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Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes

After a big holiday dinner, most of us are holding some serious leftover turkey breast and dark meat. I am delighted to give you dozens of recipes for what you can make with leftover turkey breast. Delicious and healthy leftover turkey recipes! Paleo, Keto, Low Carb, or just plain amazing!

I am forever in search of easy, but unique recipes that use up leftovers, not being a leftover fan, I like new and healthy leftover turkey recipes. And this round-up has it all! Quiche, pizzas, appetizers, Banh Mi, Reubens and even dog treats using leftover turkey!

Got leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken? These are our favorite ways to use them, Wild Rice Supreme, Chicken (or turkey) Quesadillas with Caramelized Peppers & Onions and this Instant Pot Copycat Panera Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.

6 images for various recipes using leftover turkey breast recipes, L-R Turkey Divan, Turkey sliders, turkey cranberry pizza, turkey biscuit pie, turkey crescent ring, turkey stuffed squash.

Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes

I have a few recipes that use leftover turkey, which is why I brought in my blogging community to fill in the gaps! I’ve broken up the easy recipes with leftover turkey by categories, making it even easier for you to find what you are craving.

And if you happen to be craving some turkey right about now, then be sure to check out my recipe on Simple Tender Tasty Turkey and Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe, both favorites!

Replacing Cooked Turkey for Chicken in Recipes

Typically, you can use leftover holiday cooked turkey for any recipe that calls for cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken.

For instance, you might enjoy replacing the chicken with turkey in this Creamy Chicken Poblano Soup. In fact, I cannot think of an instance where the recipe calls for cooked/rotisserie chicken that cooked turkey cannot replace it! So be creative! And use that gobbler up!

6 grid images for Leftover Turkey Recipes L-R Turkey Soup, Turkey Pizza, Turkey Chili, Turkey Stew, turkey shepherds pie and a turkey cranberry sandwich.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does cooked turkey last in the fridge?

Between 3-5 days, when wrapped well or kept in an airtight container. Tuck it near the back of your fridge and it will last longer, as most refrigerators are cooler towards the back.

Can I freeze leftover turkey?

Yes! Probably the easiest and best way to store leftover turkey is by wrapping it well in foil, a freezer ziplock or an airtight container and freeze 4-6 months.

How do I rewarm turkey in the oven without drying it out?

Place desired amount of turkey in a casserole dish or pan, preferably with a lid. Add 1-2 cups of turkey or chicken stock/broth and reheat in a 300F degree oven for 20-45 minutes (time varies based on how much turkey is in the pan.) It’s also yummier and more moist if you had a pat or two of butter to the top of the turkey. (General rule is 1 cup of liquid per 2 cups of turkey)

How do I rewarm turkey in the Crockpot or Slow Cooker?

This is one of my favorite ways, in fact, you can roast your turkey a few days before Thanksgiving or Christmas, carve and then rewarm in the crockpot or slow cooker, saving you precious time and oven space.
Add turkey meat to the crockpot and pour turkey or chicken stock/broth over the top (general rule is 1 cup of liquid, per 2 cups of turkey), add 1-3 pats of butter to the top of the turkey and set crockpot on low for 3-4 hours. Moist, never dried out turkey! Ta-da!

How can you tell if turkey is bad?

Rely on your senses, give it a good sniff. If it smells sour, is slimy or has turned a gray color it has most likely spoiled or bad and it’s best to toss it out.

Leftover Turkey Breast Recipes

So let’s get on with it, I’ve split up these recipes into some main categories to make browsing for recipe easier.

  • Leftover Turkey Sandwiches
  • Salads made with leftover turkey
  • Main Dish & Appetizers made with Leftover Turkey
  • Leftover turkey Soups, Stews and Chili

Recipes for Sandwiches using Leftover Turkey

There are some delicious and unique sandwiches in this category! Bahn Mi, Panini, sliders and more!

Leftover Turkey Sandwiches

We will start with the classic, leftover turkey sandwiches, look at all of these creative and beautiful ways to enjoy leftover turkey!

Salads made with leftover turkey

Repurpose your turkey to make these delicious, fresh and healthy salads after the big holiday meal!

Leftover Turkey Salads

Main Dish & Appetizer recipes using leftover turkey

Now we’re cooking, repurpose your leftover holiday turkey in these delicious, tasty main dish and appetizer recipes! Everything from quiche, pizza’s, keto and low carb dishes, Indian inspired dishes and much more.

Appetizers & Main Dishes Made with Leftover Turkey

Soups, Stews & Chili using Turkey Leftovers

Nothing tastes better after a huge turkey dinner, than a comforting and simple bowl of healthy turkey soup, chili or stew!

Soups, Stews and Chili using Leftover Turkey

I hope you had as much fun browsing these fabulous recipes as I did compiling this post! Thank you for supporting your food bloggers! We appreciate it and are so grateful for you!

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Julie Menghini

Monday 29th of November 2021

Wow, there are so many amazing recipes here and I'll be using that leftover turkey and keeping it for chicken throughout the year!

Kathleen Pope

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

That is perfect!!

Anecia Hero

Sunday 28th of November 2021

Amazing collection, Kathleen! Thank you for including my recipe ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

Kathleen Pope

Monday 29th of November 2021

Thank you Anecia, loved your addition!

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