Easy Leftover Turkey Curry

Searching for an Easy Leftover Turkey Curry recipe? Then this is it; who doesn't like a Boxing day curry?!

There are many different easy leftover turkey curry recipes but it has to be said my latest invention is one of the best yet.


Although I haven't tried them I've seen Jamie Oliver has a few leftover turkey recipes. All great for using up leftover turkey at Thanksgiving or of course Christmas.

Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients, most are just spices and it's really easy to make.

You start off by making a simple spice paste of onions, ginger, garlic and chillies. Fry them gently along with cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and throw in a cinnamon stick.

Then you add coconut milk, tomatoes and soft brown sugar and a little chicken stock and cook till done. Continue reading for the full recipe and a printer-friendly recipe card.

This curry is slightly sweet tasting yet very nicely spiced. Of course, you can make this with leftover chicken too.

Top Tips!

Since the turkey has been reheated this recipe is NOT suitable for freezing.

You will need a small food processor for this recipe in order to whiz up the sauce ingredients.

Buy good quality tinned tomatoes or the sauce won't be half as nice.

Tinned Tomatoes:
I always use Cirio tinned tomatoes. I used to think the brand Napolina was the best, that was until I tried Cirio.

Cirio tinned tomatoes

If you can get them they are a little bit on the expensive side but once you try them you will be converted. I only buy them in Tesco or Waitrose when they are half price, which is quite often.

Handy to have:
A mini food processor of some sort is such a handy kitchen gadget, and you cook a lot you'll find one is kind of a necessity. Something like this one will be fine, although you can pay a lot cheaper.

I believe this one can cope with Parmesan or similar hard cheese, but many others can't. This is just an example, so have a look around for the best that suits you.

Bruan MultiQuick Hand Blender

Yield: 2-4
Author: Jan Bennett
Easy Leftover Turkey Curry

Easy Leftover Turkey Curry

The most popular leftover turkey recipe on my blog! You can, of course, make this with chicken. Don't' forget this recipe is NOT suitable for freezing since the turkey has been reheated.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 50 Min


For the sauce
  • 1 large onion
  • a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger - peeled
  • 3 fat garlic cloves - peeled
  • 2 red chillies - deseeded
Other ingredients
  • a couple of tablespoons of ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons of hot chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons of garam masala
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes - get good quality ones your curry sauce will not be as nice
  • 250ml full fat coconut milk
  • about 2 teaspoons of soft brown sugar - you can adjust to taste later
  • 1/2 of a Knorr chicken stock cube dissolved in just 100ml of boiling water
  • a good handful or two of cooked turkey 
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • chopped coriander to serve


Start by making the paste for the sauce
  1. Pop the onion, ginger, garlic and chillies into a food processor along with a splash of water and whiz it up till you have a nice paste.
Once the paste for the sauce is made, carry on with the recipe
  1. Once you've whizzed up your onions, ginger, garlic and chillies heat up the ghee in a large frying pan and throw in the paste. 
  2. Over a medium heat, cook until the onions have softened and begin to colour up a bit - 15 mins.
  3. Now add the spices and the cinnamon stick and cook for a couple of minutes till your kitchen smells delicious.
  4. Add the tin of tomatoes including the juice, coconut milk, chicken stock and sugar.
  5. Add a tiny pinch of salt and a good pinch of black pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes.
  6. Have a taste and add the turkey - adjust the seasoning and add more sugar if you think it needs it.
  7. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes or until everything is piping hot and remove the cinnamon stick.
  8. Serve straight away topped with chopped coriander and some nice rice.
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  1. I hope that 2013 is rich in experiences, filled with love and happiness and of course great food just like this jan. Have a safe and happy New Year. Keep smiling it is contagious.

  2. I cooked your Left-over Turkey Curry and it was excellent, the best meat curry and the best Left-over Turkey dish I have ever done. Cheers, will look around here some more!

  3. But it didn't look as good as yours, Mine was a bit more of a brown indistinct colour! I did use a lot of spice though! Lovely! Didn't have a proper food processer and used the blender, will try just chopping by hand.

  4. Hi Ben thanks for your kind words and so pleased you liked this recipe!


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