24 Easy Leftover Turkey Recipes (2024)

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If you find yourself with plenty of leftover turkey following your feast, do a happy dance. These easy Leftover Turkey Recipes will have you making turkey more often! Just for the leftovers.

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While I’ll always love a Thanksgiving feast, I’m already thinking, planning, and dreaming about using these incredibly delicious leftover turkey recipes.

Here you will find recipes ranging from sandwiches to soups, wraps, casseroles, and even pizza. From spicy to mild, healthy to a little decadent, I hope you’ll find recipes everyone in your group will love!

How Long Can You Refrigerate Leftover Turkey?

Cooked turkey is good for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

The USDA says Thanksgiving leftovers “can be kept in the refrigerator for three to four days. This means you have until the Monday after Thanksgiving” to eat up your turkey leftovers.

Any leftover turkey after that 3 to 4-day range can be frozen for 2 to 6 months for best quality. I like to freeze turkey in 2 cup portions for easy soups and stir-frys through the winter. And I freeze it on or about day 2.

How Do You Store Leftover Turkey?

The easiest way to store leftover turkey is to refrigerate it in an airtight sealed container. I like to preserve it in slices when possible. Although shredded some of it makes for quick dinners.

Best Way to Reheat Leftover Turkey

The USDA recommends reheating frozen leftovers without thawing.

Both on the stovetop or microwave.

“When reheating leftovers, be sure they reach 165°F, as measured with a food thermometer. Cover leftovers to reheat. This retains moisture and ensures that food will heat all the way through.”

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25 Easy Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

If you find yourself with plenty of leftover turkey following your feast, do a happy dance. These 24 Easy Leftover Turkey Recipes will have you making turkey more often!


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One Pot Creamy Turkey and Potato Dumplings.

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"Use up those Thanksgiving leftovers with this One Pot Creamy Turkey and Potato Dumplings. Caramelized shallots, leftover shredded turkey, fresh sage, and sharp parmesan cheese. All mixed into a warming herb-filled soup base with light and airy mashed potato dumplings that make every bite so delicious."


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Turkey Reuben Hash

"This 25-minute hash from F&W’s Kay Chun pairs leftover turkey with potatoes, sauerkraut and caraway for a fun play on a Reuben sandwich."


Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

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Well, because, cooking a whole turkey is in part for the amazing sandwiches that will be made days after the feast! This panini is definitely on the list!


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Lighten Up Turkey Cobb Sandwiches

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"Lighten up! For the salad, use only white-meat turkey and reduce the bacon and blue cheese by half. For the dressing, replace the mayo with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Total savings? 74 calories and 8 grams of fat per sandwich."


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One-Pot Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie

"This piecould not be more perfect for the day after Thanksgiving dinner. It feeds all those lingering guests and it’s so easy to make. Plus, it’s saucy, creamy, cheesy and delicious. Perfect cozy, family comfort food."


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Butternut Squash Mexican Enchilada Casserole

Swap the chicken for turkey in this easy and incredibly yummy Butternut Squash Mexican Enchilada Casserole. It's packed with flavor, vegetables, and bubbling with enchilada sauce and melty cheese.


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Turkey Corn Chowder

"One pot and 30 minutes is all you will need to make this delicious and hearty, quick-cooking chowder, loaded with turkey and corn."


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Mouthwatering Turkey With Glass Noodles

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"I’m shredding the remaining turkey meat, then drenching it in chile oil and black vinegar, serving it with glass noodles, and throwing a bunch of herbs on top."


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Leftover Turkey Dinner Hash

"This savory Leftover Turkey Dinner Hash is a delicious way to repurpose a fridge full of leftovers after a big feast. 15 minutes and done. Brunch is served!"


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Leftover Turkey Casserole

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"Leftover Turkey Casserole made with leftover turkey, cheesy gravy, and cornbread is the PERFECT way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s fast, easy, and ready in under 45 minutes!"


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Turkey Pot Pie

"Tossing the turkey breast in olive oil keeps it tender and moist, and the shallot, lemon zest, parsley, and vermouth give the final pie a little extra sparkle."


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Best Turkey Casserole Recipe

"After Thanksgiving is all said and done we usually end up with more turkey leftover than anyThanksgiving sandwichcan handle. Turkey casserole is a great way to use up some leftover turkey as well as any lingering veggies. The buttery crumb top is completely addicting and makes this our favorite casserole that we look forward to all year."


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Spicy Cabbage Salad with Turkey and Peanuts

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"After a heavy meal, we look for recipes that double as a palate cleanser, with spice, zing, and freshness. With some vegetables that, you know, still have some crunch."


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Best Turkey, Cranberry & Brie Wraps

"Transform those Thanksgiving leftovers into a tasty, no-cook lunch — no utensils required!"


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Aunt Bee's Leftover Turkey Casserole

"Aunt Bee's Leftover Turkey Casserole with pasta and Cream of Mushroom soup is an easy and comforting dish that takes advantage of the extra meat from your holiday feast -- with just 15 minutes of prep!"


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Turkey Baguette Pizzas

"Skip your ordinary sandwich and bake leftover turkey, hot sauce, cheese, and ranch dressing onto the baguette, instead."


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Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

Got leftover cooked chicken or turkey? Cook up a pot of soup! This recipe is a healthier twist on a classic creamy turkey and wild rice soup.


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Thanksgiving Pizza

"This Thanksgiving Pizza recipe is the BEST way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers. It has turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more all in a puff pastry crust!"


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Leftover Turkey & Rice Soup

"This cozy soup recipe is the best way to use up leftoverroast turkey. All you need is a couple cups of shredded turkey meat, and you've got a pot of soup that's big enough to fill upat least4 people. Have even more leftover turkey? This recipe easily doubles."


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Classic Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

"This turkey pot pie has a comfortingcreamy center with an extra-flaky top. What could be better? Use yourleftover Thanksgiving turkeyand any additional vegetables you have to make this extra-easy."


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Turkey Vegetable Noodle Soup

My favorite after Thanksgiving tradition is this delicious Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup. Making your own Turkey Broth makes it extra special.


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Homemade Turkey Stock Recipe

Save the turkey carcass for making this delicious turkey broth for, of course, Turkey Noodle Soup!


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Leftover Turkey Jambalaya

"Leftover turkey? Turn it into this delicious Leftover Turkey Jambalaya. Leftovers never tasted so good! Add a crusty loaf of French Bread and you have a delicious and spicy dinner."


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Turkey Divan

"So simple to throw together so you don't feel like you're cooking after the big day and endlessly versatile. Don't have broccoli? Throw in cauliflower or even green beans. Don't want to use Ritz crackers? Use some leftover bread as croutons or top it with buttery Panko."


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Easiest Chicken Enchiladas Ever with Leftover Turkey

This is one of the easiest enchiladas you will ever make. Swap the chicken for leftover turkey!

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