The BEST Low-Carb Recipes for Leftover Turkey or Chicken
Here are The BEST Low-Carb Recipes for Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) for anyone who wants to get right back on the low-carb plan after turkey day is over! Use Recipe Round-Ups to find more low-carb and Keto round-ups like this one. And here’s the link for Thanksgiving Recipes if you’re still working on your menu!
I’m sharing The BEST Low-Carb Recipes for Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) on the day before Thanksgiving, because by tomorrow I’m going to be too busy thinking about holiday houseguests and preparing Thanksgiving dinner to be posting anything here. I have 30+ people coming to my house for Thanksgiving dinner, and believe it or not that’s a relatively small group for my family! But I’m excited that six of my siblings will be at my house this year, some of whom have kids who are going elsewhere for the holiday!
I’m cooking a turkey and making stuffing muffins, and I might make Sweet Potato Gratin, but I don’t think I’ll make much more than that because although I assigned everyone in my family one or two things to bring for dinner, most of them are bringing a lot more than that! It wouldn’t be a Denny family party unless we had three or four times as much food as we needed. And having leftovers will be good because we have other members of the extended family who can’t make it to dinner at my house but they’ll stop by later for turkey sandwiches and pie.
And after I hit publish on this post I’m probably going to take the rest of the week of from the blogs and spend time with my family. I hope everyone else who’s celebrating will have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and if you’re lucky enough to have leftover turkey I hope you enjoy trying some of these recipes. And if you’re not so worried about low-carb options for the leftover turkey, there’s also a good collection of Twenty-Five Deliciously Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) with more options, some of which are a bit higher in carbs.
I’ve included ideas for leftover turkey *and* chicken in this recipe round-up because of course anything you make with leftover chicken is also great made with leftover turkey, and vice-versa. So remember some of these ideas for those times when you buy a rotisserie chicken and only eat part of it.
This Low-Carb Turkey Casserole with Mushrooms, Mozzarella, and Cauliflower Rice has been wildly popular on the blog and this tasty casserole is also gluten-free. Even people who aren’t especially fans of cauliflower rice will like this one!
If you forced me to pick my favorite turkey soup, I might choose this Low-Carb Turkey Soup with Zucchini Noodles. Truthfully, I was kind of surprised how well the zucchini noodles worked in a soup with turkey.
If you’d like an idea for leftover turkey or chicken that’s a bit less traditional, Indian food fans will love this Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Salad with Indian Spices, Lemon, and Cilantro. This is seriously so tasty!
If you use the version with cauliflower rice for this tasty Greek Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup this is a delicious low-carb soup that can also be made with turkey!
Cheesy Creamy Low-Carb Chicken Broccoli Curry Casserole is another popular chicken recipe that can be easily made with turkey, and if you like the sound of cheesy, creamy, and curry, you’ll love this dish.
Arugula fans like myself might like to use some of their leftover turkey in this Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes. This is great for a lunch salad.
I love all things that have lemon, so this Slow Cooker Lemony Turkey (or chicken) Soup with Spinach and Orzo is an idea I’d love for leftover turkey. If you want to make this low-carb, just use cauliflower rice to replace the orzo and add towards the end of the cooking time.
Another great lunch idea for leftover turkey would be to swap out the chicken for turkey in this Low-Carb Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing. I’d never get tired of this for lunch!
This West African Chicken and Peanut Stew with Chiles, Ginger, and Green Onions is another favorite of mine that could be definitely be made with leftover turkey!
I’m a huge fan of Vietnamese food, and this Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Cilantro would also be delicious with leftover turkey.
I used ground turkey in this Low-Carb Turkey, Mushroom, and Zucchini Noodle Soup, but the recipe also has instructions for making the soup with leftover turkey.
And finally, one of the most popular chicken salads on the blog is this Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro, and if you like these flavors this would be a wonderful low-carb idea for leftover turkey too!
More Low-Carb Recipes Using Leftover Turkey:
15 Low-Carb Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers ~ All Day I Dream About Food
20 Ways to Repurpose Low-Carb Thanksgiving Leftovers ~ Peace, Love, and Low-Carb
Low-Carb Smoky Bacon and Turkey Chowder ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Low-Carb Keto Leftover Turkey Casserole ~ My PCOS Kitchen
Leftover Turkey Cobb Salad Stack ~ Keto Adapted
Low-Carb Chicken (or Turkey) Salad with Curry ~ Low-Carb Maven
What’s your favorite way to use leftover turkey or chicken? Tell us about it in the comments!