Leftover Turkey Casserole With Rice Recipe

4 people
1 hr 5 min

Easy leftover turkey casserole with rice recipe that will satisfy your craving!

Many people tend to throw away the leftover turkey. But you should not do it because the remaining turkey from the previous night is the secret ingredient of this dish. My recipe requires quite a few ingredients, but all those spices only make it a classic comfort meal that you can never get enough of. If a casserole isn’t your thing, you can also make this leftover turkey soup with rice recipe.

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Comforting Turkey with Rice Casserole Recipe

If you have been looking for a tasty way to make the best use out of leftover turkey, I’ve got you covered. I have been preparing this dish for so long, and my family still loves it.

For the preparation, you, of course, need rice and leftover turkey. Along with this, you can add spices like oregano, garlic powder, and salt to make it burst with flavors.

This timeless dish can be prepared in about an hour, and it will keep you full for quite a long time.

You can even add veggies like onion, carrot, peas, and leek to make leftover turkey casserole with rice more tasty and healthy.

How to Make Leftover Turkey Casserole with Rice?

While the preparation of this dish requires around an hour, it’s not tough. You can easily make it with pantry ingredients and leftovers. I have further broken the recipe into different segments for you to follow quickly.

Step One

The first step of this recipe requires you to peel and wash vegetables like onion, leek, and carrot. After washing, dice the onion, leek, and carrot. Next, take out frozen peas and keep them on the counter for a while.

Considering the vegetables, you can cook rice. Make sure that the rice remains undercooked. After the desired cooking is done, take the rice in a bowl and wash it with cool water.

This step further requires you to heat a pan over medium heat. Once the pan has nicely heated, add olive oil and diced vegetable. Stir the veggies till nicely done, and add undercooked rice.

Step Two

After cooking diced onion, leek, carrots, frozen peas, and undercooked rice, it’s time to add spices. You can put oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. This way, your leftover turkey rice will taste wonderful.

You can complete step two by adding shredded turkey and sprinkling flour. Combine turkey and flour well with rice and vegetables so that everything gets spiced.

Step Three

Once your turkey rice is ready, it’s time to add chicken broth to it. Transfer chicken broth with whole milk in a bowl. Combine them till the milk gets thickened.

After that, grease a casserole pan with butter and transfer turkey rice to it. Also, transfer chicken broth and milk mixture in the casserole pan. To add extra flavors, you can grate some cheese on the top.

Put the casserole pan in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 40 minutes. Serve and enjoy it with your family over brunch.

Key Notes

  • If you wish to make this dish a little colorful, you can add a bowl full of diced red bell pepper.
  • Instead of leftover turkey, you can also use freshly cooked turkey. This way, you won’t have to wait for leftovers to prepare something utterly delicious and flavorful.
  • Do not compromise with the quantity of butter while greasing the pan because the rice might get a burnt flavor.

How To Store Leftover Dish?

If you cannot finish the leftover turkey casserole with rice, you can store it in the fridge for the next three to four days. Transfer the remaining turkey and rice to an airtight container.

Instead of an airtight container, you can directly put the casserole in the fridge. Make sure that it’s packed correctly. While serving the leftover refrigerated dish, don’t forget to reheat in small portions till it gets hot.

What To Serve With Leftover Turkey Casserole With Rice?

Leftover turkey with rice casserole is a complete dish because it has veggies, turkey, and rice. But if you want, you can serve it with some roasted vegetables.

Can I Keep Leftover Turkey Casserole with Rice Out?

Generally, it’s not recommended to keep the leftover dish out because this way, the dish can go bad.

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Leftover Turkey Casserole With Rice Recipe

Recipe details

  • 4  people
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 50 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced leek
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded turkey
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheese


In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil and stir in the diced onion, diced leek, carrots, frozen peas, and uncooked rice that has been washed very well undercooled water.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, dried oregano, and garlic powder.
Stir in the shredded turkey and mix until combined.
Sprinkle over the flour and mix until well combined.
Pour the chicken broth and whole milk and mix until the whole mixture is thickened.
Transfer the mixture to a casserole pan that has been greased with butter and sprinkle with grated cheese on top.
Bake in an already heated oven at 350°F or 180°C for about 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown in color.


  • Note: Always bake the turkey casserole with rice in a preheated oven to get the best result. Also, after baking, let the dish sit on the counter for a while. Then you can serve it.

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