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Leftover Turkey and Rice Recipe

The holidays have come and gone, and you’re left with a fridge full of leftovers. While reheating the same dishes can be quick and easy, it can also get boring very quickly. But don’t let those leftover turkey pieces go to waste just yet!

With some simple ingredients and a little bit of creativity, you can turn your leftover turkey and rice into a delicious and satisfying meal.

Leftover turkey mixed with cooked rice and garnish.

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This delicious recipe will show you how to take those leftover holiday staples and transform them into a flavorful dish that will have everyone asking for seconds. So grab your tupperware containers and get ready to revamp your holiday leftovers with our leftover turkey and rice recipe.

Why You Should Use Leftover Turkey and Rice

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about why you should consider using your leftover turkey and rice in the first place. Not only is it a great way to save money and reduce food waste, but it also adds variety to your meals. Instead of eating the same dishes over and over again, you can repurpose your leftovers and create a completely new dish that will surprise and delight your taste buds.

Leftover turkey mixed with cooked rice and garnish.

Can I Use This Recipe For Other Leftover Meats?

Absolutely! While this recipe is specifically designed for leftover turkey, you can easily substitute the turkey with any other holiday meat such as chicken or ham. The key ingredients of rice and vegetables will still provide a delicious base for your meal. So don’t be afraid to experiment and use this recipe as a guide for all your holiday leftovers.

Spoonful of turkey and rice.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups leftover turkey, cubed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups all grain long rice
  • 1 tsp Vegeta or your favorite seasoning
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or water if broth not available)
Overhead view of leftover turkey mixed with cooked rice in a bowl.

Boring Leftovers Into A Tasty Meal

Don’t let your leftover turkey sit in the back of your fridge. With this leftover turkey and rice recipe, you can easily transform those boring leftovers into a tasty and satisfying meal that will leave everyone asking for more. So why not give it a try and add some excitement to your post-holiday meals?

Leftover Turkey and Rice Recipe

Jane and Sonja
With some simple ingredients and a little bit of creativity, you can turn your leftover turkey into a delicious and satisfying turkey and rice dish.
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups leftover turkey cubed
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups all grain long rice
  • 1 tsp Vegeta or your favorite seasoning
  • 3 cups chicken broth or water

Instructions
 

  • Cut leftover turkey (mix of dark and white meat) into cubes.
  • Saute chopped onions, minced garlic, salt, pepper and paprika in a frying pan with butter and oil to release flavors for about 5 minutes.
  • Add turkey and rice and mix all together.
  • Pour chicken broth (or water) over top of the mixture.
  • Cook covered on low-medium heat for 30 minutes.
  • Check if the rice is soft enough. If not and moisture absorbed, add another ¼ cup of water and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  • Top with chopped parsley.
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