19:35:18

    The most amazing turkey leg I’ve ever cooked. Thank you for the recipe!!

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