Leftover Turkey Chili Recipe

November 23, 2023   5 Comments

If you make my turkey breast in an oven bag, you might have some leftovers to deal with and you should make my leftover turkey chili recipe.

Leftover Turkey Chili Recipe

You can freeze them or you can use them up in all sorts of ways. Sandwiches, salads, turkey tetrazzini….zzzz….wait! I’m still blogging!

Do not make boring food with this turkey breast gold! Make a white chili that everyone will declare amazing – and is so easy that you will ask yourself why you ate that boring sandwich.

The key to the chili brilliance here is to toast the spices before you add the broth. Toasting helps deepen the flavor of the spices, just like roasting makes vegetables sweeter. This is Cooking 101 and I am always happy when I take the time to do this step.

Another great seasonal chili is my pumpkin chili which utilizes both ground turkey and pumpkin (but not pumpkin spice because that would be gross).

Another nice thing about this recipe is that most of the ingredients are probably in your pantry already (with the exception of the chopped green chili). Turkey and chilis are a surpisingly good combination. Since turkey has such a strong flavor (as opposed to chicken) it is a great contrast to the spiciness of the pepper.

You can easily double this recipe and freeze it. My family had already munched on the roasted turkey breast that I made so I only had a pound left by the time I got around to making this.

Do be sure to drain and rinse the canned beans. You can cut the sodium by more than 10% by rinsing them.

Roasting a turkey breast and then making multiple meals from it is such a good idea for saving money. You also won’t dial take out when you look in your fridge and see a big honking turkey breast – ready to eat.

Leftover Turkey Chili Recipe

2.0 from 27 reviews

Makes 6 servings

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 4-ounce can chopped green chilis (can find in Mexican section)
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 pound of roasted turkey breast, skin removed


Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Saute the onion until translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and stir for one minute. Add the cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper and toast the spices for another minute.

Add the green chilis (not drained), beans, and chicken stock and heat over medium high. While you are heating the stock mixture, chop the turkey breast into little chunks. Add the turkey breast and serve when hot.

I love to add a dollop of sour cream or a little grated cheddar cheese to this chili.

Nutrition Facts

For one serving = 216 calories, 4.1 g fat, 0.7 g saturated fat, 24.1 g carbohydrates, 4.4 g sugar, 20 g protein, 5.2 g fiber, 320 mg sodium, 5 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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This sounds good. I think you meant to say saute onion for 5 minutes not garlic.

@Karen -thank you!! I have made the correction in recipe above.

What amount is a serving size?

Love, love this recipe and make it frequently. Seems like I use more broth and add tomatoes, carrots and celery. It is a great, flexible recipe and really good as written!


I’m with Robin. This is a great recipe as written and can be flexible. Add a few more things, make a few substitutions, use what you have… it makes a great pot of turkey chili!

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