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Healthy Recipes for Leftover Turkey or Chicken

Here are Healthy Recipes for Leftover Turkey or Chicken, and there are some long-time favorites in this collection! Check the links below if you want low-carb options for using leftover turkey!

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It’s Thanksgiving Day and every one who celebrates Thanksgiving has probably been up for a few hours putting the turkey in the oven, right? I’m going to be taking a few days off to enjoy the holiday, but first I wanted to update this collection of Healthy Recipes for Leftover Turkey or Chicken. If you’re lucky enough to have some leftover turkey I hope you find something here that catches your eye for an idea to use it!

I love, love, love Thanksgiving and the way it reminds us to be grateful for the blessings we have in our lives, and I hope all my readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving with plenty of leftover turkey! Now on to the healthy recipes for leftover turkey; enjoy!

Want strictly low-carb ideas for leftover turkey?

The recipes in this round-up are partly comfort food Thanksgiving leftovers, so even though they’re healthy recipes, not all of them are super low in carbs. If you want to see my  low-carb options for leftover turkey, check out Low-Carb and Keto Recipes for Leftover Turkey or Chicken or Low-Carb and Keto Turkey Soup Recipes!

Leftover Turkey Quesadillas with Green Chiles and Cheese might be the perfect dish for Thanksgiving leftovers if you want something quick and easy! I make these with low-carb tortillas, but use any tortillas you prefer.

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or chicken) found on KalynsKitchen.com

An after-Thanksgiving classic is this Leftover Turkey Casserole that has brown rice, mushrooms, and a creamy cheesy sauce, and this recipe is usually a hit with everyone!

A delicious option for leftover turkey that’s been wildly popular is this Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole. This one is actually fairly low in carbs, especially if you can find a Green Chile Enchilada Sauce that’s low in carbs.

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or chicken) found on KalynsKitchen.com

You can use turkey to make this Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole; this recipe uses low-carb flour tortillas, and it’s actually pretty low in carbs for a dish like this.

Layered Mexican Casserole with Chicken, Chiles, Pinto Beans, and Cheese finished casserole with one serving on plate

You can’t go wrong with using turkey in this Layered Mexican Casserole with Chicken and Pinto Beans.  This has been a hit with everyone I’ve made it for!

Slow Cooker Turkey Soup with Spinach and Lemon thumbnail image of finished soup

A recipe that’s a big favorite is this Slow Cooker Turkey Soup with Spinach and Lemon. Try using cauliflower rice instead of orzo if you want a low-carb and gluten-free version.

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or chicken) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Slow Cooker Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas can definitely be made with leftover turkey; I use low-carb tortillas for this but you can make it with any tortillas you’d like.

Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Topping finished dish with one serving in bowl

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Topping was a delicious way to use turkey leftovers, and it also uses leftover gravy. (Or just buy some gravy like we did so you can make this!) And if you check the nutritional information you may decide this is not too much of a splurge on carbs!

This Coconut-Lime Turkey and Rice Soup is one of the most interesting recipes for turkey soup I’ve ever tried.

25+ Recipes Using Leftover Turkey from KalynsKitchen.com

Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili is made with chicken breasts, but you could use white turkey meat to make this amazing chili as well. And that recipe just got updated with Instant Pot directions, so you can cook it on the stovetop or in the pressure cooker!

Turkey and Pinto Bean White Chili finished chili with toppings

For cilantro fans, this Turkey and Pinto Bean White Chili will be a hit. (To make with leftover diced turkey, just add the turkey towards the end of the cooking time.)

Twenty-Five+ Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Turkey (or chicken) found on KalynsKitchen.com

And last but not least, one thing I’ll for sure be making on Friday is these Leftover Turkey Pitas with Fresh Cranberry Salsa.

More Recipe Ideas for Leftover Turkey or Chicken:

Chicken, Black Bean, Avocado, and Radish Salad
Spicy Whole Wheat Sesame Noodles with Chicken
Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup
Chicken and Black Bean Salad
Slow Cooker Turkey Soup with Kale and Sweet Potatoes
Instant Pot Turkey Rice Soup with Cabbage

If you’ve tried one of these or you’ve got a good idea for using leftover turkey, tell us in the comments!

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    30 Comments on “Healthy Recipes for Leftover Turkey or Chicken”

  1. Thanks so much, go glad it has been good for you.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your break, and enjoy all the great things of being with family and loved ones!

    It's been a joy to follow your blog through the years, you are a source of inspiration!

  3. This is a delicious round up. Now I'm seriously hungry.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

  4. So glad you enjoyed it!

  5. I made your Layered Mexican Casserole W/Chicken for dinner tonight. My family loved it! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Thanks Diane, and I'm going to update this post, so it may be 25 ideas using turkey by the time you next see it!

  7. Just wanted to let you know that your recipe has been included in a turkey roundup today. I will be pinning and tweeting it too. Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Thankd Dara. I had a great Thanksgiving at my sister's house.

    Carrian, sadly, all my turkey is now gone.

    Jen, you're welcome. Hope you get to try some and enjoy them.

  9. Thanks so much for this list! I can't wait to try some of these recipes. The casseroles look delish and are gluten-free friendly 🙂 Yum!

  10. great ideas!! Heaven knows we have plenty to get rid of!

  11. Wow, what a fantastic list of recipes to use up that extra turkey. The Coconut-Lime Turkey & the sesame noodles have both caught my eye. I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday!

  12. Thanks all; so glad people like my suggestions. (And I wish I had more leftover turkey too!)

  13. Lovely sentiments, Kalyn, and wow on this recipe roundup! I was tickled to figure out 10 turkey leftover recipes for a roundup on my blog. 20 shows how many awesome recipes you have in general. Those soups look so appealing on this chilly morning, but I can also see how people could not resist that lasagna. It sure makes me wish I had some gluten-free lasagna noodles on hand. 😉 (Hmmm,maybe I should make some homemade gf lasagna?)

    Will leave a comment on the specific post, but wanted to also let you know that I did make your roasted green beans with red peppers. Oh my goodness, Kalyn, they are so good. 🙂 I can't wait to eat leftovers later today! 😉

    Belated happy Thanksgiving, dear! Hope you are having a fabulous time with your family!


  14. Now I wish I had more turkey left over! Great round-up of low-glycemic post-Thanksgiving recipes. I'm going to start with the soups (predictable, aren't I?).

  15. Wow, thanks for so many ideas for my leftover turkey. The West African Chicken and Peanut Stew looks amazing and I definitely will be trying that out.

  16. Happy Thanksgiving Kalyn. You have been an inspiration and roll model to so many.

  17. waw,… deliciouss,….

  18. CA, sorry but I have never heard of that. But I do have a new feature on the blog that lets you save recipes to your own recipe box through Ziplist. You can access it on any site that's signed up with Ziplist, so the file can never get lost.

    T.W., thanks so much and best wishes for you on Thanksgiving and every day!

  19. Happy Thanksgiving, Kalyn! Blessings to you and your family!

  20. Hey Kalyn! I tracked your blog down through forums for the YUM recipe manager software. I'm wondering if you still have a working copy of it? I made the mistake of not exporting the right kind of file before upgrading and now I can't see any of my recipes. 🙁 I'm trying to track down anyone that would be willing to open my file and export it again in the right format. There are only about 50 recipes, so it's not a large file.

    If you can help, I'd be eternally grateful!