Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Leftover Turkey in a creamy mushroom sauce is the best way to use up leftover turkey meat. The mushroom gravy makes the turkey meat so tender and juicy all over again and it’s especially good served over creamy mashed potatoes.

We are big fans of Thanksgiving leftovers but especially leftover roast turkey meat! Leftover turkey meat is perfect for turkey noodle soup and the carcass makes an incredible bone broth!

Leftover Turkey Recipe in Creamy Mushroom Sauce Gravy served in pan with wooden spoon

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What to do with Leftover Turkey:

It is impressive how much leftover turkey meat you can rescue from your Thanksgiving turkey even after you think there’s nothing left. We plucked away at my Mom’s turkey last year and got about 8 cups of turkey meat (this was after about 12 people ate it!). Focus on the underside – this is usually the side that sits in all the turkey juices and much of it is dark meat which is so tender and tasty.

I made a big batch of this leftover turkey in gravy for my sister’s house for lunch and all of my siblings, their husbands and their kiddos all loved it! It was a big win across the board and they went on and on about how great the turkey gravy tasted. We’ve served it over leftover mashed potatoes.

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Leftover turkey recipe served over mashed potatoes

If you were lucky enough to have leftover gravy from your Thanksgiving dinner, here’s a secret trick – just combine the leftover gravy with the shredded turkey and it will be scrumptious!

Ingredients for Leftover Turkey in Gravy:

The ingredients are so simple – mostly pantry staples: chicken broth, mushrooms, butter, onion, and flour.

  • Use white or brown mushrooms
  • For gluten-free: substitute with a “cup-for-cup” GF flour

Ingredients for turkey in mushroom gravy

Can I Substitute with Chicken?

You can still make this recipe long-after Thanksgiving is over by using chicken. This is a great way to re-purpose leftover or even fresh rotisserie chicken and you can use both white and dark meat.

If you wish to cook a turkey to make this turkey gravy, here is our favorite turkey recipe.

How to Make Turkey in Gravy:

1. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Saute diced onions until golden (4-5 min). Add mushrooms saute until soft and golden (5-7 min), stirring often. Remove mushrooms and onions from pan.

sauteeing onions and mushrooms to make turkey in gravy

2. In the same hot pan, melt 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, then whisk in 3 Tbsp flour, whisking constantly until roux is golden brown (1 1/2 to 2 min), then whisk in 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and season to taste (about 1/2 tsp sea salt and a pinch of pepper).

How to make gravy for turkey in gravy

3. Add mushrooms/onions back to the pan. Stir in turkey and heat until turkey is just heated through. Garnish with finely chopped parsley if desired.

Step by step how to make turkey in gravy

This is one of those leftover turkey recipes that does not taste like leftovers. There’s nothing worse than reheated poultry but this recipe is even more flavorful and juicier than fresh turkey.

How to Make leftover turkey in mushroom gravy in a pan

More Leftover Turkey Recipes:

Whether you have leftover turkey breast or leftover dark meat, these leftover turkey recipes are our favorite ways to bring those leftovers back to life (without tasting like leftovers).

Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

4.87 from 36 votes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

This leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com

Skill Level: Easy

Cost to Make: $5-$7

Keyword: leftover turkey

Calories: 323 kcal

Servings: 6 servings as a main coars

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb mushrooms sliced
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour gluten free flour works well too
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 4-6 Cups leftover turkey meat torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley to garnish optional
  1. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and diced onions and sauté until soft and golden (4-5 minutes, stirring frequently). Add mushrooms to the pan and sauté until soft and golden (5-7 min, stirring frequently). Remove mushrooms and onions from pan.

  2. In the same hot pan (no need to wash it), add 4 Tbsp unsalted butter. Once melted, whisk in 3 Tbsp flour. Cook, whisking continually until roux is a golden brown (1 1/2 to 2 min) then whisk in 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and season to taste (I added 1/2 tsp sea salt and a pinch of black pepper).

  3. Add add mushrooms/onions back to the pan. Stir in turkey and heat until turkey is just heated through. Garnish with finely chopped parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Amount Per Serving

Calories 323 Calories from Fat 171

% Daily Value*

Fat 19g29%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Cholesterol 122mg41%

Sodium 296mg13%

Potassium 490mg14%

Carbohydrates 7g2%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 29g58%

Vitamin A 325IU7%

Vitamin C 3.8mg5%

Calcium 22mg2%

Iron 1.7mg9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family!