Leftover Turkey Curry is the perfect boxing day dinner. Delicious and straightforward it’s a fantastic family meal, and a great way to use up your Christmas leftovers.
Turkey’s are massive. Let’s face it, even if you are sensible and buy a crown, and certainly, if you opt for the big roast turkey dinner, you are going to have tons leftover. We all joke about eating turkey for a week, and it’s a reality for many of us.
This Turkey Curry Recipe is delicious. I had a Turkey Korma recipe online for a long time, but actually, I’m not sure that’s the right approach. After a big Christmas dinner and all of the other festive treats, a creamy curry like a korma feels a little heavy.
I prefer a tomato-based Leftover Turkey Curry recipe like this one. I’m not an authentic Indian cook (or even close!), so I’m reluctant to name it. But the tomato sauce and mild spices make it more akin to a Tikka Masala than a Korma.
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Not too spicy for the kids to enjoy, but not as heavy as a creamier curry. You could even skip the ghee and use a calorie-controlled cooking spray, and miss the Greek Yoghurt if you wanted to try and make it even lighter.
What to Make with Leftover Turkey?
Turkey is delicious. It’s tasty, easy to cook, works well with lots of flavours, and it’s exceptionally lean, so a much healthier option than many other types of meat. You certainly don’t want to waste it, especially if you’ve spent a fortune on a giant bird.
Don’t get me wrong. I love a Turkey Sandwich. Jim likes to put sprouts, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, and pretty much anything that he can find on his. I favour a simple Turkey and Stuffing, I think.
But, after about four, it’s a bit much.
We also like turkey chilli, and I like to chop all my leftover veg up and fry it all together with shredded turkey in a kind of turkey hash/turkey bubble and squeak type thing. I do this with Sunday lunch veggies too.
In honesty though, any recipe that you use chicken for, you can make with turkey instead. Why not try some of your favourites?
How Long Can You Keep Leftover Turkey in the Fridge?
Cooked turkey can be kept in the fridge for up to four days. This leftover turkey can then be eaten cold or reheated.
If you are reheating leftover turkey, it should be piping hot all of the ways through before you eat it. Cooking it up in this Turkey Curry Sauce is a great way to make sure it’s well-cooked and safe to eat.
Make sure you don’t reheat this leftover turkey more than once unless it’s been frozen in between.
Freezing Leftover Turkey
So, you can reheat leftover turkey in your mild Turkey Curry and eat it. But, you shouldn’t then put Leftover Turkey Curry in your fridge and heat it up the next day.
You can, however, freeze Leftover Turkey Curry and reheat that.
To freeze your turkey breast curry leave to cool until it’s at room temperature, then place in a sealed tub and freeze. It will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To reheat your Turkey Curry, make sure it’s fully defrosted in the fridge and then heat slowly until the meat is piping hot all of the ways through. If it’s a little dry while reheating, add a cup of water.
You can also freeze leftover turkey before making curry, or anything else with it. Leave it to cool, chop into portions and freeze in airtight tubs or bags.
Thaw fully in the fridge before reheating carefully.
Always eat any defrosted turkey within 24 hours.
You can get more tips on freezing and reheating turkey at https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/food-and-drink/turkey-cooked-reheat-safe-how-long-last-fridge-christmas-dinner-leftovers-238007.
How to Make Turkey Curry
I think the best turkey curries are the easy ones. You don’t need any hard to find spices for this curry, just some turmeric and garam masala, which are the staples of many homemade curries.
This Recipe for Turkey Curry is really simple, you just throw it all in the pan and simmer it together.
I use a large cast-iron (af link) dish because I love them and cook nearly everything in one! You could also use a large frying pan or saucepan if you prefer.
What if You Haven’t Got Enough Turkey?
If you haven’t got much leftover turkey (how is this possible?) I’d say add some other leftovers. If you’ve got leftover potatoes, dice these into smaller cubes and add them with the turkey. You can also add leftover vegetables to bulk it out.
If leftovers are in limited supply generally, peel and dice a potato into 1cm cubes, and add with your turkey. Simmer the curry until the potatoes are soft.
It should be fine if this takes a little longer than 30 minutes, but if your curry starts to dry out a little, stir in a cup of water.
If you haven’t got any leftover turkey at all, or you loved this recipe on boxing day, and want to use it again later on in the year, you can use raw turkey or chicken breasts.
You could either precook the turkey or chicken in the oven, and follow this recipe exactly, or dice them and fry them in a little ghee or oil until browned. Then, remove from the pan and again follow this recipe, adding a bit more ghee or oil to the pan if needed.
What to Serve with Curry?
This very much depends on how full up you are. If you’ve been eating Quality Street (af link) all day, you might just to just serve your Turkey Curry with a little rice. Naan bread is of cause always great with curry too!