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

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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 of 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

4.82 from 22 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$7
Servings: 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
  • 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

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 (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).
  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!

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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  • judith
    February 13, 2018

    I have made this a couple of times now & we love it.. Thank you x Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2018

      You’re welcome Judith! I’m glad to hear you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Sarah
    January 9, 2018

    THIs was so comforting & hearty! I used cauliflower rice to make it low carb. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 9, 2018

      You’re welcome Sarah! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Shelly
    January 1, 2018

    My father made a variation of this recipe for as long as I can remember for more than 50 years. Difference; instead of fresh mushrooms which my husband does not like, Dad used mushroom soup. And we serve it on lightly grilled hamburger buns. He always called it turkey burgers, my kids and grandkids call it turkey sloppy joes but everyone loves it Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 1, 2018

      Oh yum! That sounds delicious Shelly! Thanks for sharing your great suggestion with other readers! Reply

  • 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

  • October 28, 2017

    Hi Natasha!
    This recipe looks amazing. We LOVE anything with mushrooms! Lol.
    May I please use this recipe and an image in a Thanksgiving leftovers recipe roundup?
    Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 28, 2017

      Hi Mel! That would be fine and thank you for the feature! 🙂 Reply

  • Haley
    June 14, 2017

    Absolutely loved this recipe! It was so good we didn’t have any leftover to keep for lunch the next day! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 14, 2017

      Yay, I am so glad to hear that Haley! Thanks for sharing your review! Reply

  • Linda
    December 29, 2016

    Well I made this tonight. So easy 5 star.
    Made a side of roasted green beans. This has to be the best leftover recipe I have ever made ! Another 5 stars. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 30, 2016

      I am so happy to hear that Linda! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Pam
    December 4, 2016

    Did recipe with chicken ohhh so good. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 4, 2016

      I’m so happy you like dit! 🙂 Reply

  • December 1, 2016

    Just found your recipe via Pinterest! It’s super yummy. I did add about a tablespoon each of Marsala cooking wine and balsamic vinegar. Mmmm… perfecto! Thanks for the great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 1, 2016

      Mmm yum! Thank you for sharing your add-ins! 🙂 Reply

  • Cindy
    November 28, 2016

    I made this again this year. It was just as yummy as I remember. I added some peas as someone suggested and served over buttered noodles. It was sooooooooooooo goooooooooood! I added a little garlic powder just to zip it up a bit. I still have lots of turkey left so will make it again after we recover from turkey over load. lol Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 28, 2016

      Thats awesome! I’m so happy you loved the recipe and your idea of adding peas and serving over buttered noodles,… mmm mmm!!! Reply

  • Ashley
    November 28, 2016

    Natasha do you know what the calorie count on this recipe is?

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 28, 2016

      Hi Ashley, I don’t typically include calorie counts because of the time constraint that I have. I really need to hire some help to do that for me! When I need a quick answer though; I have used Caloriecount.com (their recipe analyzer is free). Reply

      • Ashley
        November 28, 2016

        Thank you! Reply

  • Gwen
    November 27, 2016

    I served ours over Amish egg noodles and it was awesome! Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 28, 2016

      Gwen, you are very welcome and I’m so glad to hear that you liked the recipe 😬. Reply

  • Cerrica
    November 24, 2016

    I am going to make this tmrw. It is making my mouth water! This will cure my aching neck. Happy Thanksgiving Natasha and your wonderful family. God Bless your home. Keep up the super work! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 24, 2016

      Thank you so much and a blessed and happy Thanksgiving to you also! 🙂 Reply

  • Lia
    November 23, 2016

    I really want to make this but I dont have mushrooms. What else can you use? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 24, 2016

      Lia, you can simply omit the mushrooms and the recipe still turns out great 😬. Reply

  • Carolina
    October 19, 2016

    Just made this tonight with left over turkey. It came out delicious and will use this idea again in the future. I didn’t have chicken broth or stock on me so I just used water and some of the turkey fat drippings into the mixture to add some flavor. Also added different spices like basil, oregano, marjoram, garlic powder etc. Overall, great little recipe to clean out the leftover meat! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂 Reply

  • kathy
    May 20, 2016

    You might want to correct the spelling of roux in this recipe too. French and English – such difficult languages when it comes to spelling.

    I am going to try this with some left over chicken tonight and will probably add some fresh rosemary or basil.

