November 26, 2022

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 holiday 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. I

f 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.

What to Do With The Leftover Bones

Don’t throw away those leftover turkey bones or carcass! Be sure to save your turkey carcass to make a flavorful bone broth that is perfect to use in all of your soups, stews, chili, and more. If you have never made it, don’t be intimidated. Making a flavorful homemade broth is easier than you may think!

Want a full tutorial on how to make bone broth? Check out our guide on How to Make Bone Broth!

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.


dressing poured over salad

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

Healthy Homemade Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Salad

Chipotle Chicken Salad

Pesto Chicken Salad

Chicken Bacon Avocado Chopped Salad

Soups, Stews, and Chili

pot pie soup in pot

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Thai-Inspired Red Curry Soup

Creamy One Pot Lemon and Wild Rice Soup

Southwest Chicken Chili

Healthy Chicken Soup

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Healthy White Chicken Chili

Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Healthy Chicken Taco Soup

Chicken and Corn Chowder

Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Healthy White Bean and Turkey Chili

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

pot pies on sheet pan with spoon

Casseroles and More

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Dairy Free Buffalo Chicken Dip

Chicken Enchilada Skillet

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Southwest Chicken Chili

Cheesey Green Chicken Enchiladas

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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