Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING my friends!!

It’s insane how much leftover turkey meat you can rescue from your turkey carcass even after you think there’s nothing left. We plucked away at my Mom’s turkey last year and got like 8 cups of turkey meat (this was after about 12 people ate it!). Focus on the underside – this is usually the side that sits in all the turkey juices and much of it is dark meat which is so tender and tasty.

The gravy in this sauce causes the turkey to be tender and juicy all over again; I thought it was even better than fresh turkey. It doesn’t have that re-heated turkey taste either if you know what I mean; it’s just perfect. Oh p.s. outside of Thanksgiving time, you can also use the meat from a rotisserie chicken

I made a big batch of this leftover turkey in gravy for my sisters house for lunch and all of my siblings, their husbands and their kiddos all loved it! It was a big win across the board and they went on and on about how great the turkey gravy tasted. We’ve served it over steamy white rice and mashed potatoes. This is by far, the best way I’ve ever used up leftover turkey. And it’s so easy! p.p.s. There is a gluten free option 🙂

Ingredients for Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce:

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 Tbsp unsalted Butter
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour (gluten free flour works well too)
1 1/2 to 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
Salt and Pepper to taste
4-6 Cups leftover turkey meat, torn into bite-sized pieces
Parsley to garnish, optional

This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!

If you wish to cook a turkey to make this turkey gravy, here is our favorite turkey recipe.

How to Make Leftover Turkey in Gravy:

1. Heat a large non-stick pan  over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and diced onions and sauté until soft and golden (4-5 minutes, stirring frequently). Add mushrooms to the pan and sautee until soft and golden (5-7 min, stirring frequently). Remove mushrooms and onions from pan.

This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!

2. In the same hot pan (no need to wash it), add 4 Tbsp unsalted butter. Once melted, whisk in 3 Tbsp flour (I used a gluten free flour at my sisters house and it worked just as well!). Cook, whisking continually until your roux is a golden brown (1 1/2 to 2 min) then whisk in 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and season to taste (I added 1/2 tsp sea salt and a pinch of black pepper).

This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!

3. Add add mushrooms/onions back to the pan. Stir in turkey and heat until turkey is just heated through. Garnish with finely chopped parsley if desired.

This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!

Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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This leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $5-$7
Serving: 6 servings as a main coars

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour (gluten free flour works well too)
  • 1½ to 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4-6 Cups leftover turkey meat, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Parsley to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and diced onions and sauté until soft and golden (4-5 minutes, stirring frequently). Add mushrooms to the pan and sauté until soft and golden (5-7 min, stirring frequently). Remove mushrooms and onions from pan.
  2. In the same hot pan (no need to wash it), add 4 Tbsp unsalted butter. Once melted, whisk in 3 Tbsp flour (I used a gluten free flour at my sisters house and it worked just as well!). Cook, whisking continually until youx is a golden brown (1½ to 2 min) then whisk in 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and season to taste (I added ½ tsp sea salt and a pinch of black pepper).
  3. Add add mushrooms/onions back to the pan. Stir in turkey and heat until turkey is just heated through. Garnish with finely chopped parsley if desired.

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This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!

Need more inspiration? Here are another 16 leftover turkey recipes! You might need to make another turkey ;). Good thing they’re on sale after Thanksgiving. My sister bought a 13 pounder last year for like $3.00. #truestory.

I’d love to hear your creative ideas for leftover turkey. Let me know what post-Thanksgiving looks like for you in a comment below.

This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!

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  • November 27, 2017

    Wow. So I actually really dislike mushrooms- just texture/ idea of a fungus thing. But one of my kids insisted that I buy some and then I happened upon this recipe. I fully processed the mushrooms in my mini-prep so I could hide them from myself. I used Earth Balance (salted butter substitute) because we are dairy-free, so I was very careful with salt in other areas of the recipe. I added a pinch of rubbed sage and a sprinkle of sweet paprika. This was amazing. Delicious. I served it on top of quinoa with sweet potatoes and peas. Thumbs up from the whole family, including two 4 year olds and a baby.
    Side note- I think this would also be amazing for vegetarians and vegans, just the gravy on top of quinoa and roasted veggies. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 27, 2017

      I’m so glad to hear the recipe is a HIT! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Jim
    November 26, 2017

    Wonderful. Definitely will make again Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 27, 2017

      I’m glad you love it Jim! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Steven V Chamberlin
    November 25, 2017

    I get that the reason the seasoning was rather sparse was to allow for however folks might have seasoned their bird. When I made this, it turned out very flat and pasty. We kicked it up a notch with some pepper paste from Trader Joe’s, some smoked paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes. It ended up pretty tasty! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 26, 2017

      Thanks for sharing! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Reply

  • Dina
    November 24, 2017

    Delicous!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2017

      I’m glad you like it Dina! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Richard Cutt
    November 23, 2017

    Natasha – Happy Thanksgiving, I just wanted to tell you I used your recipe for my 24 pound turkey today and it was the best I ever made and lived up to everything in your video. Also the drippings made a extreme gravy by just adding flour and water. Thanks again for the perfect turkey recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2017

      Richard, thank you for such a rave review, I’m all smiles 😬. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well. Reply

  • Sabrina V
    November 22, 2017

    Wow. This is amazing. Thank you. Not sure how to post a pic lol Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 23, 2017

      I’m glad you love the recipe Sabrina! Please feel free to share your photos on my Facebook page, I love seeing them! 😊 Reply

  • Gayle
    October 31, 2017

    Love this recipe. Easy. Delicious. And it worked great with my gluten free flour. Easy swap that did not alter the taste or texture. All ingredients mandatory, including the parsley…. Thanks for a delicious dinner recipe using a leftover turkey breast. Welcome to November! Will definitely be using this recipe over and over. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 31, 2017

      I’m happy to hear how much you love the recipe Gayle! Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

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