Turkey Stew

This creamy, hearty Turkey Stew is a delicious way to use up leftover turkey! So comforting and cozy, there’s no better way to transform your leftovers!

turkey stew in a bowl

Creamy, Cozy Turkey Stew Recipe

If you’re looking for a way to transform your leftover turkey after Thanksgiving, this turkey stew is an excellent solution. Loaded with vegetables and tons of turkey meat, in a thick and creamy white wine broth.

Of course, you can swap out chicken in the recipe, too. We have a Chicken Stew recipe that is similar to this stew, but the recipes are both interchangeable with either chicken or turkey.

How To Make Turkey Stew

Start by cooking down onions, carrots, celery and garlic in a large 5 quart soup pot. Once the vegetables have softened, add cubed potatoes and stir them all together.

carrots, celery and onions for turkey soup recipe

Cook the potatoes together with the vegetables for another 5-7 minutes and then add fresh rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.

The vegetables don’t need to be fully cooked and tender at this stage, just softened and caramelized a little for flavor. They’ll continue to cook and become tender as the stew simmers.

vegetables for turkey stew recipe

What Is All That Brown Stuff On The Bottom Of My Pot?

That’s the flavor, baby. All those brown bits are actually called fond. It’s concentrated flavor from what you’ve been cooking in the pot, all waiting down there to be released or deglazed with stock, water or in this turkey stew recipe, wine.

Pour in white wine to deglaze the pot, let it bubble up and then scrape up all those brown bits. While the wine reduces, keep scraping up the bottom until it’s practically clean again.

Now pour in the chicken stock and add your cooked, leftover turkey and let the stew simmer.

pot ready for deglazing

Can This Stew Recipe Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Absolutely! This stew only gets better as it sits, so a day or two ahead of time is perfect. Just reheat in the microwave for a comforting dinner or lunch in just minutes!

Do keep in mind how long you’ve had your leftover turkey in the fridge, though. Leftover turkey is good for up to 4 days, so if you’re on day 2 of your turkey then this stew will be good for another 2 days.

We like to have these Leftover Turkey recipes in the back of our heads, knowing ahead of time what we’re going to make, and then we freeze our turkey right after Thanksgiving so it’s as fresh as can be when we pull it out of the freezer.

turkey stew in bowl close up

What Other Vegetables Can I Use For This Turkey Stew?

Swap out almost any vegetables that you like, or add to the ones that we have here. Spinach, frozen or fresh, is a great addition. As are frozen peas, chopped broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, or really any vegetable that you have on hand.

Instead of potatoes you can add pasta or rice to this stew, even cauliflower rice if you’re watching your carbs.

turkey stew in bowl with crackers

Looking For More Leftover Turkey Recipes?

turkey stew in a bowl

Turkey Stew

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Make this creamy, comforting Turkey Stew with your leftover turkey! A hearty and comforting meal that’s ready in less than 30 minutes!



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, washed and cubes (skins on or off)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 6 cups cooked, diced turkey
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh parsley


  1. Pour the olive oil into a 6-7 quart dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery to the pot, stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the potatoes to the pot and stir to combine. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary and then sprinkle in the flour. Stir and let cook for one minute. Pour in the wine to deglaze the bottom of the pot, scraping up the bottom of the pot as it reduce. Let the wine reduce for 2 minutes, the pour in the chicken stock and stir. Bring the stew to a boil, then turn down to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the turkey to the pot along with the cream and parsley. Stir and let cook for 10 minutes to thicken. Taste for seasonings and serve.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mantitlement, turkey stew, stew recipe, leftover turkey recipe, leftover recipe, comfort food recipes

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