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turkey in creole sauce

Turkey in Creole Sauce or Dinde a l'Haitienne

Turkey in Creole Sauce or Dinde a l'Haitienne is simply turkey with a spicy tomato and onion sauce. This dish is very simple and very versatile.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 779 kcal


  • 5 lb turkey legs about 2 legs cut 0.5cm / 1/2"thick
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ cup Sour orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 scallions chopped - about 1/3 cup
  • 3 Green Seasoning Blend or Haitian Epis or Bouquet Garni (parsley, thyme, sage)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • water
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste - optional


To clean the turkey pieces

  • Squeeze lime, and set aside 2 tablespoons of the lime juice. With lime, pieces clean the meat by rubbing the pieces all over the meat and add the remaining juice lime also. Make sure the meat is thoroughly cleaned with lime pieces and juice. Rinse meat with cool water, pat dry and place in a bowl, and set aside.

To marinate

  • Mix lime juice, sour orange juice, chicken bouillon, garlic, cloves, mustard, hot pepper, and scallion in a bowl. Set aside.

To cook the turkey pieces

  • In a Dutch oven or heavy-duty pot, add turkey with marinade and bouquet garni, or add Green Seasoning/Haitian Epis. Cook the meat first with marinade on low heat. Once the water has almost evaporated, add water gradually (1/2 cup intervals – do not add more water than you need) until the meat is fully cooked.
  • Remove meat from the sauce and place in a baking dish, and broil in the oven for 10-15 minutes until brown.
  • In a saucepan, add oil and tomato paste. Cook tomato paste in oil, occasionally stirring, for 2-4 minutes. Add the turkey sauce without spices to tomato paste, stir, and add onions. Add additional water if needed. Let cook for 3 – 5, add turkey and let everything boil for another 10 – 12 minutes—additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.


    • The Turkey pieces are cooked with spices for more flavor, and water is added until the meat is tender. Once cooked, it is roasted in the oven for more color and added to an onion and tomato sauce.
    • Turkey in Creole Sauce or Dinde a l'Haitienne can be enjoyed with rice, grains, pasta, or boiled root vegetables.
    • Try to use fresh and not dried herbs as much as possible. The flavors will be unique.
Turkey in Creole Sauce is a very versatile dish. It can be served with rice and beans, carrot salad, and plantains.


Serving: 4gramsCalories: 779kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 94gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 334mgSodium: 485mgPotassium: 1535mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 574IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 178mgIron: 12mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword dinde en sauce, holiday turkey, turkey a l'haitienne, turkey meal
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