I found this Leftover Turkey Curry Recipe online and made some modifications after making it. While I really like turkey for a meal or two, we usually have a lot leftover and don’t know what to do with it because plain turkey gets tiresome fast.
The real key is to find ways to add a lot of flavor to leftover turkey so that you do not think you are just eating turkey for another meal.
This dish not only made it palatable, it actually was very good and very enjoyable to the entire family. This same dish would work with chicken as well, but there are a lot of different things you can do with chicken. Turkey seems more challenging so I keep this dish for those after holiday leftover strategies.
Also, if you are using this Leftover Turkey Curry recipe a few days after Thanksgiving or Christmas, it is a great way to feel like you are having a completely different and exotic dish since your family is probably tired of having holiday leftovers again and again.
Also, around holidays a whole turkey can be a very good and affordable item to buy, and if you keep it frozen you can later make turkey dishes that are not holiday-centric.
Leftover Turkey Curry Recipe
- Wok or large pan
- 2 tbsp Curry Powder
- 1/2 tbsp Ground Ginger
- 4 tbsp Butter
- 1.5 Cups Onions Diced
- 2 Cups Chicken Broth Low Sodium
- 2 tbsp Flour
- 3 cups Turkey cooked and diced
- 1/2 cup Pea and Carrot Mix Frozen Vegetables or Fresh Cut
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 3 tbsp Cilantro Minced
- 2 cups White or Brown Rice cooked
- Prep Ingredients
- In large pan or wok, melt butter and add curry powder, stir for 2 minutes
- Add onions and stir regularly until onions are tender
- Add ginger and flour, continue to stir and do not let clump
- Add peas, carrots and chicken broth and bring to boil. Turn down heat and let simmer for 5 minutes uncovered.
- Add turkey and cover, let simmer for 5-10 minutes
- Add lemon juice and cilantro
- Serve with rice and naan for a great meal
Nan is easy to make and goes well with this dish. It is a simple Indian flatbread which is a perfect compliment with saucy dishes like leftover turkey curry. You can look up recipes with nan that is stuffed with potatoes (maybe leftover mash potatoes?) or sauteed onion and garlic.
In case you are wondering, a frozen raw turkey is best used within 7 months but can be used 2-3 years if it is kept frozen. If you freeze cooked turkey you can use it safely for 2-3 months after you freeze it.