18 comforting turkey casserole recipes to use up your leftover turkey


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When Thanksgiving comes to an end, your freezer will most likely be loaded with enough turkey to last you another month or two. There are myriad ways to incorporate it into your meals — e.g., sandwiches, soups, omelets, etc. — but who really wants to cook every night after you spent days prepping for the holiday? Throw your leftover turkey into one of these yummy casseroles for an easy meal that will last you days. 


1. Cheesy chicken and wild rice casserole

Yes, we’re aware this says “chicken and wild rice casserole.” But since it calls for cooked chicken breasts, it’s easy enough to swap in your cooked turkey. This recipe from Picky Palate tops turkey, fresh veggies and wild rice with a cheesy sauce for a perfect, home-cooked, hearty meal you’ll be excited to come home to. 


2. Mushroom and turkey casserole

After doing all those dishes on Thanksgiving Day, you’ll be happy to have a one-dish wonder recipe to use up your turkey. In addition to using your leftover turkey, this Cooking Light recipe also incorporates your leftover cranberry sauce!


3. Turkey tetrazzini

This creamy turkey tetrazzini recipe from Prevention is comfort food at its finest! And yet it still manages to keep the calorie count down to 431 with 11.2 grams of fat. In addition to your leftover turkey, you’ll need spaghetti, mushrooms, onion, red bell pepper, milk, kalamata olives and Parmesan cheese. 


4. Turkey chow mein casserole

With only 10 minutes of prep time, you’ll be able to whip up this delicious casserole from Foodess without interfering with your relaxation time over Thanksgiving break. A satisfying combination of creamy and crunchy, this dish combines chow mein noodles with turkey, bean sprouts, celery, onion, milk and chicken broth. 


5. Turkey enchilada casserole

Keep your weekly Mexican night while still using up your leftover turkey with this casserole from Sunset. It calls for ground turkey breast, but you can easily swap it with shredded turkey from the holiday. All the cheesy goodness at only 249 calories and 5.7 grams of fat!


6. Lightened-up chicken divan 

Chicken or turkey divan is a classic among casseroles. Skinnytaste lightened up the traditional dish in this variation that calls for cooked chicken (again: just use your turkey). At only 335.7 calories per serving, you can afford to indulge in this creamy turkey and broccoli and topped with crispy breadcrumbs. 


7. Leftover turkey pot pie

Mix your leftover turkey with lots of fresh veggies and top the whole thing with a savory puff pastry and you’ve got this turkey pot pie recipe from One Hungry Mama. Shockingly, this dish requires zero canned foods. 


8. Cheesy turkey, mushroom & rice casserole 

Once again, you’d think this tasty recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen requires cream-of-chicken or cream-of-mushroom soup, but nope! No canned soups here! This casserole is packed with healthy brown rice, fresh mushrooms, leftover turkey, turkey stock, sour cream, low-fat cheese and Parmesan.


9. Veggie turkey casserole

If you’re just looking for an easy fix that will somehow get your kids to eat vegetables, this veggie turkey casserole might be your go-to recipe. You just mix all of the ingredients — cooked turkey, frozen mixed veggies, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, chopped onion, garlic powder and celery seed — in a baking dish and pop it in the oven.