I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! Leftovers from the Thanksgiving feast could be my favorite part. We usually enjoy leftover pie for days, I love leftover turkey because you can use it to make so many more meals throughout the week. From sandwiches, soups, and pastas, to hashes and pies–the options are endless!

a collage of several different dinner recipes using leftover turkey

Turkey Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

A piece of homemade Chicken Pot Pie on a plate.
4.96 from 69 votes

Chicken Pot Pie

This homemade Chicken Pot Pie recipe could be the king of all comfort foods! It is easy to make, freezer friendly, and a meal the whole family is excited about! To take this recipe to the next level, try using my homemade pie crust!
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This pot pie is awesome. I didn’t change a thing. Yuummo!

Mary, Rhode Island

For turkey pot pie, simply substitute cooked and shredded turkey.This is also a great freezer friendly meal.  I love to make two pies and freeze the second.  See details for freezing pot pie in the post.

Turkey Tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini

A baking dish filled with homemade Chicken Tetrazzini.
4.81 from 26 votes

Chicken Tetrazzini

This delicious Chicken Tetrazzini recipe the epitome of comfort food, made easily from scratch, and a meal that will please the pickiest eaters.
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I just wanted to let you know how much I love your recipes! I have made a few now, and they never disappoint…this one included!! And I love that you give a recipe for homemade condensed soup as this isn’t something I would normally buy. Keep up the great work!!

Mary, Rhode Island

Simply substitute turkey for a delicious family dinner. Kids and adults love this comforting pasta and you’ll love that it’s a 30-minute meal! I’ve included tips for making it healthier including a homemade cream of anything soup.

Cottage Pie

Overhead photo of a cast iron pan with baked cottage pie consisting of a meat and vegetable gravy mixture topped with mashed potatoes and melted cheddar cheese.
4.84 from 55 votes

Cottage Pie (or Shepherd’s Pie)

Easy Cottage Pie made with a mixture of ground beef, ground sausage, and mixed vegetables in a delicious gravy and baked under a layer of fluffy mashed potatoes.
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Cottage Pie is the perfect way to use up leftover turkey and mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. It’s the ultimate winter dinner.  I love to make a double batch and freeze the second for a quick and easy freezer meal.  Find directions for freezing in the post. (Sub cooked shredded turkey for cooked ground beef)

“Great recipe!”

Arroz Chaufa

Peruvian Fried Rice served in a white bowl with chopsticks.
5 from 16 votes

Arroz Chaufa

Arroz Chaufa is Peruvian Fried Rice made with rice, chicken, hot dogs, bell peppers, and onion in less than 20 minutes! It's delicious served as a main dish or a side dish, and is a great way to use leftover rice, meat and veggies.
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This family favorite Peruvian recipe is a fantastic way to use up leftover turkey. Replace the chicken with cooked and shredded turkey. This 15 minutes dinner is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or easy lunch!

“My kids love hot dogs and I love fried rice so we decided to give this a try. It was delicious and a fun way to mix things up!”

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and wild rice soup in a white soup bowl with a spoon, served on a wood board with another bowl of soup in the background.
4.91 from 41 votes

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, made with carrots, celery, chicken, and wild rice in a creamy and flavorful broth. Make it in the slow cooker or on the stove. 
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Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a cold day. This soup is thick, creamy, loaded with veggies, and the wild rice blend gives it a great flavor that you just can’t find with white rice. All you need to do is replace the cooked chicken with leftover shredded turkey at the end!

“I am always looking for new recipes for soup. I made this but doubled the recipe and my daughter who is a picky teenager or should I say honest teenager told me this was “the best soup I’ve ever made” Definitely a keeper !!! Thank you!!! My family loves this!!! So flavorful & creamy!”

