Recipe: Leftover Turkey Curry

Not sure what to do with Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey leftovers? Try this nutritious and savory recipe for creamy leftover turkey curry.

After the last slice of Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey has been eaten, don't let the leftovers go to waste. Instead of the usual turkey sandwich, whip up this easy and delicious leftover turkey coconut curry recipe in just 30 minutes.

Creamy coconut milk and aromatic spices make this curry recipe perfect for chilly weeknights on the go. Serve on a bed of basmati rice or on fluffy cauliflower rice for a low-carb option. 



1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 Tbsp. ginger, chopped

1 Tbsp. curry powder

1 tsp. garam masala

½ tsp. ground coriander

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 cup chicken or vegetable stock, low sodium

¼ cup lite coconut milk, or more to taste

½ lb. turkey leftovers, shredded

1 cup frozen or leftover green beans, 1” pieces

4 oz. baby spinach (about 4 cups)

2 cups cooked brown rice

4 Naan flatbread, optional


1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan.

2. Add the onion and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened.

3. Stir in the garlic and ginger and continue to cook for another minute until fragrant. Add the ginger, curry powder, garam masala, coriander, and cinnamon and stir to combine.

4. Add the tomato paste, stock, and coconut milk. Stir to combine, then simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until the curry thickens.

5. Add the turkey and green beans, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce thickens further and greens beans are heated through.

6. Add the baby spinach to the pan, cover with a lid and simmer for 2 minutes until the spinach wilts.

7. Divide rice among 4 bowls and serve curry over rice or with naan bread if desired. For food safety purposes, enjoy within 2 hours of preparation.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/4 Recipe

Calories: 300

Total Fat9g12%
Saturated Fat2.4g12%
Trans Fat0g 
Total Carbohydrate34g


Dietary Fiber5g18%
Total Sugars3g 
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%

This recipe was created in partnership with CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and adapted from

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This post was originally posted on 10/6/2023