Leftover Turkey recipes are here to save you from your post-Thanksgiving cooking rut. Leftover turkey can be turned into so many delicious meals – soups, casseroles, sandwiches, and more! 

I think I love the day after Thanksgiving even more than the actual holiday. Why? Leftover turkey for days! Is there anything better than a leftover turkey sandwich on a warm roll, topped with cranberry sauce? Or a “Thanksgiving bowl” as we like to call them, which is a bowl filled with leftover mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole and turkey, topped with turkey gravy and cranberries. When you think of those leftover Thanksgiving foods as ingredients, the possibilities are endless!

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Storage, Reheating, and Freezing Leftover Turkey

Storage – Leftover turkey can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. See below in the post for lots of recipe ideas to use it up!

Freezing – For longer storage, I love to freeze leftover turkey. Seal the turkey in an airtight, freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Reheating – While microwaving is always a reheating option, I prefer reheating in the oven for best results. You can add pieces of turkey to a baking dish with a little stock or broth, cover with foil, and reheat at 350 degrees F until warmed. Adding the stock and covering will help keep the turkey from drying out.

How to Cook Turkey

Even if you’re new to hosting Thanksgiving, I have several foolproof recipes to make a delicious turkey (or turkey breast).

Thanksgiving turkey, roasted and stuffed with onions, in a roasting pan
  1. Instant Pot Turkey Breast – Tender, juicy, and ready in an hour. You can even make your own gravy right in the Instant Pot!
  2. Roast Turkey Breast – Super flavorful thanks to the garlic herb butter, juicy meat, and crispy skin. 
  3. Air Fryer Turkey Breast – Roasting the turkey breast in the air fryer keeps your oven free for cooking all of the yummy sides.
  4. Best Thanksgiving Turkey – A foolproof turkey recipe with a simple, step-by-step tutorial so you can have a stress-free Thanksgiving!
  5. Grilled Turkey BreastIf you live in a warmer area, then fire up the grill to make your turkey and save oven space.

Leftover Turkey Recipes

Don’t get in a rut microwaving a plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy. There are tons of creative ways to use your leftovers, including casseroles, soups, and sandwiches.

Check out some perfect ways to use up leftovers.

Turkey Casseroles

  • Turkey Shepherd’s PieDelicious way to not only use leftover turkey, but leftover gravy and mashed potatoes too!
  • Turkey Tetrazzini CasseroleThis classic comfort food pasta bake is hearty and full of noodles, mushrooms, peas and turkey all coated in a rich and creamy cheese sauce and topped with a crispy, buttery breadcrumb topping. 
  • Turkey and Stuffing CasseroleCreamy, flavorful and loaded with tender turkey and vegetables with a crispy stuffing topping.
  • Easy Chicken Pot PieSwap in leftover turkey for the chicken to make a comforting pot pie with very little prep time.
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu ShellsSwap in turkey for the leftover chicken and stuff the pasta shells before covering in a flavorful cordon bleu sauce.
  • Cheesy Broccoli Turkey and Rice CasseroleCreamy and filling, this casserole is loaded with fresh broccoli, turkey, and brown rice.
  • Chicken EnchiladasSwap in turkey for the chicken to make a Mexican-inspired, family favorite. 

Turkey Soups

turkey soup in a white bowl

Turkey Sandwiches and Salads

  • Easy Turkey BLT WrapsTransform leftover turkey for an easy wrap that is ready for lunch on the go!
  • Turkey Cranberry Walnut Pasta SaladThe combination of tender pasta, tart cranberries, crunchy walnuts and a tangy sweet dressing, is the perfect pairing for leftover turkey.
  • Cranberry Chicken PuffsSwap in turkey for the chicken and pair with tart cranberries and cheese, all wrapped up in pillowy soft crescent roll dough. 
  • Cheesy Chipotle Turkey SlidersKing’s Hawaiian rolls are filled with leftover turkey, caramelized onions, smoky seasoning, sharp cheddar and topped with a delicious butter sauce.
  • Cranberry Chicken SaladSwap in turkey for the chicken and serve this salad on sandwiches or with crackers. 
  • Turkey Banh MiTangy turkey and a crunchy slaw on a toasted baguette for a perfect lunch or dinner. 
  • Mini Buffalo Turkey PizzasA 15 minute recipe that are perfect to serve a crowd for game day.
  • Chicken Salad Sandwiches swap the shredded chicken for turkey in this easy to make salad that’s perfect for sandwiches or lettuce wraps.
  • Healthy Turkey SaladLots of veggies and turkey are tossed with a delicious tahini dressing for a lighter meal.

What’s your favorite way to use up leftover? Let us know in the comments!

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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