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Leftover Turkey Casserole – Only 3 Steps!

Leftover Turkey Casserole repurposes leftover turkey and stuffing into one easy recipe. This one-dish turkey casserole is quick, creamy, and delicious. With only 3 steps it’s on your table in a jiffy!

3/4 view of a turkey casserole in a white dish showing creamy turkey and dressing with a spoon dipping in.

Leftover Turkey Casserole is a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers especially when everyone is screaming “not more turkey”! This turkey casserole recipe is also a great fix for a turkey that ended up dry.

I just love Thanksgiving. All of that delicious food and sitting around the table with the people we love.

I have John’s family over every year, and even though it’s not a big group I still cook like I’m feeding a hundred. Can you relate?

I don’t mind because I WANT the leftovers! John’s always a big help because he cooks the bird on the grill which frees up my oven.

Here’s our tutorial on How to Spatchcock and Carve your Thanksgiving Turkey as well as some easy tips for making Thanksgiving stress-free!

It wasn’t all that long ago that my 96-year-old father-in-law declared that he liked my Turkey Dressing better than his wife’s dressing. He’s such a soft-spoken man that I didn’t know he was that brave even though he served in WWII and the Korean War.

I always make extra dressing to make sure I have plenty left to make this Leftover Turkey Casserole. After all of the cooking, I do in preparation for Thanksgiving, I want something quick, easy and delicious.

How long is leftover turkey good for?

According to USDA, refrigerate leftovers within two hours. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold until then. They have a lot of handling tips that are very helpful as well.

It’s important to use your leftover turkey and stuffing as soon as possible. Most leftovers can be kept for three to four days in the fridge. If you have more food than you plan to eat within four days, freeze it within two hours after it’s cooked.

When you’re ready to eat your leftovers, reheat them to an internal temperature of 74 C (165 F), measured by a digital food thermometer. Use frozen leftovers within 1 to 2 months.

I don’t use a lot of canned ingredients, but this turkey casserole recipe is the exception. I grab two cans of cream of chicken soup when I’m grabbing all of the other ingredients that I need for the Holiday.

Leftover Turkey Casserole Ingredients:

Top shot of Ingredients including shredded turkey, stuffing, chicken soup and milk
  • Cooked turkey – Shred or chop turkey. Use white, dark or a combination. Whatever you like.
  • Bread Dressing (Stuffing if you like)
  • Cream of chicken soup – use low sodium since your leftovers have already been seasoned.
  • Milk – I used skim but any is fine and found that it blends easier with the soup when it’s room temperature.

VARIATIONS & TIPS FROM THE COOK:

  • This recipe works well with cooked chicken whether you bake it or buy a rotisserie chicken at the store.
  • Turkey breasts are on sale and easy to freeze around the holidays. The leftovers will work great here.
  • If you don’t have any leftover dressing you can use a small box of “Stove Top Dressing”.
  • Add veggies! You will need to use vegetables that don’t have to cook very long such as frozen corn, peas or green beans or saute them before you put this turkey casserole recipe together.
  • Cream of Mushroom or Celery soup works well if that’s what’s in your cupboard.
  • You can make a smaller amount if you don’t have a lot of leftovers or if you’re cooking for just a few. Use a smaller container and use only one can of soup.
  • Bake this recipe in two freezable containers. Eat one and freeze the other for a rainy day.

What can you serve with Leftover Turkey Casserole?

If you have any leftover cranberry sauce, that would be amazing. Keep it simple! Here are a few ideas for you.

Do you need some more leftover turkey recipe ideas?

You can substitute cooked turkey for any recipe that calls for chicken.

Pin this delicious turkey casserole recipe!

Chunks of leftover turkey and dressing in creamy chicken soup on a white plate sitting on a gold napkin and a green striped napkin with the title \"Leftover Turkey Casserole\" over the top.

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  • Instant Read Thermometer – I use an instant-read thermometer for this recipe, for grilling, and even baking bread! I couldn’t function without one.
  • Baking Dish – I’ve got this one and love it. It comes with a lid that makes taking and refrigerating my treats a lot easier.

If it’s more recipes for Thanksgiving leftover recipes you’re looking for, here are some great ones

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5 from 13 votes

Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipe

Leftover Turkey Casserole repurposes leftover turkey and stuffing into one easy recipe. This one-dish casserole is quick, creamy, and delicious.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 8
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cooked turkey cubed or shredded
  • 4 cups bread stuffing
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup low sodium
  • 1 cup milk I used skim

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cover the bottom of the baking dish with the cooked turkey. Crumble the dressing over the top of the turkey.
  • Mix the canned soup with the milk and pour over the dressing and turkey.
  • Bake until bubbly, 40 to 60 minutes.

Video

Notes

  • The milk blends easier with the soup when both are at room temperature.
  • Chicken can be substituted for Turkey.
  • Cream of Mushroom or Celery can be substitued for Chicken soup.
  • You can use more or less turkey. Just make sure that it covers the bottom of the dish you use. The more you use the thicker the casserole will be.
  • You can add vegetables to a variation to this dish.
  • Leftovers can be frozen in an air-tight container.
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. Please calculate your own nutritional information if you want it exact to what you make and use my calculations as a guide only.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1111mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 543IU | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Brittany Turner

Saturday 16th of January 2021

I made this tonight and didnt realize the stuffing had to be precooked fingers crossed it turns out ok ! It sounds awesome and I know we will like it .

Julie Menghini

Sunday 17th of January 2021

I hope it turns out for you Brittany! We love this easy recipe.

Lisa rohloff

Sunday 27th of December 2020

Can you use mashed potatoes over the top

Julie Menghini

Sunday 27th of December 2020

Absolutely, Lisa! That would be delicious!

Sharon White

Monday 30th of November 2020

I have this in my oven as we speak and am giving this five stars before we taste it! It is so quick and easy that I can put up my feet until it finishes cooking!! With the ingredients I know everyone will love it! Thanks for this exceptional recipe that I will be making with chicken after the thanksgiving leftovers are gone!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Thank you Sharon for your sweet positivity. We love this recipe and hope your family did too.

Donna Adams

Saturday 18th of April 2020

Easy and true comfort food. Thanks for the recipe!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Thank you for stopping by Donna! We love easy comfort food especially when we can use up what's already in the fridge.

Laurie

Monday 30th of March 2020

Hi there, if I want to make this with fresh chicken breast would I have to cook the chicken first?

Julie Menghini

Monday 30th of March 2020

Yes, you would Laurie or you could use a rotisserie chicken from the store. Thank you for stopping by!