Got Leftovers? Fix Turkey Curry in a Hurry

Turkey Curry in a Hurry, easy and delicious recipe to use up leftover turkey.

Do you have leftover turkey today? Doesn't everybody?? Here's one of my favorite recipes to use up my turkey leftovers, Turkey Curry in a Hurry. It calls for chicken, but we love it with turkey, too.

Chicken (or Turkey) Curry in a Hurry

2 cups cooked diced chicken or turkey
1/2 pound thinly sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon oil or margarine
1/3 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons flour
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 cup finely chopped apple
1/4 cup chopped parsley
3/4 cup skim milk
1 cup water

In a large skillet, saute chicken, mushrooms, and onions in oil until chicken is lightly browned on all sides. Stir in flour, bouillon cube, salt, and curry powder. Add apple and parsley, then pour in milk and water. Simmer, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes or until apple pieces are tender-crisp. Serve over rice.
Yield 4-6 servings, approx. calories/serving 235 (or 335 with 1/2 cup rice)

This recipe is from an old American Heart Association Cookbook that I've had for years, copyright 1975. When I make this, I double the amount of curry powder the recipe calls for and I use a Granny Smith apple. We garnish the curry with Major Grey chutney, raisins, cashews or peanuts, and more diced apple.

When our boys were little, I'd separate out some of the chicken or turkey for them, before I added the curry powder, since I had picky little eaters. They enjoyed garnishing theirs with the raisins, nuts, and apple, too.

My husband absolutely loves this recipe. How about your family? Have you ever served curry? If not, this would be a great recipe to try. It's fast, easy, and it's really, really good!

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Curry condiments: raisins, cashews, diced apples, and Major Grey chutney.

Turkey Curry in a Hurry topped with raisins, cashews, apples, and chutney.
Ready to dig in!


  1. This was a family favorite in my house growing up as well. The whole family would get into the preparation and we would think of as many different condiments as possible. We once had 25 different ones, each of us preparing several. They included diced tomato, scallions, braised bananas (plantains are better) coconut, cucumbers diced, and of course the ones you mentioned also. The mixture of tastes would make your mouth burst with flavor.

  2. Thanks for sharing that memory, Teri. Sounds absolutely delicious - and fun!

  3. What a great recipe and awesome suggestion for our Thanksgiving leftovers!

    1. Thanks, Cynthia. Leftover turkey is one of the greatest blessings of Thanksgiving!

  4. That looks seriously good. We ate the last of our turkey over the weekend, but boy do I wish we still had some! We are big fans of turmeric and curry.

    1. You know, graceonline, you could just cook up a chicken breast and/or a couple of thighs to use in the recipe. It doesn't have to be leftovers! You're right, the batch I made today was seriously good! Thanks a bunch for taking the time to comment!


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