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If you’ve got some leftover turkey after a holiday feast, you might be wondering what you’re going to make with it, especially if you sized up and have a lot left over! Luckily there are plenty of leftover turkey recipes you can make, with just a few inspiring examples including turkey leek soup, Thai curry or turkey salad sandwiches. Any of these would be good made with chicken too, freshly cooked or left over. Knowing recipes for leftover turkey is always worthwhile!

Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

A Dutch oven with a shepherd's pie.
Shepherd’s Pie. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Everyone has their own way of using up holiday leftovers. If you find yourself with turkey and can’t really face yet another turkey sandwich, how does this leftover turkey shepherd’s pie sound? You can use leftover mashed potatoes in it as well. This tasty meal also includes onion, herbs, vegetables and Guinness for richness.
Get the Recipe: Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

Wild rice casserole in a dish.
Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole. Photo credit: xoxobella.

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.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

Creamy Mushroom Kale Turkey Soup

A black bowl full of mushroom kale soup.
Mushroom Kale Turkey Soup. Photo credit: xoxoBella

Not sure what to do with those Christmas or Thanksgiving leftovers? You can’t go wrong with this creamy mushroom kale turkey soup. Many of us have leftover thanksgiving turkey or leftover turkey breast from Christmas, so it’s always worth discovering a new leftover turkey recipe to use it up in a tasty way. And this leftover turkey soup is chock-full of delicious flavours including white wine, garlic, mushrooms, and more.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Kale Turkey Soup

Hot Turkey Sandwich

A hot turkey sandwich with peas.
Hot Turkey Sandwich. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Having a bunch of leftovers to use up after your Thanksgiving feast is no fun, especially when the fridge is full to bursting with them. There are only so many recipes you can use that leftover turkey in before you get tired of it – or are there? The following recipe might just change your mind.
Get the Recipe: Hot Turkey Sandwich

Turkey a la King

A plate of turkey a la king on toast.
Turkey a la King. Photo credit: Amy Casey Cooks.

This turkey a la king is such a great way to use leftover turkey! It has the creamiest sauce and plenty of veggies to make a hearty dish of leftovers from the holidays.
Get the Recipe: Turkey a la King

Creamy Turkey Leek Soup

A bowl of creamy turkey and leek soup made of Thanksgiving leftovers.
Creamy Turkey Leek Soup. Photo credit: Slow the Cook Down.

If you have leftover turkey that you aren’t sure what to do with, make this creamy soup. It uses leeks for a budget friendly soup that the whole family will love.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Turkey Leek Soup

Avocado Toast with Turkey and Cranberry

Turkey avocado toast with leftovers.
Avocado Toast with Turkey and Cranberry. Photo credit: Seasonal Cravings.

Bring your holiday leftovers to your breakfast with this homemade avocado toast. It is colorful and delicious and best of all, easy to assemble.
Get the Recipe: Avocado Toast with Turkey and Cranberry

Turkey and Dumplings

A bowl of chunks of turkey with dumplings.
Turkey and Dumplings. Photo credit: Grand Baby Cakes.

Put your leftovers to work and make the best comfort food meal for winter with these dumplings! Tender chunks or turkey breast with fluffy dumplings are going to your favorite way to repurpose leftovers.
Get the Recipe: Turkey and Dumplings

Dutch Oven Turkey Chili

A bowl of chili made of leftover turkey meat.
Dutch Oven Turkey Chili. Photo credit: The Cagle Diaries.

Have you ever considered using your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers to make chili? This recipe is hearty, wholesome and an economical use of ingredients you have on hand.
Get the Recipe: Dutch Oven Turkey Chili

One Pot Turkey Pasta

A spoon of one pot turkey pasta.
One Pot Turkey Pasta. Photo credit: The Cagle Diaries.

This one pot pasta dish uses leftover turkey with tender noodles to make a really great and easy meal. It is creamy and cheesy so the whole family will love it.
Get the Recipe: One Pot Turkey Pasta

Turkey Thai Curry

A bowl of turkey curry with rice.
Turkey Thai Curry. Photo credit: Simply Stacie.

