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Coconut-Lime Turkey and Rice Soup

Coconut-Lime Turkey and Rice Soup is a great idea for leftover turkey, and you can substitute cauliflower rice to make this a low-carb soup! Make this tasty soup with chicken if you don’t have any turkey! 

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I’ve offered up a lot of recipes using leftover turkey through the years, but this Coconut-Lime Turkey and Rice Soup was different than any leftover turkey soup I’ve made, with a slightly spicy broth, lime juice, and coconut milk as the base of the soup. I used cilantro but if you’re not a cilantro fan the original recipe used basil, and I’d love this with Thai Basil if I had some. If you don’t have any fresh herbs, I think thinly sliced green onions would also be nice.

And now that I’ve become a fan of low-carb recipes with cauliflower rice, I would absolutely switch out the rice that’s added at the end for frozen cauliflower rice to make this a low-carb soup! That would make this eligible to join my other Low-Carb Recipes for Leftover Turkey! When I make this again I might shred the turkey apart into chunks instead of cutting it, but that’s the only thing I’d change, and this definitely going to be a repeater at my house!

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How to Make Coconut-Lime Turkey and Rice Soup:

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  1. I used 2 cups of leftover turkey, and next time I’d shred the turkey into pieces instead of cutting it.
  2. You’ll need fresh ginger root to make this recipe (don’t even think of substituting ground ginger!) Slice about 6 slices of ginger to simmer in the broth.
  3. The ginger is simmered with chicken stock, garlic cloves, lime juice, soy sauce, and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or a sweetener of your choice to make a flavorful base for the soup.
  4. Then remove the garlic and ginger pieces and add the diced or shredded leftover turkey (or chicken), coconut milk, and some Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), or use a fresh chile pepper if you prefer.
  5. Simmer that for about 6 minutes without letting it come to a boil.
  6. Add 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice or Cauliflower Rice (affiliate link) and cook a couple minutes more, just long enough that the rice is hot. (I first made this with Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice that I had in the freezer and just thawed it in the microwave. Now I would use frozen cauliflower rice that cooks in the bag in the microwave.)
  7. While the rice simmers in the soup, wash and finely chop the cilantro, basil, or Thai basil, or sliced green onions whichever you’re using.
  8. Stir in the chopped herbs or green onions, simmer a minute or two more and serve hot.
  9. Sliced limes to squeeze into the soup would be nice for serving.

Want More Turkey Soup Ideas?

Check out Low-Carb and Keto Turkey Soup Recipes for lots more ideas for tasty soups with turkey, chicken, or ground turkey!

Even More Great Soups to Make With Leftover Turkey or Chicken:

Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Turkey Soup Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Greek Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Seven Leftover Turkey Soup Recipes ~ Soup Chick

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

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Coconut-Lime Turkey and Rice Soup

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Coconut-Lime Turkey and Rice Soup is a delicious idea for leftover turkey (or chicken) and if you use cauliflower rice this will be a low-carb soup.


  • 3 cups homemade chicken broth (see notes)
  • 3 T fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 6 thin slices fresh ginger root
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, sliced in half
  • 1 1/2 T soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Golden Monkfruit Sweetener
  • 1 can coconut milk (see notes)
  • 2 cups leftover diced turkey (I would shred the turkey into small pieces next time)
  • 1/2 tsp. green Tabasco sauce (see notes)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (see notes)


  1. Slice 5-6 thin slices of ginger root.
  2. Peel 2 medium garlic cloves and slice in half.
  3. Put homemade chicken stock or chicken broth into a heavy soup pot and bring to a low simmer, then add ginger root slices, garlic cloves, lime juice, soy sauce, and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, or sweetener of your choice.
  4. Let simmer on low for about 20 minutes, or until flavors are well blended.
  5. While the soup base simmers, shred apart the leftover turkey into bite-sized pieces until you have 2 cups.
  6. After 20 minutes remove the garlic and ginger pieces and add diced turkey, coconut milk, and Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) or other hot sauce to the soup and let it continue to simmer on low about 6 minutes more.
  7. Be sure the heat is low enough that the soup won’t boil after the coconut milk has been added.
  8. After 6 minutes add the cooked brown rice or pre-cooked Cauliflower Rice (affiliate link) and let it simmer for a couple of minutes while you wash and chop the cilantro (or other herbs of your choice.)
  9. Add chopped herbs or green onions and simmer for 1-2 minutes more.
  10. Serve hot, with sliced limes to squeeze into the soup if desired.


