Air Fryer Turkey Thighs with Smoked Oyster Stuffing

Turkey Thighs stuffed with smoked oyster cornbread dressing and roasted to perfection in an air fryer. Great for a small family Thanksgiving.
Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs

Air Fryer Turkey Thighs with Smoked Oyster Cornbread Stuffing

Turkey Thighs stuffed with smoked oyster cornbread dressing and roasted to perfection in an air fryer. They are great if you don’t want a breast or a whole turkey.

When you don’t want to serve a whole turkey, and you don’t want or like the breast of turkey, these thighs are a perfect choice. They are flattened, stuffed with smoked oyster cornbread stuffing, and roasted in an air fryer.

Smoked Oyster Cornbread Stuffing

This recipe borrows a little bit from my traditional Oyster Cornbread Dressing that my grandmother used to make.

This time, it’s a little fancier with smoked oysters. Since oysters are another seafood that should only be eaten in months with an R in them, you might now always be able to get fresh oysters. Well, the smoked, canned variety work just as nicely. Oysters don’t give a fishy flavor to the dressing, just a little extra umami. I prefer Crown Prince Smoked Oysters, usually available at your local supermarket.

You might want to buy a few cans of these oysters to make Smoked Oyster Stew as a starter for your meal. Of course, you could snag a couple for your cook’s treat, too.

Prepping the Turkey Thighs

Turkey thighs have all kinds of nooks and crannies where the bone used to be. They are also pretty thick. The best way to ensure even cooking is to flatten it. I use a meat hammer, but you could use a heavy cast-iron skillet or any heavy pot if you don’t have one. Please do not use a regular hammer because it is bound to make holes no matter how careful you are. Instead, put the turkey down on the counter, skin side down, then cover the flesh with plastic wrap and start pounding them until they are pretty much evenly high.

Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs

Air Fryer Turkey Thighs with Smoked Oyster Cornbread Stuffing

Turkey Thighs stuffed with smoked oyster cornbread dressing and roasted to perfection in an air fryer. Great for a small family Thanksgiving.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Moderate
Newsletter: 2021-10-31
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Calories: 670kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Turkey thighs, boned

~~ -- Stuffing -- ~~

~~ -- Injection -- ~~

  • 2 tablespoon Butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • ¼ cup White wine

~~ -- Rub -- ~~

Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.

Instructions

  • Mis en place
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs

Prepare the Thighs

  • Put the Turkey thighs skin-side down on a cutting board. Cover them with plastic.
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
  • Pound the thighs with a mallet.
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
  • Pound them until they are about an even height. Set them aside.

Prepare the dressing

  • Mise en place for the stuffing
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
  • Melt the stick of butter in a large saute pan. Add the onions, bell pepper, and celery and saute until the onion is translucent and the celery has softened.
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
  • Put the chicken base, cayenne, and poultry seasoning in a heat-proof measuring cup. Boil the water and add it to the chicken base. Stir it completely. Set it aside.
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
  • Put the stuffing mix into the stand mixer add the chicken base texture, the vegetables, and the smoked oysters. Mix to combine.

Make the injection

  • Melt the butter. Put the butter in the measuring cup. Add the herbs de Provence and the white wine. Set it aside.
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs

Make the rub

  • Mix butter and poultry seasoning together set it aside.

Stuff the thighs

  • Lay the thigh skin-side down. Put about a quarter of a cup of stuffing in each thigh. Put the rest of the stuffing in a baking dish to cook separately. Pull the sides of the thighs up to cover the filling, then turn them over, skin-side up in the glass pan.
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
  • Fill the injection needle. Stab the thigh and inject the liquid. Do this repeatedly until you run out of injection.
  • Using your hands, put the rub on the thighs and rub it in nicely.
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
  • Sprinkle them with their Northwoods Seasoning.
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
  • Put them in the air fryer at 380°F / 193°C for 30 minutes or until they reach 160°F / 71°C degrees. Remove them from the air fryer and let them rest for 10 minutes before carving.
    Air Fryer Stuffed Turkey Thighs
  • Enjoy!

Notes

You can use bone-in thighs as well.  You can use a sharp boning knife to cut around the bone and lift it out.  Save it to make broth!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Turkey Thighs with Smoked Oyster Cornbread Stuffing
Amount Per Serving (405 g)
Calories 670 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 168mg56%
Sodium 1312mg57%
Potassium 571mg16%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 24g48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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