Leftover Turkey Casserole
Leftover Turkey Casserole has brown rice and mushrooms, and uses sour cream, cheese, and thyme to make a creamy sauce with no canned soup! If you don’t want this many carbs, make my very-popular Low-Carb Turkey Casserole that uses cauliflower rice but has similar flavors!
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My blog has lots of ideas for leftover turkey, but for this day-after-Thanksgiving Friday Favorites pick, I’m reminding you about this Leftover Turkey Casserole that’s one of my long-time favorites to make when I have turkey.
This casserole has turkey, mushrooms, sour cream, onions, cheese, poultry seasoning, and thyme. And it does have some brown rice, but the casserole doesn’t have much rice compared to the other ingredients. (There are 16 net carbs in a serving; you decide whether it’s too much of a splurge for you.)
And if you decide you prefer a turkey casserole that’s more strictly low-carb and Keto, just make my very-popular Low-Carb Turkey Casserole that uses cauliflower rice! The low-carb turkey version is equally delicious with similar flavors, and no matter which one you choose, you can’t go wrong with a casserole that has turkey, mushrooms, cheese, and thyme!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- cooked Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice (affiliate link)
- leftover turkey, cut in 1/2 inch dice
- brown mushrooms
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- canned chicken broth (affiliate link)
- sour cream
- coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
- Four Cheese Mexican Blend
- Dried Thyme (affiliate link)
- Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
What brown rice do I use for Leftover Turkey Casserole?
Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice (affiliate link). You can read about why I prefer Uncle Ben’s Converted Brown Rice if you’re curious.
Want more ideas for using Leftover Turkey?
If you’re not quite ready to go back to strictly low-carb just yet, check out my Healthy Recipes for Leftover Turkey for leftover turkey recipes that are carb-conscious but not strictly low in carbs.
Want strictly Low-Carb Ideas for leftover turkey?
For leftover turkey ideas that are low in carbs or Keto, check out check out Low-Carb Recipes for Leftover Turkey or Low-Carb and Keto Turkey Soup Recipes.
How to make this Leftover Turkey Casserole:
(This is just a summary of the steps, scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)
- Start by cooking the brown rice; I used my much-loved Zojirushi Rice Cooker (affiliate link) to make the rice.
- Cut up about 2 cups of leftover turkey or chicken.
- Wash, slice, and saute the mushrooms.
- Whisk together the stock and sour cream; then stir in the Parmesan and 1 cup grated cheese.
- Remove mushrooms to a plate; then add a little more oil and saute the onions with the herbs.
- When onions are starting to brown, turn off heat, add the mushrooms and turkey and stir, then gently stir in the rice.
- Add the sour cream/cheese mixture and gently combine, then put that mixture into a casserole dish you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Top the casserole with the rest of the cheese, cover with foil, and bake about 20 minutes.
- Then remove foil and bake about 20 minutes more, or until the cheese is starting to lightly brown and the mixture is hot and bubbling.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
- This will keep well in the fridge and can be reheated in a microwave or in a pan on the stove. The casserole also freezes well.
More Tasty Casseroles with Leftover Turkey or Chicken:
- Layered Mexican Casserole with Chicken and Cauliflower Rice
- Turkey Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Topping
- Chicken Alfredo Mock Lasagna Casserole
- Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- Chicken and Asparagus Bake with Creamy Curry Sauce
Leftover Turkey Casserole
This tasty Leftover Turkey Casserole has brown rice and mushrooms, and it's the perfect thing to make with leftover turkey or make it with chicken if you don't have any turkey!
- 2 cups cooked brown rice (see notes)
- 3 cups diced leftover turkey, cut in 1/2 inch dice
- 16 oz. brown mushrooms, washed, thickly sliced, slices cut in half
- 2 tsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil (or more, depending on your pan)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth (see notes)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups Four Cheese Mexican Blend
- 1 onion, diced into small pieces
- 2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. ground poultry seasoning (see note after the recipe if you don’t have poultry seasoning)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Cook brown rice following package directions or using a rice cooker. (I used my much-loved Zojirushi Rice Cooker (affiliate link) to make the rice).
- Preheat oven to 375F/190C and spray a glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray. (I used an 8.5 inch X 12.5 inch dish, but it could have been slightly smaller.)
- Dice up enough leftover turkey or chicken to make about 2 cups.
- Wash mushrooms and spin dry or dry with paper towels. Cut mushrooms into thick slices, then cut slices in half.
- Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in heavy non-stick pan and saute mushrooms until they’re starting to brown and all liquid has evaporated. Remove mushrooms to a plate.
