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Leftover Turkey Curry

Who doesn't like a tasty boxing day curry? Ready in just 40 minutes this curry is packed full of flavour and is a great way to use up that seemingly never-ending amount of turkey!

Read on to find out what else you can do with all those leftovers.

Leftover turkey curry

Turkey Curry

This post was originally written in 2012 and so I thought it was time for it to have a make-over!

I've seen Jamie Oliver has a few leftover turkey recipes, although I haven't tried them, but they are all great for using up leftover turkey at Christmas or Thanksgiving, of course.

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

This curry is 'slightly' sweet-tasting, although you can control that simply by not adding as much brown sugar. It's nicely spiced and you can, of course, make this leftover chicken curry.

Important - Please read!

Since the turkey has been reheated this recipe is NOT suitable for freezing, or re-heating.

Tinned Tomatoes

I always use Cirio plum tomatoes; I used to think the brand Napolina was the best, that was until I tried Cirio. But with that said Naplolina are still good.

Tin of tomatoes

Money Saving Tips

If you can get Cirio tomatoes; okay 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 actually quite often and then I stock up!

Straight after Christmas (sometimes on Christmas eve), you can almost always buy a frozen turkey at half-price and then you can cook it and freeze it.

But before you freeze your leftovers, don't forget turkey sandwiches are most certainly the way to go for Boxing day lunch!

Onions and spices in a frying pan

Once the onions, chilli, garlic and spices have cooked nicely, add the tomato puree and cook for a minute more.

Now add the tinned tomatoes and coconut milk. Cook to reduce a little before adding the cooked turkey.

Turkey curry

Turkey Leftovers Recipes

Other leftover recipes on this blog include Bubble and Squeak and Leftover Chilli con Carne Quesadillas.

But you could always make a comforting Turkey Pie.

One of my favourites is leftover turkey with mashed potatoes and Piccalilli and homemade pickled onions.


Wait! You don't have any Leftover Turkey or Chicken?

No worries, you can always buy one of those ready-cooked rotisserie chickens you see in supermarkets - just avoid the one that is cooked in BBQ or any other kind of sauce.

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Turkey Curry Recipe

Yield: 4
Author: Jan Bennett
Easy Leftover Turkey Curry

Easy Leftover Turkey Curry

You can, of course, make this with chicken. Don't forget this recipe is NOT suitable for freezing or re-heating again since the turkey has now already been reheated.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 40 Min


  • 1 tablespoon of ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion - peeled and cut into small dice
  • a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger - peeled and very finely chopped
  • 2 fat garlic cloves - peeled and minced
  • 2 red chillies - deseeded - finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons of chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons of garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree (paste in the US)
  • 1 x 400g tin plum tomatoes - get good quality ones your curry sauce will not be as nice
  • 400ml full fat coconut milk
  • about 2 teaspoons of soft brown sugar - to taste later
  • ½ of a Knorr chicken stock cube - crumbled
  • 4 small handfuls of cooked turkey
  • black pepper - to taste
  • chopped coriander to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion while stirring for about 10 minutes, until softened but not coloured.
  2. Now add the ginger, garlic, chilli and spices and tomato puree. Cook for a couple of minutes until your kitchen smells delicious. 
  3. Add the tin of tomatoes including the juice, coconut milk along with the sugar, and crumble in the stock cube.
  4. Add a good pinch of black pepper and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer (do not cover) and cook for about 20 minutes.
  6. Have a taste of the sauce - fear not if it looks too liquid at this stage, once you add the turkey in a bit, it will be fine.
  7. Adjust the seasoning and add more sugar if you think it needs it and, salt- again, only if you think it really needs it. Once you're happy, add the turkey.
  8. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes or until everything is piping hot.
  9. 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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