My Easy Leftover Turkey Curry is quick and simple but packed full of flavour. Ready in just 25 minutes, this tikka masala style curry is a great way to use up your turkey leftovers on Boxing Day and beyond! No leftover turkey? No problem – this tasty curry can be made with leftover chicken or pre-cooked turkey instead.
What to do with turkey leftovers?
What do you usually do with your leftover roast turkey at Christmas time? There are tons of options, from cold turkey with bubble and squeak to turkey sandwiches to leftover turkey pie, but one which is a perennial favourite is leftover turkey curry!
Given how passionate about leftovers in general I am, and how many leftover turkey recipes I have on my blog, it seems rather remiss of me that, until now, I didn’t have a leftover turkey curry on my blog!
Actually, I do have a Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry on my blog – which has been there for quite a while. But this is the first time I’ve shared an Indian-style leftover turkey curry.
Easy Leftover Turkey Curry
My Easy Leftover Turkey Curry is a great way to use up leftover turkey after Christmas (or Thanksgiving!). It’s the sort of curry I do a lot with roast chicken – broadly tikka masala in style, very quick and simple to make – ready in just 30 minutes. Exactly the knd of meal you want after spending hours in the kitchen the day before.
And this Easy Leftover Turkey Curry is packed with flavour – your taste buds won’t be disappointed! It’s also pretty healthy too. Especially if you serve it with some brown rice – and maybe a healthy Indian-style salad.
Perfect for filling the freezer
So long as you haven’t frozen your cooked turkey before, you can freeze this curry too – making a great easy peasy midweek meal in the future. Just defrost for 24 hours in the fridge then dump in a saucepan, bring to the boil and cook for about 10 minutes, until the turkey is piping hot all the way through.
Alternatively, you could freeze your cooked turkey and then make this curry from scratch later in the year.
What I usually do is, straight after eating lunch on Christmas day strip off all the meat from the turkey carcass and save it in one meal-size boxes (typically 500g in each box). I put the boxes of leftover turkey in the freezer and then defrost them the day I want them (often much later on in January) and cook up this easy leftover turkey curry (or one of my other leftover turkey recipes) from scratch that day.
Either way it’s nice to know you have some quick, easy, healthy and cheap dinner options throughout January and beyond!!
What to serve with turkey curry
This Easy Leftover Turkey Curry is great with brown or white rice, alternatively you could serve it with my easy peasy pilau rice and/or naan breads. If you are watching your carbs and /or calories, you might like to try my pilau cauliflower rice instead!
Easy Leftover Turkey Curry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 1 red pepper sliced
- 1 green pepper sliced
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
- 3 cloves garlic crushed or grated
- 3 cm ginger grated
- 3 teaspoons garam masala
- 2 teaspoons turmeric optional
- 500 g leftover cooked turkey shredded or cubed (see note)
- 350 ml passata (or chopped tinned tomatoes)
- 200 ml coconut milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the oil, onions and peppers in a wide, deep pan and cook over a gentle heat (lid on) for about 5 minutes, or until softened but not brown.
- Add the chilli, garlic, ginger, garam masala and turmeric and fry gently for 2 more minutes (add a very small splash of water from the kettle if it gets to dry)
- Add the turkey, passata, coconut milk, salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Turn down low and simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly and the turkey is piping hot all the way through.
- Serve with rice and/or naans and all your favourite accompaniments
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