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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!
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.
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!
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!
Thanksgiving dinner is epic in our family, we make enough food to feed an army and I think we enjoy the leftovers just as much as we do the actual meal. This Turkey Salad is our favorite way to enjoy the leftover turkey.
Use up your leftover turkey and cranberry sauce with this unique, sophisticated and delicious Leftover Turkey Panini, with, cranberry aioli, fresh green apples, fig spread and ooey gooey melted brie cheese join together to treat your taste buds to a sensational experience!
In this Turkey Cranberry Sandwich recipe turkey and cranberry sauce are nestled between two slices of buttery bread that have been grilled to perfection, all held together by melted cheddar cheese. This Thanksgiving sandwich is the perfect way to use up leftover turkey!
These pesto Grilled Turkey & Havarti Sandwiches are a fast family favorite! Buttery grilled sourdough, garlic basil pesto, melty Havarti cheese, and tomato with sliced turkey. When they ask “what’s for dinner?” and these toasted turkey sandwiches are the answer, there is nothing but smiles!
This Turkey Gobbler Wrap is an exact copycat of the Trader Joe’s version, complete with stuffing, cream cheese, and cranberries! Use leftover holiday turkey and sides to create these delicious and easy make-ahead lunches!
Salads made with leftover turkey
Repurpose your turkey to make these delicious, fresh and healthy salads after the big holiday meal!
Turkey Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad is a delightful mixture of crunchy, sweet and savory flavors and a GREAT way to use up any leftover turkey or chicken!
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
This delicious crockpot green chili bake is a great meal that everyone will love! Tender shredded turkey(or chicken), soft rice, savory cheese and tangy chili peppers make for an easy and winning combination.
Transform your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey leftovers into a delicious and comforting pot pie! Flavored with a touch of Marsala wine, thyme and garlic, then baked topped with flaky puff pastry this cozy dish is a true winner!
This hearty meal is a delicious way to use up 2 Thanksgiving leftovers: mashed potatoes and turkey! And the best part is, by adding a few other ingredients like cheddar, broccoli, and puff pastry, it becomes a whole new meal.
Put that leftover turkey to good use and make these Leftover Turkey Quesadillas with Black Beans! So easy to make with just a few ingredients, the perfect recipe for the day after a holiday when no one wants to cook anything elaborate.
Skip the Chinese take-out and have this yummy, healthy Turkey Stir Fry with Sesame Ginger Dressing and broccoli and carrots on the dinner table in 30 minutes. Got leftover turkey? This is a perfect recipe to use up any leftover turkey.
Leftovers never tasted so good as they do when you make this easy Turkey Pot Pie. A single crust covers a combination of vegetables, leftover turkey, chicken broth, fat-free half & half & cheese for a delicious & healthy dinner option.
Thanksgiving in a Blanket is the most genius way to eat leftovers as it combines shredded turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce all wrapped in a crescent roll for a simple and delicious way to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers the next day!
You can't go wrong with this delicious and hearty Skillet Turkey Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping recipe! It's easy to make and a great way to use up leftover turkey. And, since it only uses one skillet, easy cleanup!
Beautiful and delicious, Turkey Oscar! Leftover turkey never tasted so good, or looked quite so fancy! Leftover turkey becomes a simple and yet elegant looking meal when served “Oscar Style,” with asparagus, buttery shrimp, crabmeat and Hollandaise sauce.
These easy, 4-ingredient Homemade Dog Treats are the perfect way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey! (Or, try them any time of year with leftover chicken.) Even better, though? They freeze beautifully, and make darling DIY holiday gifts for all the beloved pups in your life!
This super-fast “Cheater” Leftover Turkey Pot Pie is a fantastic way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey! It’s also great with rotisserie chicken or other leftover chicken you might have on hand … all year long. So comforting and delicious butalsocrazy-easy! It’s ready in less than 20 minutes, and leverages tons of shortcuts to make pot pie healthier and easier than ever!
These cute Thanksgiving leftover hand pies are an easy way to use up your holiday leftovers! Combine turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy along with whatever else you like in pie dough for a simple, portable meal.
These Turkey and Cranberry Phyllo Tarts are full of Christmas flavor – chopped leftover turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce in one delicious, crunchy bite. They are perfect party food and a great way of using up turkey leftovers!
For these Leftover Turkey Tacos, turkey meat with bacon and mushrooms is tossed in crunchy taco shells wrapped with soft tortillas and then topped with aioli and blueberry sauce that's both a little sweet and little savory.
Slow Cooker Turkey Orzo Soup – A comforting crock pot soup recipe made with turkey, orzo, carrots, and more! A great way to use up leftover turkey from the holidays or just an easy to make weeknight meal!
This Turkey Soup Recipe is an easy, comforting, go-to recipe after feasting for the holidays. Use what’s left of the turkey carcass, add some vegetables and barley, and make a delicious leftover turkey soup!
With adobo spiced turkey, black beans, tomatoes, and corn, in a delicious zesty broth, this Homemade Turkey Taco Soup is an easy healthy and delicious dinner recipe! It's also a great way to use up leftover turkey.
This spiced Turkey Stew is the perfect 20-minute meal to feed you on cold fall and winter nights. Leftover turkey, apricots, chickpeas, apple juice and spices combine into a fragrant comforting stew that friends and family alike would love.
Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.