Ingredient Name: Turkey leg, turkey thigh

Chinese Name: 火雞腿 (huǒ jī tuǐ)

A great and sometimes different meat for your soups.  I often use them frozen (stored in my freezer for a few months) and on a rainy day when I can’t get myself to the market.  Turkey meat is not as common in Asia, but in North America, you can buy them by the bulk at your local supermarket.  I love it when the meat is boil to the point of being soft and can be removed and eaten as part of your soup (dipped in a little bit of soy).

What is this?
  • The leg/thigh portion of a large domestic bird that is larger than the chicken
  • Turkey legs look like chicken legs (or drumsticks) but are larger in size
  • It is often consumed during Christmas in many parts of the world and for Thanksgiving in North America
  • Turkey legs can be found both frozen and fresh in various supermarkets
  • Turkey meat is also found in forms of turkey bacon and sausages

How do I prepare it?

  • Wash the legs in warm water
  • Can be used directly in soups as a whole leg

Where can I buy this?

  • Available in most western supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • On average, turkey legs can cost around $1-2 CAD dollars per pound and varies on type, breed and availability of the meat

Any benefits?

  • Excellent source of carbohydrates and protein
  • Good source of Vitamin B

Any precautions?

  • Dark meat is known to have more fat than white meat (and therefore not as healthy) – simply use an oil remover

Any substitutes?

  • Chicken thighs are an ideal substitute for turkey legs/thighs
  • any other part of the chicken
  • any other part of the turkey

Additional Information?

  • Frozen turkey legs can be kept and used within 4-6 months