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13 Leftover Turkey Recipes

13 Leftover Turkey Recipes

13 leftover turkey recipes to use up that leftover turkey after the big meal. Great recipes to make turkey leftovers into more great meals!

These easy to make, pesto chicken pull apart sliders are the perfect quick and easy dinner - and the leftover sliders are amazing for lunch the next day!

The big turkey dinner is one of my favourite meals. And I know I’m not alone there. It’s probably just because we don’t have that giant meal very often, only a couple times a year usually, which makes it such a favourite.

But does everyone get just as excited for the turkey leftovers?

I have to admit that I do.

Now maybe it’s because I’m the cook at my house, but I’m perfectly happy just have turkey sandwiches and reheated turkey dinner until all the turkey leftovers are gone. The rest of my family doesn’t get quite as excited for this plan as I do though.

30 Minute Chicken Noodle Soup - This 30 minute chicken noodle soup is perfect with either chicken or turkey, is super fast and easy to make, and will be a family favourite for sure!

They like the leftover meal once, sandwiches once, and then they’re kind of done with the turkey.

Which is unfortunate, because there’s definitely still a lot of turkey left at that point. I may have a problem with always buying the biggest turkey I can find. What can I say? It’s no more effort to cook a big turkey so why not?

But, since no one is happy eating sandwiches for at least a week, I’ve had to start coming up with “new” meals to use the turkey leftovers in. This way my job is easier – cooking is so fast when your meat is already cooked and ready to use – and everyone in the house is happy because it’s not a “leftover” meal again.

Since I know everyone else is looking for ways to use up that turkey too, I’ve rounded up 13 of our favourite leftover turkey recipes for you.

Most of these leftover turkey recipes are written for chicken – simply replace the chicken with cooked, chopped turkey and you’re good to go. If the recipe calls for cooking the chicken, you can obviously skip that step. A couple of these call for ground chicken or turkey – skip the cooking step and use chopped, cooked turkey instead – it will turn out great this way as well.

This buffalo chicken pizza rolls recipe is so easy to make. It's the perfect easy dinner, game day snack, or make ahead lunch!

13 Leftover Turkey Recipes

13 recipes to use that leftover turkey in so you don't have to eat turkey dinner more times than you'd like in order to get rid of it all!

BETTY moore

Thursday 27th of December 2018

I can't get the recipe for chicken pull apart sliders'


Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

So sorry for the late response here, I've been taking some time off to spend with family over the holidays! Here's the link:, and I've updated it in the post too. So sorry that wasn't in there properly for you!


Thursday 27th of December 2018

All great ideas! I decided to cook a turkey on New Year’s Day, so I’ll keep these ideas on hand. There are only two of us now, but leftovers are always welcome!

Sunshine Sunflower

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

Just made the Creamy One Pot Turkey and Rice. It was outstanding! It will feed 6 because everyone will want seconds.


Wednesday 2nd of January 2019

So glad you liked it!