    Thank you for this lovely recipe. I have been looking for some good sauces and gravies and I think your site is the place to find them! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 20, 2016

      Thank you so much for pointing that out!! That’s awesome of you (I have no idea what I was thinking! :-O) Seriously, thank you! 🙂 Reply

  • Liz
    April 23, 2016

    Is there something I could substitute the butter with so it can be cholesterol friendly? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 23, 2016

      Hi Liz, it should work fine with oil as a substitute. You may only need 3 Tbsp if using oil. Enjoy! Reply

  • February 16, 2016

    This was delicious! Quick dinner that comes together perfectly. Thank you so much. My teenage son loved it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 16, 2016

      Camille, thank you for the great review and you are welcome 😀. Reply

  • Jenny
    January 27, 2016

    Made this today with leftover chicken. It’s so fast and simple but really delicious. It was a big hit with everyone. I added peas after reading the recommendation of one commenter. Thanks for another great recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2016

      I love the ideas of using chicken and adding peas. Thank you for sharing your awesome review! Reply

  • Margarita
    January 5, 2016

    Can I substitute the turkey with chicken? Also, would one of those small organic chickens be enough? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2016

      That will work fine. I’m not sure how small you mean but you can add as much or as little chicken as you want 🙂 Reply

  • Corinne
    January 3, 2016

    Mmmmmm very good recipe, i added frozen peas and a little bit of white wine. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2016

      Those sound like great add-ins! Thanks for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Desiree
    December 31, 2015

    This was so yummy!! Thank you for sharing. Would this be an okay dish to freeze? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 31, 2015

      You know, I haven’t tried freezing it, but I think it would work fine. Reply

  • Larisa
    December 4, 2015

    All I can say is Yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 4, 2015

      I’m so glad you loved it! Thanks Larisa 🙂 Reply

  • marina
    December 2, 2015

    I made this today and OMG was it good!! I added dill instead of parsley and served it over white rice. Super delicious. Five stars. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2015

      Thank you so much for the fantastic review!! 🙂 I love the idea of using dill. You’re making me hungry! Reply

  • marina
    December 2, 2015

    I just bought mushrooms and I will try this recipe. My turkey is from Sunday, I hope it’s not too dry! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2015

      It’s very nice and not dry at all. Also, it reheats well on the stove top. I hope you LOVE it! My sister has made it a couple times already since Thanksgiving :). Reply

  • November 30, 2015

    Hey! Did you know you were mentioned in Season 2 Episode 14 of the Young and Hungry? SUPER cool! Just thought you’d like to know :).

    http://amzn.to/1QQq8cC Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 30, 2015

      I did see that and thank you! 🙂 It’s still very exciting. 🙂 Reply

  • Cindy
    November 29, 2015

    Loved this Creamy Turkey recipe. It came out so yummy. I served it over noodles and we had some left over so I mixed the few noodles that were left along with a small amount of leftover stuffing and served it over rice. It was even better the second time on rice. I don’t know how I found this site but so glad I did. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 29, 2015

      I’m so glad you did too! Thank you for your awesome review 🙂 Reply

  • Al F.
    November 29, 2015

    I made it and it came out great. I was thinking that this would go well stuffed into traditional (English) Yorkshire puddings. OR, for convenience maybe lining a muffin pan with puff pastry, baking until golden and then filling the pastry cups. Hmmmm… Thanks Natasha. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 29, 2015

      Wow that does sound really really good! Thank you for the great idea! Reply

  • Cindy
    November 27, 2015

    This recipe looks yummy. Going to try it as we had a 12# turkey for 3 people. Made the turkey from your recipe and it was insanely good. Even today reheated with gravy it was yummy. Love your recipes and the pictures of your beautiful family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 27, 2015

      Thank you Cindy for such a nice compliment 😀 . We had same thing for lunch today 🙂 . Reply

  • November 27, 2015

    It’s so funny – here in Canada we already celebrated our Thanksgiving (it’s in October), but I am kinda sick of turkey by association (like seeing it all over Pinterest). This is a creative way to use up leftover turkey for sure haha… I am glad I don’t have any leftovers to worry about, though 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 27, 2015

      Yeah that would be a little weird to celebrate Thanksgiving and then watch everyone else celebrate it another month. Keep this one in mind for next year. It sure is good 🙂 Reply

  • lily
    November 27, 2015

    hello, i was wondering if you have a kartoplaniki recipe? Reply

  • November 26, 2015

    Looks wonderful. I love your recipe like this with chicken, I’m sure turkey will turn out just as great! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 26, 2015

      Thank you Teresa! 🙂 Reply

  • Ziz'ka
    November 26, 2015

    Thank you in advance for sharing this recipe. Definitely will try it… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 26, 2015

      You’re so welcome. I hope you love it as much as we do! 🙂 I kept the recipe since last year because I was too late to post it last year but I knew it was worth keeping for this year 🙂 Reply

  • Marina
    November 26, 2015

    What a great idea!! I will definitely buy a turkey or two after thanksgiving. This looks so so good and comforting. I can’t wait to try! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 26, 2015

      Thanks Marina 😀 , blessings to you and your family! Reply

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