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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. Kalyns kitchen thank you for this information very helpful when it comes to understanding keto diet and i’m also grateful i found https://cutt.ly/ketoplus, it helped me not only lose the weight but keep it off, hope it helps others!

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  3. Thanks Jeanette; hope you're having a great day!

  4. Lots of great ideas for leftovers from the big day. Happy Thanksgiving Kalyn!

  5. Erin, thanks so much. So glad you like the ideas!

  6. I absolutely love this round up! Sharing it with my facebook fans today. Here's to eating well at the holidays (while still keeping it healthy too!)

  7. Some many great, healthy ideas. It would be nice to try a bite of each.

  8. Hope you had a really nice Thanksgiving Kalyn – lots of great ideas for leftovers! We simply layered all the leftovers in a casserole pan and reheated it. The boys love leftovers from Thanksgiving.

  9. Joe, so glad the recipes are helpful for you.

  10. Kalyn,

    Thank you so much for your Blog. We truly enjoy the recipes and find ourselves making adjustments based on our likes/dislikes. We have been SouthBeach dieters for 2 years and have found it important to find those likable alternatives.