How to Cook Smothered Turkey Wings

by Sarah Bourque

Smothered turkey wings are a soul food classic. The turkey wings are roasted until the skin is a crispy golden brown, then smothered in a flavorful gravy spiked with celery and onions. Consider yourself lucky if you live by a soul food restaurant that serves this dish. If not, you can easily make smothered turkey wings at home. Whether serving on a special occasion or just as a mid-week dinner, your family will love this comforting dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash turkey wings under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Place turkey wings in a large baking pan.

Combine softened butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and poultry seasoning in a small bowl. Mix well. Distribute seasoned butter evenly over turkey wings. Massage butter mixture into turkey wings until thoroughly coated.

Bake wings in oven, about 45 minutes to one hour, or when turkey skin is brown and crispy. Check at 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Drain fat from pan. Set aside.

Melt butter in a large saucepan. Saute onions and celery in butter until tender, about five minutes. Add flour 1 tbsp. at a time, stirring to incorporate after each addition. Cook and stir five minutes, or until light brown and bubbly. Slowly add stock or broth, whisking after each addition until all is incorporated and there are no visible lumps. Whisk in milk.

Pour sauce over turkey wings and return to hot oven. Bake for one more hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until turkey legs are tender.


  • Serve smothered turkey wings with hot white rice, corn bread, collard greens and macaroni and cheese.

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  • Carrie Anne Gonzalez,Partner Carrie Weston Studios/Demand Media

About the Author

Sarah Bourque has been a freelance writer since 2006 and is based in the Pacific Northwest. She writes and edits for the local publisher, Pacific Crest Imprint and has written for several online content sites. Her work recently appeared in "The Goldendale Tourism and Economic Development Magazine" and "Sail the Gorge!" magazine. She attended Portland Community College where she studied psychology.