21 Ways to Use Leftover Turkey



Because Thanksgiving is later this week, I decided not to post a new Menu + Grocery List today.  Instead, we’re going to talk leftovers. I know the turkeys haven’t even been cooked yet, but it’s good to plan ahead.

All of the recipes listed here call for cooked chicken, but you can use cooked turkey instead.  If you have plenty of leftover turkey, portion it out in 2-3 cup quantities and freeze it for later.  Having a stock of pre-cooked poultry meat in the freezer is one of my favorite quick-dinner tricks.

On to the recipes.  They all have chicken in the name, but call it turkey whatever or fowl food (okay, maybe not that) and you’re good to go.

  1. Chicken Broccoli Divan
  2. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole
  3. Chicken Enchiladas
  4. Chicken Broccoli Pita Pockets
  5. Chicken and Dressing Casserole
  6. Chicken Tortilla Soup
  7. White Enchiladas
  8. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  9. Chicken Tetrazini
  10. Cheesy Chicken Chowder
  11. Asian Noodles with Stir Fry Veggies
  12. Golden Chicken Enchiladas
  13. Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole
  14. Black Bean and Corn Chicken Taco Bake
  15. Chicken Casserole with Corn and Peas
  16. Mandarin Chicken Rice Bake
  17. Chicken Quesadillas
  18. Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Shells with Alfredo Sauce
  19. Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas
  20. Chicken and Dumplings
  21. Chicken and Drop Dumpling Stew

If you’d like a menu for this week, feel free to print one from Year 1 or Year 2.

What’s your favorite way to use leftover turkey?

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  1. Thanks!!!!!

  2. Love this list Tiffany! Thanks for taking the guess work out of it for families needing ideas to use up that leftover turkey!

  3. I’m not a blogger, but I read your blog every day. I just wanted to thank you for your time and effort. You have saved my neck many a day when I just didn’t have a clue what to cook. If you had a quarter for every time I made your Golden Chicken Enchiladas, you’d have some serious money. I’ve made them with pork, too. Those are really, really good. I have access to lots of New Mexico green chile, and that recipe is an awesome way to use them. Again, thanks for your time and effort. May God richly bless you.

  4. I’m so glad you did this!! Saves me rummaging around my recipes. I do have a question tho, how many can be completely (or mostly) made and then frozen?

    Lady Lep
    PS- did your year 1 week 16 last week (first time to do a whole week’s worth) it was easy and yummy! Thanks!

    • I’ve made and frozen many of the recipes. I would think almost all of them could be put in the freezer. The quesadilla filling could be frozen so it’s ready to use. The only one I wouldn’t freeze is Asian Noodles with Stir-Fry Veggies, but it is so easy to pull together at the last minute.

  5. Charlene Roberson says:

    I like to make a sandwich filling with all those little bits and pieces of turkey. Simply combine a pkg of cream cheese with juice from a small jar of green olives then add turkey, the drained olives and a handful of pecans. It will keep in the fridge for several days but it doesn’t last long around here!!

    • Oh yum! I recently discovered that I really like green olives (I guess I never tried them before because they look like they’re staring back at me if stuffed w/ pimento). Your sandwich idea sounds delicious!

  6. What a fantastic list! There’s no way you will run out of ideas and the fact that you can use turkey or chicken gives you even more options.

    I tried the white enchilada and it was delicious.

    Thank you


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