Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

Let this leftover turkey wild rice casserole come to the rescue! Combine Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers with wild rice and other ingredients to make this leftover turkey casserole recipe. It is so easy to combine leftover turkey or a turkey breast to make this instant pot wild rice recipe that everyone will love.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. It is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers.

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Let’s face it, the refrigerator is stuffed to capacity during the holidays. That means before, during and after! If you have a lot of leftovers following a big feast, you might be looking for something like this Instant Pot wild rice with leftover turkey or a turkey breast.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. It is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers.

Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole Ingredients

This tasty leftover turkey casserole recipe is so flavourful. Although a lot of the recipe ingredients can be swapped according to your palate and what you have, these are the main ones.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. It is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers.

Garlic, onion, celery, carrots, and corn add plenty of nutrients to this casserole. Butter, chicken broth, lentils, stuffing (such as Stove Top or homemade leftovers), and cream add more flavour. Salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and sage, along with bay leaves, get the flavour just right. You will also need wild rice for this Instant Pot wild rice dish.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. It is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers.

The turkey is typically leftover turkey or a turkey breast. If you don’t have Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers, no problem. You can buy a cooked turkey breast from most grocery stores and use that instead for your leftover turkey wild rice casserole.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. It is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers.

Discard the skin and any bones and shred the meat with your fingers or with a pair of forks.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. It is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers.

How to Make It

You will be pleased to know this leftover turkey casserole recipe is really quick and easy. The first thing to do is melt the butter in your Instant Pot then add the garlic and veggies and sauté briefly.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. It is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers.

Next add the broth and then the rice, lentils, corn, and stuffing mix. Finally add the turkey on top then add the herbs and seasonings. Give the leftover turkey wild rice casserole 20 minutes on the high pressure setting. Once you have naturally released the pressure, just stir in the cream and serve! See how easy it is?

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. It is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers.

Some Variations to Try

You can make all kinds of substitutions in this Instant Pot wild rice recipe. Swap the turkey for chicken, the lentils for peas, any of the vegetables for mushrooms or zucchini, or the herbs for others. Use another kind of broth or whatever flavour of stuffing you have. It’s hard to go wrong with this highly tweak-able recipe!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. You can use leftover turkey or a turkey breast.

Even if you expect the family to complain about ‘yet another turkey leftovers dinner’ they won’t find fault with this leftover turkey wild rice casserole!  Not only is it a Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers solution but it’s a really tasty dish.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. You can use leftover turkey or a turkey breast.

If you want, you could pour some gravy over it before serving, to add extra moisture to the dish. Perhaps you have some gravy in your Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers. That would go great with this.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. You can use leftover turkey or a turkey breast.

What is Wild Rice?

Wild rice has a nutty taste and firm texture. It’s a semi-aquatic grass grown in the Great Lakes area. Wild rice isn’t technically a type of rice. It is a type of aquatic grass that has an edible grain. It takes longer than regular rice to cook. Also remember the grains triple in size when cooked.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. You can use leftover turkey or a turkey breast.

Wild rice can be served as it is, as a side dish, or combined with other grains or other types of rice. It suits pretty  much any recipe where you would otherwise use a hearty kind of whole grain. Wild rice needs to be kept in an airtight container. If kept dry, it can last for years!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. You can use leftover turkey or a turkey breast.

Oh, and did you know wild rice isn’t wild? It’s actually grown in ‘grow puddles’ in farms. This mimics the native growing conditions.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. You will love this instant pot wild rice.

How to Serve this Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipe

Leftover turkey or a turkey breast keeps for a few days. So there is no huge hurry to make this the day after Christmas or Thanksgiving. Once you have decided to make it though, you don’t even have to think about side dishes.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. You will love this instant pot wild rice.

Leftover turkey wild rice casserole is a complete meal in one. It has rice, protein, vegetables, and the perfect consistency. You might want to add some bread or a salad but really it’s delicious just as it is.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. You will love this instant pot wild rice.

If you like this leftover turkey casserole recipe, you might also like Slow Cooker Apple Cider Brined Turkey Breast, Easy to Make Crispy Turkey Tacos, Roasted Brussels Sprout Pomegranate Pancetta Feta Casserole or Super Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole.

Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for instant pot leftover turkey wild rice casserole. It is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers.

Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

Course: Meals
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot, turkey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 416kcal
Author: Bella
Let this leftover turkey wild rice casserole come to the rescue! Combine Thanksgiving or Christmas leftovers with wild rice to make this leftover turkey casserole recipe. It's easy to combine leftover turkey or a turkey breast to make this instant pot wild rice recipe.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced 
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1/2 Cup celery diced
  • 1/2 Cup carrots diced
  • 3 Cup chicken broth 
  • 1 Cup wild rice
  • 1/2 Cup long grain rice wild rice blend
  • 1/2 Cup lentils  red
  • 1/2 Cup corn
  • 1 Cup stuffing sage, such as Stove Top stuffing or homemade leftovers
  • 2 Cup turkey leftover
  • 1 Tsp. salt
  • 1 Tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp. thyme 
  • 1/2 Tsp. Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp. Sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream
  • thyme Fresh, as garnish 

Instructions

  • Set instant pot to sauté mode. Once heated, add the butter. Once melted, stir in the garlic, onions, celery, and carrots. Sauté for 2 minutes to soften and turn off the instant pot.  
  • Pour in the chicken broth and deglaze the instant pot. Add the wild rice, lentils, corn, and stuffing. Stir to combine. Place shredded turkey on top and season with salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, sage, and top with bay leaves.
  • Seal and cook on manual high pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Once the instant pot has finished cooking, allow natural release for 10 minutes.  
  • Discard the bay leaves and stir in the heavy cream. Remove the casserole from the instant pot and add to a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh thyme.  

Notes

You can use leftover turkey, shredded or fully cooked turkey breast available in the cold meats section of grocery stores will work if leftovers are not an option.

Nutrition

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 473mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2095IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Served in bowls, this tasty Instant Pot wild rice dish is going to be every bit as impressive as your Thanksgiving meal! It’s a quick and easy leftover turkey casserole recipe which should appeal to the whole family. It smells amazing while it cooks and the flavour is so good!

If you are looking for other side dish recipes, you might like this Creamy Mushroom Risotto.

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  1. Laura Henderon-Kane wrote:

    5 stars
    This looks so yummy! I could eat it all myself I think. đŸ™‚

    Posted 8.29.21 Reply
  2. Mimi wrote:

    Such an easy recipe, perfect for a fuss free dinner! I need to try it

    Posted 9.9.21 Reply
  3. Victoria wrote:

    How perfect. Learned about wild rice not being wild and found a recipe to try for my fresh from our farm turkey!

    Posted 9.10.21 Reply
  4. 5 stars
    What a fantastic way to use up leftovers, especially after the holidays!

    Posted 9.10.21 Reply
  5. This looks so delicious and flavoursome, and healthy too! I need to try it soon.

    Posted 9.10.21 Reply
  6. Monica Simpson wrote:

    This looks so comforting! I can’t wait to try this when it gets cooler out.

    Posted 9.10.21 Reply
  7. Lady Di wrote:

    This calls for stuffing. Does that mean stuffing mix, such as Stovetop, or already prepared stuffing?

    Posted 9.26.21 Reply