Delicious leftover turkey stir fry coats the turkey with a delightful Asian style sauce. Boring leftover turkey is thus transformed into a new, fabulous dish!
This leftover turkey stir fry is one of my most requested leftover turkey recipes. All my family members love it! And I love the way leftover turkey forces me to be creative.
Healthy leftover turkey recipe
Back when I didn’t mind bread, it was easy! Turkey salad on bread, turkey quesadillas, turkey paninis, enchiladas, and even leftover turkey pizza were the obvious solution.
Now that I’m trying to minimize bread and grains, things have become more challenging – and more interesting.
The ingredients needed to make this recipe
The list of ingredients in the recipe card may seem long, but it’s really not too bad. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Cooked turkey meat
- Frozen chopped vegetables
- Sauce: soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes, cornstarch
- Coconut oil
- Aromatics: onion, garlic, and ginger
- Garnish: sesame oil and sesame seeds
How to make leftover turkey stir fry
This delicious stir fry coats the leftover turkey with a very flavorful Asian-style sauce. With the addition of sauteed onions, garlic, ginger and vegetables, the boring turkey is transformed into a completely new, very tasty dish.
And although this is not a low carb dish, I do consider it healthy, with its abundance of vegetables.
Another plus to this healthy recipe: it’s ready fast, especially if you use frozen, pre-chopped vegetables.
Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
- Defrost the vegetables in the microwave.
- Prepare a sauce, using soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes and cornstarch.
- Cook onions, garlic and ginger in coconut oil. Add cooked turkey meat, the vegetables and the sauce.
- Stir-Fry until the sauce thickens.
- Drizzle with sesame oil and serve.
Don’t overcook the turkey meat
An important tip when making this recipe is to cook it minimally. After all, the meat is already cooked and you don’t want to dry it out.
So at the last step, when you add the meat, defrosted veggies and sauce to the skillet, really do cook the whole thing no more than the time it takes to heat through. That’s for about 2 minutes.
How to store leftover turkey stir fry
Can you keep leftovers? You could. But since you’re making this stir fry with leftover meat, you should take into account how much time that meat has already spent in the fridge.
Cooked poultry is safe when refrigerated in an airtight container for no longer than 3-4 days. As for reheating the leftovers, you can reheat them in the microwave on 50% power.
Leftover Turkey Stir Fry
- 1 lb. leftover white turkey meat, skinless (dark meat is fine too)
- 1 lb. package frozen chopped vegetables (I used a mix of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)
- 3 tablespoon light soy sauce (or use a gluten-free alternative and add salt as needed)
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil or avocado oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped (6 oz)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger root
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish
- Slice the turkey meat into strips. Set aside.
- Place the frozen vegetables in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Add 2 tablespoons water, cover and microwave 3 minutes. Stir, cover again, and microwave 2 more minutes or until just tender. Drain and set aside.
- Prepare the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes and cornstarch. Set aside.
- In a large, deep skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until translucent but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.
- Add the turkey meat, the vegetables and the sauce. Cook, stirring, until everything is well-coated and sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.
- Off heat, drizzle with the sesame oil and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Serve immediately.