5 Ways to Use Up Leftover Chicken and Turkey

One of the benefits of cooking turkey and chicken is the delicious leftovers, and all the great leftover turkey recipes and chicken dishes you can make with them- an added benefit is that half of the prep work and the cooking time of the meat is already done!

If you’re looking for a way to build up your repertoire of budget meals, here are 5 great ways to use up leftover chicken and turkey.


Who doesn’t love a sandwich made with leftover roast turkey or chicken? This is always a great quick go-to meal when you’re in a hurry. And it beats store-bought sandwich meat any day. It’s also a much healthier option.


Both soup and stew are hearty, healthy, and delicious. Pick any one of your favourite soups (chicken noodle, tortilla soup, bean soup or chilli) and add your cooked chicken or turkey. Add it towards the end of cooking just to heat through.

Stir Fry

A great stir-fry is a lifesaver when it comes to needing a quick and easy meal-offering variety. Boil up some noodles and meanwhile chop up your favourite veggies and seasonings, then sauté. Add the cooked noodles and either turkey or chicken and you’ve got a great meal that your family will love.


Salad - It’s fresh, it’s fast. Are you a spinach lover? Or kale? Or romaine lettuce? Whatever your preference, the options for salad are endless. Punch it up with a flavourful salad dressing and your leftover turkey or chicken and you’ll be good to go. Pack it up for lunch or enjoy it as a light healthy dinner.


An all-time favourite of many, tacos is a great crowd-pleaser. You have a lot of options to play with. Go with a traditional soft corn tortilla, flour tortillas or hard-shell corn tortillas then pack them full of chopped tomatoes, avocado, shredded cheese, fresh coriander, and onions. To really jazz up your leftover turkey or chicken, try shredding the meat and warming it up with a bit of store-bought salsa to add extra flavour and moisture.

There are countless leftover chicken recipes and endless ways to be creative with leftover turkey for home cooks. It’s a great way to save money if you’re on a budget and avoid food waste. 
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