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Leftover Turkey Curry | Slow Cooker Recipe

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With big family events like Thanksgiving and Christmas always comes the inevitable leftover turkey and the challenge of working out what to do with it. It seems a complete waste to chuck all of that delicious food in the bin so why not make some family friendly meals such as leftover turkey curry?

leftover turkey curry with some naan bread

Leftover Turkey Curry

The ultimate comfort food, leftover turkey curry is delicious, warming and the whole family can enjoy its deliciousness.

You often don’t feel like putting much effort into cooking after having to slave over the oven for a big Thanksgiving or Christmas meal for the whole family, so this recipe is purposefully as simple as possible to let you have the rest you deserve after the big event.

What ingredients do you need?

This leftover turkey curry recipe uses only a few simple ingredients – hopefully all of which you have on hand to save you traipsing out to the shops during the holiday period!

You’ll need:

  • Onion
  • Leftover turkey
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Coconut milk
  • Dried spices
  • Garlic
  • Rice
  • Naan bread to serve

How to make leftover turkey curry

As I previously said, I have created this recipe with the aim of making things as simple as possible so you can leave it to cook while you put your feet up! There is some hands on time, but for the most part you can set and leave!

  • Add all ingredients (except for the rice and naan bread) into your slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Once cooked, serve alongside rice and naan bread and enjoy!
leftover turkey curry in the slow cooker

Who can enjoy leftover turkey curry?

This recipe is totally family friendly and can be shared with everyone – including babies who are baby led weaning. I have purposefully left salt out of the recipe so that small children can enjoy it too without having to worry about the sodium content.

For those of you who prefer a spicier curry, simply add chill flakes to the curry once the kids’ portions have been dished up and enjoy!

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Can leftover turkey curry be reheated?

As this recipe uses leftover turkey which has already been cooked once and then reheated again in this leftover turkey recipe, then unfortunately it can not be reheated a third time.

leftover turkey curry in the slow cooker

What slow cooker do you use?

We have a very basic slow cooker similar to the Morphy Richards one below. It has three functions: low, high and warm which is enough for us! We have had it for around five years now and it still works really well to this day – even better, it’s less than £40!

I also recommend getting your hands on an electric rice cooker if you haven’t got one already! It cooks rice without you having to keep an eye on it and the rice is ready in less than 20 minutes!

We have the one below from Kitchen Perfected.

What else can be made from leftover turkey?

We have a whole host of leftover turkey recipes to choose from including:

  • Leftover turkey pasta
  • Leftover turkey pie
  • Leftover turkey soup
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Leftover Turkey Curry

leftover turkey curry with some naan bread

Discover this delicious leftover turkey curry recipe that the whole family will love. Simple to make using only a few ingredients!


  • 1 Onion, diced
  • Leftover turkey
  • 1 Tin of tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • organic garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • Rice
  • Naan bread to serve
  • Fresh coriander to serve


  1. Set up your slow cooker and add all ingredients except the coconut milk, rice, naan and fresh coriander.
  2. Stir everything together, pop the lid on and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  3. Before serving, add the tin of coconut milk, stir to incorporate and leave for a further 10 minutes or so.
  4. Serve alongside rice, naan bread and sprinkle some finely chopped fresh coriander on top.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g
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Author: Nicola Hughes

Nicola has weaned both of her boys using the baby led weaning method. She loves nothing better than creating simple recipes that anyone can recreate, using as few ingredients as possible. All of her recipes have been tried and tested by both Dexter and Felix and have their seal of approval!

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