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 recipes 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!

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Turkey Chili

A large stockpot filled with homemade Turkey Chili, ready to serve.
5 from 129 votes

Turkey Chili

This healthy Turkey Chili recipe is packed full of lean protein, veggies, and so much flavor! It's simple to make and the perfect comfort meal on a cold day. It stores well and freezes great so make a big batch.
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Only takes 20 minutes to make, this Turkey Chili is healthy and so flavorful! Perfect on a chilly day. Just toss in some chopped turkey at the end.

Turkey and Dumplings

A close-up picture of Chicken and Dumpling Soup, sprinkled with parsley.
5 from 1070 votes

Chicken and Dumplings

This old fashioned Chicken and Dumplings recipe is easy and comforting, made with homemade dumplings and loaded with vegetables and chicken. It's the perfect soup to make on a cold day.
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Made with the most delicious homemade dumplings, it’s healthier than the ones found at the store and tastes so much better! Just use turkey in place of the chicken. Everyone in my family gets excited when this soup is for dinner.

Turkey Pot Pie

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5 from 1005 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 is one of the most perfect recipes following Thanksgiving! I like make an extra batch of my homemade pie crust when I’m making my Thanksgiving pies, to use for this Chicken Pot Pie after. Just substitute turkey instead of chicken.

Turkey Casserole

A white oval baking dish filled with an Easy Chicken Casserole recipe, topped with a crunchy cornflake topping.
4.84 from 423 votes

Chicken Casserole

Your family will love this easy Chicken Casserole recipe made with minute rice, chicken, celery, a creamy sauce to hold it together, with buttered cornflakes crushed on top.
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This casserole is the epitome of comfort food. Just use leftover turkey instead of chicken, and this simple dish will leave your whole family feeling happy.

Dirty Rice

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5 from 158 votes

Dirty Rice

This easy Dirty Rice recipe is a popular Cajun dish made with white rice that becomes "dirty" in color when cooked with beef, sausage, chicken, veggies and spices. It's made in just one pot and is a hearty, flavorful meal everyone will love!
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I love one pot meals, especially after cooking a big meal like Thanksgiving. This dirty rice is flavorful, fresh, and so easy to make! Just use your leftover turkey in place of the chicken.

Turkey Divan

An easy Chicken Divan recipe out of the oven and ready to serve.
4.91 from 66 votes

Chicken Divan

The best Chicken Divan recipe is made with rice, broccoli, chicken and a creamy curry sauce. It's a healthier version of the traditional chicken divan casserole, and your family will LOVE it!
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This creamy casserole really makes the leftover turkey shine! Just use your leftover turkey instead of chicken and the entire meal can be prepped in advance. It’s so quick since the turkey is already cooked.


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4.97 from 82 votes


This easy homemade Calzones recipe includes pizza dough stuffed with your favorite pizza toppings, making a fun customizable dinner that everyone loves. Calzones can be made in advance or frozen for an easy freezer meal.
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Everyone’s favorite, these Calzones are fun for the whole family to make. Chop up leftover turkey and use it along with your other favorite pizza toppings. Makes a great freezer meal too!

Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad in a large serving bowl, ready to serve.
4.91 from 10 votes

Orzo Pasta Salad

Our favorite Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad recipe is bursting with fresh flavor, and ready in just 30 minutes! Serve it cold or warm, as a main course, or the perfect side to accompany any dish!
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This pasta salad is quick to make, tastes so fresh, and adding your turkey instead of the chicken will make it a complete meal! I love to eat this for lunch following Thanksgiving.

Turkey Tetrazzini

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4.93 from 66 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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Transform your leftover turkey into an entirely different meal. This Turkey Tetrazzini is simple, made from scratch, and something the whole family will love. Just substitute turkey for the cooked chicken.

Cottage Pie

An easy Cottage Pie recipe in a cast iron pan with some meat and vegetable gravy showing under the layer of cheesy mashed potatoes.
4.98 from 384 votes

Cottage Pie (or Shepherd’s Pie)

This easy Cottage Pie recipe has a flavorful gravy with ground beef, ground sausage, and mixed vegetables topped with fluffy mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese.
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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)

Arroz Chaufa

Peruvian Fried Rice served in a white bowl with chopsticks.
5 from 27 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!

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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4.93 from 57 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!

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.
4.99 from 105 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.

One Pan Jambalaya

An easy Jambalaya recipe in a white bowl, ready to serve.
5 from 438 votes

One Pan Jambalaya

This easy Jambalaya recipe is healthy comfort food made in just one pan! It's loaded with chicken, sausage, veggies, and bold cajun flavors your family will love.
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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!

Spicy Turkey Soup

A bowl of Spicy Chicken Soup garnished with sliced avocado and cheese.
5 from 100 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!


Gumbo with sausage and shrimp in a bowl with white rice.
4.96 from 3997 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. 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!

Smothered Green Chili Turkey Burritos

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4.95 from 154 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).

Cajun Turkey Flatbread

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5 from 5 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)

Turkey Cranberry Almond Wrap

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4.75 from 4 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 10 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!

Turkey Club Wrap

A turkey wrap in a flour tortilla, cut in half, served in a wooden board.
4.94 from 15 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.

I originally shared this recipe November 2018. Updated November 2023.

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  1. Thank you for what you share. I was married 59 yrs June 14th/22 and June 27th /22 I lost my husband, we both cooked, and I still love to try new things, as I have our 55 yr old downs son.
    BUT times would like simple, good meals, and appreciate your things, 5 STAR

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  3. 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!!