November 27, 2020

Healthy and Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Turkey

Healthy and delicious leftover turkey recipes to make the most of your holiday bird! Whether you are craving a soup, salad, or a hearty casserole, this list has plenty of creative and tasty ways to use the last of your Thanksgiving turkey. 


If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite parts of annual holiday dinners is all of the delicious leftovers, especially the leftover roasted turkey or chicken. One of the best things about leftovers, in my opinion, is being able to repurpose them into a completely new and flavorful dish. If you have a lot of leftover turkey and need some inspiration, I’ve compiled a list of healthy and delicious leftover turkey recipes to help you out!

How Long is Leftover Turkey Good For?

While Thanksgiving leftovers are absolutely delicious, they unfortunately cannot last in your fridge forever. For your safety, it’s best to eat your turkey leftovers within 3-4 days of your big Thanksgiving feast.

The day after Thanksgiving is a great time to make a few delicious dishes with your leftover turkey. Things like this enchilada skillet or chopped Thai chicken salad are some great ways to completely change the flavor of your turkey and enjoy a brand new delicious dish.

Can You Freeze Leftover Turkey

Yes! If you know you won’t be able to eat all of your leftover turkey within the three to four day timeframe, freeze it! Cooked turkey can be stored in a freezer safe storage bag or container for up to three months.

Tips and Tricks When Using Your Leftovers

You can use leftover turkey in most recipes that call for chicken like soups, casseroles, and salads. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your leftovers:

  • If a recipe calls for shredded chicken, just simply substitute it with shredded turkey instead.
  • Some soup recipes, like this chicken pot pie soup, include steps to cook the protein, remove it from the pan, and then add it back to the dish at a later time. If that’s the case, just skip the steps to cook the protein and stir in your turkey when the recipe calls for adding the protein back to the dish.
  • Don’t be afraid to use your leftover turkey in a completely new way! Changing up the flavor profile of your leftovers is a delicious way to use up those leftovers.

The Best Leftover Turkey Recipes


almond butter dressing poured over chopped thai chicken salad

Healthy Homemade Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad

Chipotle Chicken Salad

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

Pesto Chicken Salad

Chicken Bacon Avocado Chopped Salad

Soups, Stews, and Chilies

pot pie soup in pot

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chicken Taco Soup

Chicken and Corn Chowder

Healthy White Bean and Turkey Chili

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup


enchiladas in a black cast iron skillet

Chicken Enchilada Skillet

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Southwest Chicken Chili

I hope you give a few of these recipes a try! They are all so delicious and there’s something for everyone on this list.

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