13 Leftover Turkey Recipes

13 Recipes for leftover turkey

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

13 Recipes for leftover turkey

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.

13 Leftover turkey recipes

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.

13 Leftover Turkey Recipes

13 Amazing Leftover Turkey Recipes:

      1. Chicken Pot Pie:

        I’ve made this chicken pot pie with chopped, cooked turkey many times. It’s usually the first thing I think of making when there’s leftover turkey to use up. It might be even better with turkey then it is with chicken!
        Chicken Pot Pie - This homemade, from scratch chicken pot pie is super easy to make. One of our favourite meals, this easy chicken pot pie is comfort food at it's finest!

      2. One Pot Turkey Mushroom Tortellini:

        This tortellini calls for ground turkey. Simply skip the browning step, and add cooked, chopped turkey instead.
        One Pot Turkey Mushroom Tortellini - Tender cheese tortellini in a creamy white sauce, this one pot turkey mushroom tortellini is a family favourite - plus it's ready in 30 minutes!

      3. 30 Minute Chicken Noodle Soup:

        I make this soup every time I have turkey leftovers – just as good, if not better then chicken noodle soup.
        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!

      4. Buffalo Chicken Pizza:

        This pizza is definitely a favourite – it calls for cooked, shredded chicken, so chopped turkey works well here too!
        Buffalo Chicken Pizza - This buffalo chicken pizza is our favourite for pizza night - easy to make and so full of flavour, if you love buffalo chicken you will love this pizza!

      5. Chicken Corn Chowder:

        This soup is amazing with turkey instead of chicken. One of our favourite soup recipes.
        Chicken Corn Chowder

      6. Thai Chicken and Vegetable Soup:

        Soup recipes that use chicken are typically good with turkey too. This Thai chicken and vegetable soup is fantastic and would be great with turkey as well.
        Thai Chicken and Vegetable Soup - Easy to make and ready in 30 minutes, this Thai chicken and vegetable soup is the perfect dinner! #30MinuteThursday

      7. Creamy One Pot Turkey and Rice:

        This one pot meal that uses leftover turkey is a reader favourite. So easy, and so tasty, it’s the perfect leftover meal!
        Creamy One Pot Turkey and Rice - An easy 30 minute meal that can use up some leftover turkey or chicken and is made all in one pot!

      8. Chicken Pot Pie Soup:

        This soup might be even better with turkey than it is with chicken. And I love it with chicken.
        This chicken pot pie soup is thick and creamy (without any cream!) and ready to eat in 30 minutes - a great way to use up chicken (or turkey) leftovers!

      9. Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup:

        This chicken taco soup is fast and easy to make – replace the chicken breast with about 3 cups of cooked, chopped turkey.
        Instant Pot or slow cooker chicken taco soup - the easiest soup to toss together, and so full of flavour. The whole family will love it!

      10. Buffalo Chicken Pizza Rolls :

        These great pizza rolls freeze well and taste fantastic. Replace the chopped cooked chicken with chopped turkey.This buffalo chicken pizza rolls recipe is so easy to make. It's the perfect easy dinner, game day snack, or make ahead lunch!

      11. Greek Pasta Salad:

        Add some chopped turkey to this pasta salad to make it a full meal.
        This Greek pasta salad is the perfect side dish - quick and easy to make and everyone loves it! Add protein like chicken or shrimp to make it a full meal!

      12. Pesto Chicken Pull Apart Sliders:

        These little sandwiches take just minutes to put together, and are SO tasty. Just as good with turkey as they are with chicken!
        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!

      13. Peanut Chicken Stir Fry:

        Skip the cooking step for the chicken, and instead toss in some cooked, chopped turkey at the end, just long enough to heat it through. Super fast and easy meal that everyone will love.
        A quick and easy weeknight meal, this peanut chicken stir fry is filled with veggies and an amazing homemade peanut sauce - plus it's ready in 30 minutes!

  1. Mimi says:

    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!

  2. Sunshine Sunflower says:

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

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