Japanese BBQ Turkey Thighs with Stir-Fried Turnips


My husband came home the other day with some French turkey thighs that he says he found at the American commissary.  Because he’s such a good husband and usually eats as he’s told (unless it’s l.i.v.e.r.) and it was apparent he thought the thighs would be good, I made them for him.  My inspiration came from this video for Japanese BBQ sauce that helped me to create a fabulous marinade for turkey thighs.

A little hungry while the turkey was marinating, I sliced some leftover goose breast http://cookinginsens.com/2013/01/17/balsamic-gansebrust-with-courgettes/, zapped it in the microwave for a few seconds and topped it with a little of the marinade for a quick snack to share with the spouse.  Mmm mmm, good!


I found these turnips at the farmer’s market.  You could eat them in a salad, so crisp and sweet!


Also perfect for a stir-fry.


The marinade I made was sort of a paste that I rubbed into both sides of the turkey thighs after stabbing them all over with a cooking fork.


Very nice meal.  The marinade is a keeper if I can remember correctly what I put into it 😀


Japanese BBQ Turkey Thighs with Stir-Fried Turnips

2 turkey thighs

1/4 onion

2 large garlic cloves

1 inch ginger

1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

2 birds’ tongue chillies

1 tbsp sake

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tbsp water

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

4 turnips, cut into irregular cubes

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, sliced

2 bay leaves

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

Stab the turkey thighs all over with a cooking fork and set aside.  In a food processor, finely mince the onion, garlic and ginger, then sweat in the sesame oil for about 5 minutes.  Add the chillies and sake, then cook for another minute.  Add the soy sauce and water, then cook for about 3 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Remove one tablespoon of the mixture and put into a separate bowl with 1 tsp sesame oil and 1 tbsp soy sauce and reserve for basting.  Rub the thighs with the remaining mixture and marinate for at least 4 hours.  Remove the thighs from the marinade and place in a roasting pan, skin side down, then roast for 30 minutes.  Turn the thighs skin side up, basting both sides and roast for an additional 30 minutes.  

Stir fry and brown the turnips in the olive oil, then add the garlic, bay leaves, vinegar, salt and pepper, then cover and steam for about 5 minutes.  Serve with slices of the turkey.

Wine suggestion:  Sake

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17 Responses to Japanese BBQ Turkey Thighs with Stir-Fried Turnips

  1. I love that idea. Baby turnips. caramelised, are great with duck too. I’m envious of those little pieces of goose breast.

  2. cecilia says:

    I love those turnips, i have one in the fridge but it is much bigger, not nearly as appetising.. c

  3. Wow, you are so creative Rosemary, love it that you can create a wonderful meal out of whatever comes your way. Inspiring stuff! The turkey looks fab, but I love the way the meal has come together as a whole.

  4. Mad Dog says:

    That sounds like a great sauce – i can’t believe you had any goose breast left – it looked very good 🙂

  5. Oooh. I do love your photos. Those turnips look fabulous.

    I finally got a new camera (no more Iphone photos!) and can only hope that I can get mine half as nice as your photos. It will take some work!

  6. Looks absolutely mouth watering and healthy too. 🙂

  7. Mary Frances says:

    Beautiful photographs! What a delicious looking meal.

  8. rsmacaalay says:

    The asian flavours on this dish will bring much life to that turkey.

  9. Just another delicious recipe, looks so yummy! Have a great week!

  10. simondsjr says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Simondsjr.

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