“This is the best recipe for wild rice soup that I have come across! It’s creamy, tasty ( even when you don’t have all the spices) and it’s great after its been frozen. I did use the dollar rice box that was suggested.. still tastes amazing! Thank you for this recipe”

Loaded Enchiladas

A chicken enchilada with red sauce served on a white plate with a fork and a side of pico de gallo and cilantro.
4.98 from 48 votes

Loaded Chicken Enchiladas

Loaded Chicken Enchiladas are made with shredded chicken, rice, beans, corn, bell pepper, and onion mixed in a creamy sauce and topped with cheese and homemade red enchilada sauce.
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These delicious loaded enchiladas are so easy to make with your leftover turkey in place of cooked chicken. This recipe makes TWO 9×13” pans of enchiladas. I serve one for dinner and freeze the other in a disposable aluminum pan for later. You’ll love the healthier ingredients and a homemade enchilada sauce.

“My family LOVES these enchiladas and I love having a batch in the freezer for days I don’t feel like cooking! The homemade sauce is heavenly and gives them that extra something special. Thanks for the recipe!”

One Pan Jambalaya

Overhead photo of a large skillet filled with Jambalaya, including rice, chicken and sausage, with a wooden spoon in the skillet for serving.
4.96 from 73 votes

One Pan Jambalaya

This Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya dinner is healthy comfort food that is made in just one pan! 
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How about some yummy and healthy comfort food? Check out my 30-minute one-pan jambalaya. It is even easier to make with leftover turkey- just throw it in at the end in place of chicken. This recipe is loaded with veggies and bold cajun flavors that everyone loves!

“I have made this recipe a few times now due to family requests. It’s delicious and my adult kids fight over who is taking the leftovers for lunch. Easy to make but tastes like a lot more effort went into it. A hit in our household! Thanks for the recipe.”

Spicy Turkey Soup

A bowl of Spicy Chicken Soup garnished with sliced avocado and cheese.
5 from 55 votes

Spicy Chicken Soup

This Tex-Mex inspired Spicy Chicken Soup is bursting with rich, deep flavor from the spices added. It's hearty, and deliciously comforting.
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Healthy and hearty this soup is the perfect way to use up leftover turkey in place of cooked chicken. Not overly spicy and adaptable to taste, this delicious soup makes the perfect family dinner. Even my kids gobble this up!

“My husband and I make this every few weeks we love it so much! So glad you shared”


Gumbo with sausage and shrimp in a bowl with white rice.
4.89 from 951 votes

Authentic New Orleans Style Gumbo

This Authentic New Orleans Gumbo is made with a dark roux, vegetables, chicken, sausage, and shrimp, and served over rice.
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Seriously, this Gumbo is definitely in my top 3 favorite dinners and is totally authentic. Nothing tastes better on a cold winter day. We make a huge pot and enjoy it for days! (Sub shredded cooked turkey for rotisserie chicken). You will love it!

“This has become our Christmas eve dinner. Just finished making it actually. We have made changes here and there, started making our own Cajun seasoning, but no matter what, this amazing dish is what you can expect and look forward to at our kitchen table come Christmas. My 18-year-old says he looks forward to it more than the presents. Thanks for a great recipe that is now a new family tradition”

Smothered Green Chili Turkey Burritos

A plate with a smothered burrito and Mexican rice on it.
4.92 from 68 votes

Smothered Green Chile Chicken Burritos

These Smothered Burritos are filled with shredded chicken, cheese and spices, baked until crispy, and then smothered in the best homemade green chile sauce.
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Mexican Restaurant quality, delicious and freezable. Make a double batch–have half for dinner and freeze the rest for an easy dinner another night! Serve with Mexican Rice, black beans, or a fresh green salad. (Sub turkey for cooked chicken).

“Made them, loved them. Family loved them. Keeper recipe for sure. Sauce was amazing. Thank you.”

“My boyfriend, who grew up in New Mexico and is also a “snob” for authentic Mexican food, raves about these! So good and yes, the fresh tortillas make all the difference!”