I would use homemade chicken stock if you have some, but you can substitute 2 cans chicken broth if needed. I love Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) but use any sweetener yo prefer. Use light or full fat coconut milk, whichever you prefer. Use more or less hot sauce to taste. Use any hot sauce you prefer if you don't have Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link). If you don't like cilantro, use 1/4 cup chopped basil, Thai basil, or sliced green onions.

I used Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice. Use less rice or use Cauliflower Rice (affiliate link) for a low carb version.

Nutritional information is for the soup made with brown rice.

Recipe adapted from Coconut-Lime Chicken Soup from The Sunset Cookbook (affiliate link).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 484Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 1132mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g

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.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

When it’s made with cauliflower rice, this Coconut-Lime Turkey (or Chicken) and Rice Soup would be suitable for low-carb and low-glycemic diets. The cauliflower rice version would also work for The South Beach Diet, but South Beach would prefer light coconut milk.

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    38 Comments on “Coconut-Lime Turkey and Rice Soup”

  1. Dana, I liked it a lot, and definitely different than the traditional Thanksgiving flavors.

  2. This looks seriously delicious! Definitely a way to use leftover turkey while staying away from those traditional Thanksgiving flavors!

  3. Amanda, so glad you liked it. I think Sriracha is a great choice for this soup!

  4. I made the soup and it was delicious! I used sriracha for the hot sauce- I think that was a good move! Thanks for a great recipe

  5. This does remind me quite a bit of a Thai chicken soup, but without the lemongrass and with lime standing in for the kaffir lime leaves.

  6. Oh this reminds me of tom kha! It looks delicious and I really hope I have enough turkey leftovers to try it! And there is always chicken if I don't!

  7. Actually I just made the turkey about a week ago. I'm hoping I get some leftover turkey today so I can make this again!

  8. Great job. I really like the flavor combinations. A great soup for the frigid seasin. Keep up the good work!

  9. Haha this is why I adore you Kalyn. You're always looking out for us. Even if it means making thanksgiving food a month early 😛 This sounds absolutely delicious! Love those tropical flavors.

  10. This soup looks delicious! I'm going to have to try this!

  11. Thanks for the nice thoughts about this soup guys. I loved it!

    Paula, my dad lives in an assisted living center, and the food is pretty bad, so I try to take him lunch twice a week. He only has a microwave, toaster oven, and a George Foreman mini-grill, no stove, so I have to get pretty creative. But it's worth it because dad loves the food when I bring him things.

  12. So Kalyn, Do you always cook a meal and take it when you go to eat with your Dad twice a week? Wow! He's a lucky guy.

  13. Now I'm really looking forward to leftovers this weekend. Love the taste of lime to brighten up the heavy food from the holidays.

  14. Kalyn, this is exactly the kind of turkey soup recipe I like because the flavors in it are completely different from the ones at the Thanksgiving feast. Such a nice change!

  15. Great idea!
    I love leftover turkey quesadillas.
    Have a happy turkey day, Kalyn.

  16. Amanda, I have to agree that leftover turkey sandwiches (on foldover rolls with lots of mayo and mustard only for me) are hard to beat! This this soup was really good for something different.

  17. I'm a fan of the Thanksgiving sandwich- stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes all on some bread.

    BUT this is so different! I can't wait to try it.

  18. Glad you like the recipe. I do think recommending recipes where turkey can sub for chicken sounds like a great idea.

    TW, no way I will be tired of turkey (although truthfully I'm more into the side dishes!)

  19. This looks delicious – I wonder if you will have had your fill of turkey by Thursday?

  20. Definitely a unique recipe for leftover turkey! Love the ginger in the broth idea….

    Ok, If youre a REAL food blogger like you you make a turkey just to demo leftover recipes. Shortcutters like me just think of chicken recipes, and say "use turkey instead!" Voila! Leftover recipe.

    Have a blissful holiday!