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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 CDC, 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) Premade or leftover. Not the dry croutons.
  • 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.

A few items you may need to make the perfect Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipe

  • 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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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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5 from 15 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 pre-made 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

Sodium: 1111mg | Calcium: 85mg | Vitamin A: 543IU | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 319mg | Cholesterol: 63mg | Calories: 369kcal | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fat: 18g | Protein: 22g | Carbohydrates: 29g | 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




Linda Gilmore

Monday 7th of February 2022

Can you use canned vegetables?

Julie Menghini

Thursday 10th of February 2022

I believe that would work Linda. Just be sure to drain them first. Great idea!

Alice

Monday 27th of December 2021

Enjoyed the recipe But it was a bit dry. Would probably prepare the stuffing before putting it on the turkey then put the soup and milk.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

This recipe uses already made stuffing Alice. I hope you'll give it another try.

Marie

Sunday 12th of December 2021

So it’s in the oven now, but quick question. Wanted enough food for a pot luck so I doubled it. I used an uncooked turkey tenderloin but sliced it thin and laid on top if the dressing. Will that cook in the allotted time? It looks so plain on top think I’ll top with a little smoked Gouda cheese.

Julie Menghini

Monday 13th of December 2021

I've never made this with raw meat Marie, but since you sliced it thin it should be fully cooked by the time the casserole is hot and bubbly. I would test the meat with an instant-read thermometer to make sure it's at 165F. Stop back and let me know how it worked. The Gouda is definitely taking it to a new level too!

Tara

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

Do you bake covered or uncovered?

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

Great question, Tara! I bake it uncovered and will add foil if it gets to brown but that doesn't usually happen.

Joann Somes

Monday 29th of November 2021

I would give this 10 stars if I could!!!! Thank you for sharing this

Julie Menghini

Monday 29th of November 2021

Thank you, Joann! We always look forward to this recipe after Thanksgiving!