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Old 02-16-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
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Turkey Thighs

Hi I am a fairly inexpereinced cook and usually only use Chicken or Pork when cooking. However I have bought some Turkey Thighs to use in a stir fry and I am just wondering if it is safe to shallow fry or stir fry them?

If not what should I do with them bearing in mind that speed is an issue in this case?

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Old 02-16-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to DC

There's no reason you can't use turkey thighs in a stir-fry, or cooked in any number of ways. Just make sure the meat is cooked through. The most accurate way to do that is to get an instant-read thermometer.

For stir-fry, cut the meat into bite-size pieces about the same size as the other ingredients in your dish (I go for about 1"x1" squares or cubes). Stir-fry the meat, remove it to a plate, stir-fry the veggies, add sauce ingredients, stir till thickened, then add the meat back and heat through. This should cook it sufficiently.
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Old 02-16-2009, 12:51 PM   #3
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Treat turkey as you would chicken. It needs to be cooked thoroughly.
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Old 02-16-2009, 12:52 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot for the quick reply. I was hoping this would be the case, the stuff I got was diced anyway so I'll just make sure it is all in small enough chunks.

Should it take much longer than say frying diced chicken breast?
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Old 02-16-2009, 12:52 PM   #5
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Are you talking about the boneless skinless version or the regular bone-in thighs?

If you have the bone-in thighs, there will be nothing 'quick' about cooking them. They need low and slow cooking.

Boneless and skinless might work, but dark meat will cook slower than white meat. I have no direct experience with boneless turkey thighs however.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:03 PM   #6
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McNerd - the OP said the meat was off-the-bone & already diced up.

Ali - I cook with all sorts of different turkey products several times a week. It make take a "little" longer than diced chicken to cook - but not by much. I frequently use strips or dice of dark-meat turkey in stirfry dishes. While you're stirfrying, just pause for a second & cut one of the turkey pieces in half to see whether it's still pink or not. No pink? Done!! Enjoy!! Turkey parts are one of our favorite & most-used products here at Casa Breezy - lol!!
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:06 PM   #7
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Thanks again for your replies. I will make sure to cook it through so I don't poison any of my flat-mates .
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:33 PM   #8
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McNerd - the OP said the meat was off-the-bone & already diced up.
Yes, I became aware of that AFTER I responded to the first post.
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