Cajun Turkey Flatbread

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5 from 3 votes

Cajun Chicken Flatbread

Cajun Chicken Flatbread makes the perfect fun and easy dinner, appetizer, or football party food. A cajun garlic aioli sauce with all of your favorite toppings. 
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Pizza lovers will go crazy over this fun and easy dinner! All the best flavors including a tantalizing homemade cajun garlic aioli sauce make this flatbread a favorite all around. Perfect for party or game night. (Sub cooked shredded turkey for chicken)

“Made these for dinner tonight and they were amazing.”

Turkey Cranberry Almond Wrap

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4.67 from 3 votes

Turkey Cranberry Almond Wrap

This turkey cranberry almond wrap is the perfect way to use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce!
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The only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving leftovers. This delicious 1o minute wrap makes the easiest leftovers meal–you get all the amazing flavors of turkey and cranberry together, without feeling like you’re eating the exact same thing as the day before. We look forward to these every year!

“These were so so so good! I thought it sounded plain (I used plain Greek Yogurt) but the little bursts of cranberry mixed with the saltiness and crunchiness of the almonds gave it so much flavor. It’s so good that I’m adding it to my meal plan 2 weeks in a row. I can’t get enough. And it tastes good the next day, even wrapped up already, didn’t get the wrap soggy! I can’t get over how good this tastes!”

Turkey Club Wrap

A turkey wrap in a flour tortilla, cut in half, served in a wooden board.
4.75 from 4 votes

Turkey Club Wrap

Turkey Club Wraps filled with turkey (or rotisserie chicken), bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese and avocado. This 15-minute meal makes a great lunch or quick dinner and is nutrient packed to keep you full.
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These wraps are perfect for using that leftover Thanksgiving turkey. All your favorite club toppings like lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, and avocado wrapped up! Great for a healthy dinner or hearty lunch they are delicious, easy to make, and filling.

“YUMMY! These were a big hit!”

A hawaiian roll filled with apple cranberry turkey salad on a white plate. Several more sandwiches are visible in the background.

Apple Cranberry Turkey Salad Sandwiches from Inside Bru Crew Life

A metal rectangular pan filled with leftover turkey casserole.

Leftover Turkey Casserole from The Recipe Critic

Sub turkey for chicken

A pot with blue handles filled with leftover turkey soup.

Leftover Turkey Soup from I HeartNaptime

Two white bowls both filled with light turkey and corn chowder and topped with chives. The bowl closer to the camera sits on a napkin.

Light Turkey and Corn Chowder from Cookin’

Four halves of grilled turkey florentine sandwiches stacked on a white plate.

Grilled Turkey Florentine Sandwich from Love Grows Wild

A wooden spoon serving turkey alfredo ziti from a black pot.

Turkey Alfredo Ziti from The Gunny Sack

A cast iron skillet with containing cheesy turkey tamale pie and topped with cilantro, avocado and feta on a wood background.

Cheesy Turkey Tamale Pie from Half Baked Harvest

A textured white plate with two leftover turkey spring rolls along with a small white bowl containing sauce.

Leftover Turkey Springrolls from The Pioneer Woman

A crockpot with a blue rim full of leftover turkey chili.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili from Passion for Savings

Two halves of a turkey pesto panini stacked on parchment.

Turkey Pesto Panini from Damn Delicious

Several turkey enchiladas in a white dish topped with sauce, cheese, and cilantro.

Turkey Enchiladas from Creme de la Crumb

Two white bowls on a wood table filled with turkey pot pie soup and biscuits.

Turkey Pot Pie Soup from Cooking and Beer

Two quartered waffle cranberry cream cheese turkey sandwiches stacked on a wood platform.

Waffled Cranberry Cream Cheese Turkey Sandwiches from Neighbor Food Blog

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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. Thank you for the best turkey recipe! I’ve made it twice now and it’s been delicious both times. It’s completely alleviated my turkey anxiety. My only comment is that I followed the butterball recommended cooking time which was a bit less time and it was moist and perfect. Also the cranberry fluff ( with no marshmallows) was a huge hit! Happy Holiday Season!!