Turkey Thighs in Sweet Cherry Sauce

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turkey thighs in sweet cherry sauce

Turkey thighs in sweet cherry sauce is an elegant way to serve turkey, Thanksgiving or all year round. 

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless turkey thighs
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup broth
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup red currant jelly
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 (14-ounce) can dark, sweet-pitted cherries, drained
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped


1. Cut boneless, skinless thigh meat into 4 equal portions. Set aside.

2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add turkey and cook until well browned (approx. 8-10 minutes). Remove meat to a plate and set aside. 

3. Add onions to pan and saute until softened. 

4. Add garlic, thyme, orange juice, broth and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil and return turkey to pan. Lower heat and simmer covered for 1 hour.

5. Add jelly and orange rind. Stir and cook for 10 minutes. 

6. Remove turkey to a warmed serving plate. Add cherries to sauce.

7. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Add to sauce, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.

8. Pour sauce over turkey and sprinkle with parsley.


This recipe can be doubled or tripled.