How to Oven Roast Turkey Drumsticks

by Pamela Martin

Items you will need

  • Turkey drumsticks
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Dried sage (optional)
  • Garlic powder (optional)
  • Roasting rack or baking cooling rack
  • Roaster pan
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Orange juice
  • Basting brush

Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving anymore, now that people are becoming familiar with the benefits of including it in a healthy diet. A good source of protein and amino acid tryptophan, turkey drumsticks are a canvas on which the creative cook can experiment to make new taste treats.

Simple Roasted Drumsticks

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

Remove the skin from the drumsticks.

Step 3

Add salt and pepper to taste. About 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. per drumstick will be sufficient for most people.

Step 4

Add sage and garlic powder or other herbs and spices, as desired.

Step 5

Spray the roasting rack and pan with cooking spray. Place the rack in the pan.

Step 6

Add the drumsticks to the rack. You can also add vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, celery or onions, if desired. If you add the vegetables, pour about 1/2 cup of water or broth in the bottom of the pan to prevent burning.

Step 7

Cover the pan and place it in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the cover and return the pan to the oven for 10 minutes or until the drumsticks are golden brown.

Glazed Drumsticks

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

Remove the skin from the drumsticks.

Step 3

Spray the roasting rack and pan with cooking spray. Place the rack in the pan.

Step 4

Add the drumsticks to the rack and cover the pan. Place it in the oven for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Mix the cranberry sauce with orange juice to bring it to the consistency of heavy cream.

Step 6

Remove the pan from the oven and uncover it. Brush the drumsticks with the glaze mixture. Return the pan, uncovered, to the oven for 10 minutes.

Step 7

Remove the pan from the oven and turn the drumsticks over. Brush them with more glaze. Return the pan to the oven for a final 10 minutes.

Tips

  • Removing the skin allows the seasonings and glaze to reach the meat, providing more flavor through the entire drumstick. You may leave the skin on during cooking, although you may need to trim it some.

    You may substitute your favorite herbs or spices for the sage and garlic powder.

    Substitute pineapple juice for the orange in the glaze. You may also use other jellies in place of the cranberry sauce.

    You may rub the rack and pan with cooking oil instead of using the spray.

Warnings

  • Look for clear juices when you puncture the meat with a fork to be certain the drumsticks are cooked thoroughly.

Photo Credits

  • Eleanore Morales/Demand Media

About the Author

Pamela Martin has been writing since 1979. She has written newsletter articles and curricula-related materials. She also writes about teaching and crafts. Martin was an American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching in elementary education from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in curriculum/instruction from the University of Missouri.