Leftover turkey with thai curry flavors is such a tasty twist on holiday leftovers. Serve this with rice for a budget friendly meal that has restaurant flavor from your home kitchen.
Get the Recipe: Turkey Thai Curry

Turkey Tetrazzini

A plate of creamy turkey tetrazzini with veggies and spaghetti noodles.
Turkey Tetrazzini . Photo credit: Dancing Through the Rain.

This creamy tetrazzini makes for such a great meal on a cool winter day. It uses leftover turkey or chicken, with veggies, noodles and a creamy sauce. You will love it from the first bite.
Get the Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini

Hearty Turkey Stew

A bowl of turkey stew.
Hearty Turkey Stew. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Shredded turkey meat is added to a comforting stew mixture of baby red potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, celery and onions that’s simmered with garlic and fresh herbs. A touch of tomato paste and balsamic vinegar bring an acidic offset to the savory flavors for a wonderfully cozy meal.
Get the Recipe: Hearty Turkey Stew

Easy Turkey Casserole

A spoon scooping a turkey casserole.
Easy Turkey Casserole. Photo credit: Dinner At The Zoo.

This turkey casserole is made with diced leftover turkey, egg noodles and vegetables, all tossed in a creamy cheesy sauce and baked to perfection. A quick and easy dinner that’s perfect for repurposing holiday leftovers!
Get the Recipe: Easy Turkey Casserole

Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

A sweet potato turkey skillet.
Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This turkey sweet potato skillet is a healthy way to repurpose leftover turkey (or chicken) with sweet potatoes, black beans, peppers, greens and onions. A nutritious grain free meal ready in under 30 minutes!
Get the Recipe: Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

Homemade Udon Soup

A bowl of turkey udon soup.
Homemade Udon Soup. Photo credit: Pups with Chopsticks.

If you’re a fan of hearty, comforting soups, this Udon soup recipe is a must-try. With its easy rich broth, chewy udon noodles, tender turkey, and fresh bok choy, this soup is a delightful blend of flavors and textures. Topped with a soft-boiled egg, sesame oil, and green onions, it’s a dish that’s as satisfying as it is delicious.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Udon Soup

Turkey Salad Recipe

A turkey salad sandwich on a croissant.
Turkey Salad Recipe. Photo credit: Dinner At The Zoo.

This turkey salad is a blend of diced turkey and colorful veggies, all tossed in a savory creamy dressing. A super easy and delicious way to use up leftover turkey with plenty of options to customize the flavors!
Get the Recipe: Turkey Salad Recipe

Turkey Pot Pie

A turkey pot pie with a lattice top.
Skillet Turkey Pot Pie. Photo credit: Grand Baby Cakes.

Turkey Pot Pie is the perfect encore to your Thanksgiving feast, seamlessly turning leftover turkey into a delicious one-dish wonder. A creamy sauce blended with tender vegetables and flavorful shredded turkey, then topped with a beautifully golden, flaky puff pastry crust. This dish not only saves time but utilizes leftovers in a hearty post-holiday dinner. Keeping the joy of Thanksgiving at the table just a little longer.
Get the Recipe: Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Salad

A bowl of shredded turkey salad.
Turkey Salad. Photo credit: Miss in the Kitchen.

If you like chicken salad, then this turkey salad will hit the spot for lunch after the holidays. It is easy to make and the sandwiches are so good for a wholeosme mid-day meal.
Get the Recipe: Turkey Salad

Leftover Turkey and Mashed Potato Pie

A turkey shepherds pie recipe.
Leftover Turkey and Mashed Potato Pie. Photo credit: Life As a Strawberry.

This turkey and mashed potato pie uses your holiday leftovers and plenty of veggies to make a satisfying family style meal. This is fuss free and so flavorful!
Get the Recipe: Leftover Turkey and Mashed Potato Pie

Creamy Turkey and Mushroom Soup

Bowls of creamy mushroom and turkey soup.
Creamy Turkey and Mushroom Soup. Photo credit: The Blonde Cook.

Turkey and mushrooms are perfect partners for a delicious family meal. Make a pot of this soup on a chilly early winter day with your holiday leftovers.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Turkey and Mushroom Soup

Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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