wild turkey and potato chowder

5 Leftover Turkey Recipes

Not sure what to do with all that leftover turkey? If your refrigerator is full of turkey and you’re tired of the same old turkey sandwiches after the holidays, try these 5 new recipes. They all work well with precooked turkey, and are a great way to add some variety to your leftovers game. You might even find yourself looking forward to extra turkey!

Wild Turkey and Potato Chowder

wild turkey and potato chowder

With plenty of potatoes, diced vegetables, and a cream base, you can whip up this hearty and easy-to-make chowder with leftover turkey in very little time. Garnish with your favorite shredded cheese, diced chives, and, of course, bacon.

Get the recipe for Wild Turkey and Potato Chowder here.

Turkey Salad

This recipe from our Sporting Chef friend, Susie Jimenez, is a great way to repurpose your Thanksgiving turkey into a tasty appetizer or snack. Try it with crackers or cucumber rounds, or in a sandwich or wrap.

Get the recipe for Turkey Salad here.

Wild Turkey Red Curry

Upgrade your leftover turkey with this curry dish. I like to use Asian curry rather than Indian curry, which can bury the natural flavor of the meat. With red Asian curry paste, coconut milk, ginger, and lemongrass create a distinct taste without being overwhelming.

Get the recipe for Wild Turkey Red Curry here.

Quick Wild Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, you can make your own turkey stock out of a roasted wild turkey carcass and leg/thigh meat. But, if you’re short on time, chicken broth makes a good substitute. Just make sure to leave plenty of time to cook the wild rice; it takes longer to cook than regular rice.

Get the recipe for Wild Turkey and Wild Rice Soup here.

Wild Turkey Vegetable Soup

Leftover turkey thighs and legs? They are great for making soups and stews. I like to make this soup with carrots, celery, zucchini, and yellow squash, but use whatever looks best in your market. The secret to perfectly cooked vegetables? Add them at the end so they don’t turn to mush.

Get the recipe for Wild Turkey Vegetable Soup here.


  1. Chris Revello on November 23, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks Scott! Keep up the Amazing work!

  2. Dan on November 26, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Great recipes from an awesome Chef

  3. Darren on December 27, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    I’m looking forward to giving these a try.

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