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On our breakfast table served with fried bee hoon (vermicelli).

Right after all the festive feasting, we always have a lot of leftovers. This year I managed to find a rather small turkey at 5.1kg for our family Christmas gathering, but still we were left with two boxes of the leftover turkey at the end of the day. I used the turkey leg in this leftover turkey curry recipe, despite my mummy said it’s a waste of the turkey leg, I should have used the drier turkey breast instead. I thought the tenderness of the juicy turkey leg will make the perfect turkey curry and I was really happy with the end results.

Is turkey a low calorie meat?

Turkey meat is known to be nutritious, providing protein, fat, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is generally lower in saturated fat than beef. Fat-free turkey is also the lowest calorie meat option and may be a better choice for heart health.

How to make the perfect turkey curry recipe?

I love making my own curry paste and made it a day in advance for this recipe. You can use any store bought curry paste and it works as well.

I didn’t add any vegetables in this turkey curry recipe, though I normally would add some tofu puffs and potatoes in my curry dishes. It’s packed full of flavours, from the butter herb infused turkey meat cooked stuffed with apples, lemons and onions, and the aromatic spices used in the curry paste.

Even without using the leftover turkey, you can also use other kinds of meat such as chicken or beef.

Just fry the curry paste to release its aroma, then add the turkey meat, water, coconut milk and seasoning. The actual cooking took less than 15 minutes, which is really a relief, especially after all the hours spent cooking in the kitchen for the festives.

Ingredients in turkey curry recipe

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Leftover Turkey Curry Recipe

What to do with leftover turkey after all that Thanksgiving or Christmas feasting? This leftover curry turkey recipe is easy and quick to cook and goes well with rice, vermicelli or roti. The curry paste is made from scratch but you can use any store bought curry pastes and it works out well too.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course curry, dinner, lunch, Main Course, meat
Cuisine asian, southeast asian
Servings 6 persons
Calories 180 kcal


  • 4-5 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 leftover turkey leg (can be breast meat or any other parts too) deboned and chop into chunks
  • 100 ml water
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • Salt season to taste

Curry paste (yields about 250g curry paste)

  • 20 dry chilli
  • 5 shallots peeled
  • 5 garlic gloves peeled
  • 1 inch galangal
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric


Make curry paste (optional if you use store bought paste)

  • Soak dry chilli in hot boiling water for about 10 minutes until soften. Save the water for later.
  • Chop all curry paste ingredients into smaller pieces.
  • Make the curry paste by blending all the curry paste ingredients and 2-3 tbsp of chilli water in a food processor.

Cook turkey curry

  • Heat cooking oil over low-medium heat.
    add curry paste
  • Add curry paste and sauté until the paste releases its aroma. This takes about 3-4 minutes.
    saute paste
  • Add deboned turkey leg and fry for 2-3 minutes until the turkey is well coated with the curry paste.
    add turkey
  • Add water and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
    add water
  • Add coconut milk and let it simmer for a minute.
    add coconut milk
  • Add salt and season according to taste.
    add salt
  • Let it simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes.
    simmer turkey curry recipe
  • Serve warm with rice, vermicelli or roti.
    turkey curry recipe



Feel free to add vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower or potatoes. 
You can either make your own curry paste or use store bought curry paste. 
You can substitute the coconut milk with full cream milk, cooking cream or yoghurt. I prefer coconut milk in curry personally. 


Calories: 180kcal
Keyword asian cuisine, Christmas turkey, curry, curry paste, leftovers, spicy food, thanksgiving turkey
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