Try our turkey curry, then check out our leftover roast turkey pie, turkey ramen and more leftover turkey recipes.

How to make the perfect turkey curry: cook's tips

  • Use a hotter chilli powder if you prefer more heat.
  • Use a mix of white and dark meat for extra flavour.
  • Peanut butter is our secret ingredient, adding another layer of flavour.
  • Using the chickpea liquid stops food waste.

How to store turkey curry: Cool and store in airtight containers in the fridge for up to three days. If the turkey has been defrosted, do not refreeze.

How to serve turkey curry: Serve with fluffy rice or a baked potato.

Can it be made in advance? You could make this the day before to let the flavours intensify overnight.

Turkey curry recipe


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 10cm piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 300g leftover cooked turkey, shredded (see tip)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (see top tip)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 400g can chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • fresh coriander, to serve
  • naan or rice, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion over a medium-low heat for 8-10 mins until soft. Season, stir in the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 min until fragrant. Stir in the turkey along with the dried spices and tomato purée, and cook for another 2 mins, stirring well.

  • STEP 2

    Pour in the coconut milk and chickpeas (including the liquid). Add the peanut butter, then bring to the boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 6-8 mins until the sauce is thickened slightly.

  • STEP 3

    Scatter over the coriander and serve with naans on the side.

Discover more delicious leftover turkey recipes



Goes well with


Comments, questions and tips

Rate this recipe

What is your star rating out of 5?

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Choose the type of message you'd like to post

Overall rating

A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings