Keto Thanksgiving Butter Basted Turkey Thigh

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  • prep time

    prep time

    10 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    2 h 0 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    2 h 10 min

Keto Thanksgiving Butter Basted Turkey Thigh

If a whole turkey for Thanksgiving is too much for your small family dinner, this recipe is the perfect addition to your Keto Thanksgiving menu. A large turkey joint is basted with a savory herb and garlic butter and cooked until golden and juicy. This easy main dish will pair well with just about any Thanksgiving side dish.

What turkey part can you use for this recipe?

For this recipe, we have used a large bone-in, skin-on turkey leg with the thigh attached. You can use separate thighs and legs or a whole crown. But most importantly, use bone-in and skin-on for ultimate flavor and juiciness.

How many servings does this Keto Thanksgiving turkey serve?

The number of servings depends on the size and weight of the turkey joint. We have used a large 1.5 kg (3 lbs) thigh, which would generously serve 4 people. You can use 2 or 3 joints to serve more people.

How to customize this recipe?

The flavor of this butter and herb-basted turkey is out of this world, but feel free to customize it to your liking. You can swap the butter for ghee or vegan butter, the garlic for onion or ginger, and the parsley and thyme for summer savory, coriander, or rosemary. Add lemon slices and fresh vegetables to the baking sheet with the meat to absorb the delicious juices.

What to do with turkey leftovers?

It's pretty common to have leftovers if you've prepared many Keto Thanksgiving recipes. Shred the leftover meat and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can add the shredded turkey to stews, salads, soups, or casseroles.

Can you use frozen turkey?

If you purchase frozen turkey legs and thighs, they must be fully thawed and at room temperature before attempting this recipe.

  • Net Carbs

    1.3 g

  • Fiber

    0.4 g

  • Total Carbs

    1.7 g

  • Protein

    71.6 g

  • Fats

    47.4 g

713 cals

Keto Thanksgiving Butter Basted Turkey Thigh

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Ingredients

  • Turkey Leg and Thigh Raw Bone In Skin On

    Turkey Leg and Thigh Raw Bone In Skin On

    1 serving

  • Butter

    Butter

    0.5 cup

  • Thyme Fresh Or Raw Herb

    Thyme Fresh Or Raw Herb

    1 tbsp

  • Parsley

    Parsley

    3 tbsp, chopped

  • Garlic

    Garlic

    4 clove

  • Salt

    Salt

    1 tsp

  • Black pepper

    Black pepper

    1 tsp

Recipe Steps

steps 4

2 h 10 min

  • Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 350F/180 C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Finely chop the thyme and parsley and mince the garlic cloves. Add them to a bowl with the softened butter, salt, and pepper.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Whisk together until the herbs and seasonings are well incorporated into the butter. Massage the compound butter into the turkey leg, getting it under the skin if you can. Transfer the butter-slathered turkey to the baking sheet.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Cover the baking sheet with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and baste the turkey with the melted butter and juices, then return to the oven. Repeat this every 15-minutes for the next hour. Leave the foil off for the last 15 minutes.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes before handling. Transfer it to a serving platter and spoon over some of the butter and herbs. Garnish with more parsley and thyme if you wish, and serve.
    Step 4

Comments 2

  • 102ozP(Maintain15Dec2022)

    102ozP(Maintain15Dec2022) a year ago

    3/8 serving is probably about 4 or 5 oz

    • LizPepper

      LizPepper a year ago

      This was really delicious. Mine didn't turn out reddish as the picture. It too about 2 hours to cook on high. Next time, I'll use the slow-cooker. I added carrots, celery and red onions around the meat as it baked. Delicious.