- While the mushrooms cook, whisk together sour cream and chicken stock (or turkey stock), then stir in coarsely grated parmesan cheese and 1 cup grated low-fat cheese.
- In same frying pan where you cooked the mushrooms, add 1 tsp. more olive oil and heat, then add onions and saute 3-4 minutes until onions are softened.
- Add thyme, Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link), salt, and pepper, and cook about 2 minutes more.
- After onions are cooked, turn off heat, add mushrooms and diced turkey into pan with the onion-herb mixture, and stir to combine.
- Add rice and gently stir until all the meat and vegetables are evenly distributed in the rice.
- Gently stir the sour cream mixture into the rice mixture.
- Spoon the mixture into the casserole dish and press down to evenly distribute. Sprinkle with second cup of grated low-fat cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake about 20 minutes more, or until cheese is melted and lightly browned and the casserole is bubbling.
- Serve hot.
- Leftovers will keep in the fridge for several days and can be reheated in a microwave or in a pan. This casserole also freezes well.
Long grain brown rice is best for this recipe; I use lower-glycemic Uncle Ben's Brown Rice (affiliate link). This is great made with homemade chicken stock (or turkey stock) but make with chicken broth from a can if you don't have that.
Poultry Seasoning (affiliate link) usually has ingredients like sage, white pepper, red and green bell pepper, lemon peel, savory, rosemary, dill weed, allspice, thyme, marjoram, and ginger. If you don’t have it, just use a pinch of what you have.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 393mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 22g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Leftover Turkey Casserole isn’t super high in carb; check the nutritional information to see what yo think. If you want a low-carb casserole with these flavors, try my Low-Carb Turkey Casserole that uses cauliflower rice. With ingredients like brown rice, mushrooms, and turkey, if you use low-fat cheese as recommended this Leftover Turkey Casserole would be a good option for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2009. It’s been popular through the years, and the recipe has been updated with better photos. The post was last updated with more information in 2022.
56 Comments on “Leftover Turkey Casserole”
Even finicky husband said “make this again” (wow!). I changed it up a bit: used ground turkey, sautéed with the onions & some garlic. Didn’t have fresh mushrooms, but used this nifty mushroom powder (nom nom paleo’s “magic mushroom powder) instead. This recipe goes in the permanent file :). Good job! And, thank you.
So glad you enjoyed. I need to check out that mushroom powder!
I too was googling what to do with leftover turkey and found this recipe which was just what i was looking for. However, in case any of your other readers had this question, I didn’t see a temperature at which to bake the casserole so I baked it at 375 (the same as I’d do for a lasagna) and it came out great!
It says in the recipe “Preheat oven to 375F/190C and spray a glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray.” So you were right on!
I don’t comment on recipes often, but this was really tasty! The only thing I would note in the recipe would be to use a 10 to 12 inch skillet. I ended up having to transfer a lager vessel as I didn’t review the recipe well enough before starting. Haste makes waste! Definitely 5 Stars from me!
Thanks for taking time to comment; so glad you enjoyed it!
This is my favorite recipe from your site, I make it quite often! How do you think this would fare using cauliflower rice? Thinking of trying it tonight!
Laura, you might want to check out this similar turkey casserole that uses cauliflower rice to see how I adapted it. Definitely you would want less liquid in the sauce because the cauliflower rice won't absorb any liquid the way rice does. Let me know how it works! I may have to try this one myself.
Perfect, thanks Kayln! I'll let you know how it turns out!
Could you use quinoa instead of rice? If I have no leftover chicken or turkey, would raw sliced chicken work?
I wouldn't use raw chicken; I'd cook briefly in stock or water and then cut it up. I'm not sure how quinoa would work since I've never made it that way. I think the cooking time might be a bit long for pre-cooked quinoa, but that's only a guess.
Made a double-batch of this and followed the recipe almost exactly. I used Asiago cheese instead of Parmesan since that's what I had on hand. I also used Cheddar instead of a blend because that's also what I had on hand. I might have added a bit extra turkey.
It's delicious. Creamy. Tasty. Comforting. I packaged it in portion-sized bags, vacuum sealed, and freeze for future easy meals!
Nikki, so glad you are enjoying it!
Nancy, what a good idea, so glad you enjoyed it!
Hi! Just made this! Used the mushroom water from sautéing instead of stock. AMAZING! Thank you!!!!
Samantha, I love hearing it was such a hit! Now I wish I had made this with my own leftover turkey!