Dry Brined Turkey / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

I get a little OCD about making sure I am taking full advantage of leftovers, and Thanksgiving is like the Olympics of leftover repurposing. One can only eat so many turkey sandwiches, right? And then we need to move on, and figure out how to turn all that leftover turkey into delicious meals the family will be excited to see later in the week.

Here are a bunch of options – and remember, anywhere you can use leftover shredded chicken, turkey is pretty much fair game!

If you’re looking for a great turkey recipe, check out this Dry Brined Holiday Turkey!


11 Leftover Turkey Recipes

Turkey Posole Soup / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Turkey Posole Soup

That leftover Thanksgiving turkey is put to great use in a warm, comforting, and very satisfying soup

Turkey Picadillo

Turkey Picadillo

A possibly unorthodox version of a wonderful Latin American dish.

Use chopped leftover turkey in place of the ground turkey, and skip the browning step.


Mexican Tortilla Chicken Soup

Mexican Tortilla Chicken Soup

This divine soup is scented with chili, cumin and coriander, and topped with all kinds of deliciousness, like avocado and tortilla crisps. This is one of my favorite soups of all time.

Spicy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Spicy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

Some kick, how much depends a bit on your poblanos.

Use shredded turkey instead of chicken in these cheesy enchiladas.


Spicy Thai Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Spicy Thai Chicken and Rice Noodle Soup

Lemongrass, ginger, fish sauce, rice noodles all come together in one of my favorite seasonless soups.

This is an unusual way to make use of leftover shredded poultry.


Turkey or Chicken Chili

Turkey or Chicken Chili

This is our all-time favorite chili recipes, thick and flavorful and loaded with vegetables.

Use chopped leftover turkey in place of the ground turkey and/or turkey sausage. Or use a combo of leftover cooked turkey and turkey sausage for even more flavor.


5-Ingredient Pasta: Chicken and Mushroom Marsala Rotelle / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

5-Ingredient Pasta #5: Chicken and Mushroom Marsala Rotelle

Pick up some mushrooms and a rotisserie chicken and have this pasta for dinner in about 30 minutes.

You might even have some leftover sautéed mushrooms from the big holiday meal – add them right in, baby.


Red Lentil, Fennel and Chicken Slow Cooker Soup / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Red Lentil, Fennel and Chicken Slow Cooker Soup

This thick and satisfying soup has tailgating or sidelines or post-game meal written all over it.

You can just make the soup without the chicken called for in the recipe, and then stir in shredded cooked turkey for the last hour or so of cooking so it takes on the soup’s amazing flavors (coriander! cumin!)


The Easiest Shortcut Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup

The Easiest Shortcut Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup

It’s not the complicated recipe creation that makes me feel happy and proud so much….it’s the easy ones.

Fragrant Chicken Tomato Soup / Katie Workamn / themom100.com

Fragrant Chicken Tomato Soup

The smell of this savory soup will make everyone within range instantly ravenous.

Classic Lasagna with Turkey Sausage / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Classic Lasagna with Turkey Sausage

Gouda and havarti give this hearty lasagna serious cheese flavor. This is a contender of a lasagna.

Use chopped leftover turkey in place of the turkey sausage for this very flavorful super cheesy lasagna.


Rate & Comment

Your email address will not be published.