Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry

Looking for what to do with Leftover Turkey? Look no further than Turkey Thai Green Curry. Made by a Thai chef, simplified for leftovers – Hungry now?  Jump to Recipe

Coming home for the holidays only ever suggests one thing: excessive overeating. As if I ever needed an excuse to overeat, I’m coming back to a family of foodies who cook for 30+ when there’s only ever no more than 6 of us. Not only does this mean I’m about to double in size by 2018, but realistically it also means there’s going to be a load of leftover turkey, because we insisted on buying one the size of a horse.

Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry - hands cupping bowl

Meet On – the ringleader of the family enforcing the overeating, overspending and large turkey buying. All of which are forgiven by the annual leftover turkey Thai Green Curry she whips up on Boxing Day.

Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry - Chef On

You know, you’re right. You totally could turn your leftover turkey into a sandwich, maybe even a leftover turkey casserole. Heck, why not make a leftover turkey pot pie!? But believe you me, once you turn leftover turkey into a curry you’ll never look back.

Now it took our dear On a little convincing to do this post for the pure reason it wasn’t going to end up being a truly authentic Thai green curry. Because really, who’s got the ingredients and time to make a Thai green curry paste from scratch the day after Christmas? Not me, no ma’am. However, a truly authentic Thai green curry recipe is hitting the site soon.

However, what we ended up with was a convenient version which doesn’t compromise flavour in the slightest. Here’s what what we’re working with.

Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry Ingredients

Now the only ingredients you may not have in your fridge after christmas would be the paste, basil and lime leaves. You’ll get Thai green curry paste in any food store. I have seen both the basil and lime leaves in my local supermarket before and they’ll certainly be in any asian grocery store. If you can get your hands on these then amazing, they’ll make all the difference.

If you’re reading this post thinking ‘crud, we ate all the turkey because we bought one we knew would get eaten’ then good on you. But don’t be discouraged, this recipe will work fantastic with any other fresh meat!

Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry with spoon

So for an added little spice this festive season be sure to give this foolproof Thai green curry a go. Leftover turkey or fresh meat, your guests are going to absolutely fall in love with this dish.

How to make Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry (Full Recipe & Video)

5 from 5 votes
Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry
Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

'Looking for what to do with Leftover Turkey? Look no further than Turkey Thai Green Curry. Made by a Thai chef, simplified for leftovers'

Course: Dinner, Leftovers, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 4
Calories: 302 kcal
Author: Chris
  • Leftover Turkey, cut to bite sized pieces - approx 2 cups/10.6oz (300g)
  • 1/2 Aubergine (eggplant), cut to bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup (250ml) Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup (250ml) Chicken Stock
  • 3 tbsp Thai Green Curry Paste
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Bunch of Thai Basil, leaves only
  • 4 Kaffir Lime Leaves, torn
  • 1 Red Chilli, sliced (deseeded for less heat)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Heat up your Oil over medium heat in a suitable sized pot until bubbling. Add your 3 tbsp of Green Curry Paste and gently stir. This is an important step to allow the paste to release it's flavours. (2-3 mins)

  2. Pour in half of your Coconut Cream, stir to fully mix, then add your Turkey, Chicken Stock and second half of Coconut Cream. Stir again to blend then allow to simmer. (5 mins)

  3. Pour in your Aubergine (eggplant), Sugar, Salt, Thai Basil, Lime Leaves, Salt and Chilli and allow to simmer until the Aubergine is fork tender and the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally. (8-10 mins).

Recipe Notes

a) If you are cooking the meat from raw: Use the same amount specified in the recipe to feed 4. Cook the paste in your oil, add about 1/4 of your coconut cream until bubbling and that's what you'll cook your meat in. Once white throughout, continue with the following steps. 


b) A reputable, trusted green curry paste is preferable. However, if your green curry paste is lacking flavour then consider adding one of all of the following: 1 clove of garlic, 1 shallot, 1 tbsp coriander (cilantro) and 1 green chilli. 


c) After slicing your Aubergine, place in water to prevent browning.


d) To serve, remove the Kaffir Lime Leaves at the very end. That or kindly warn your guests not to eat them whole 🙂

Nutrition Facts
Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Looking for more ways to use up leftovers? Check out my Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese! Perfect for leftover cranberry sauce.

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If you loved this Leftover Turkey Thai Green Curry Recipe then be sure to Pin it for later! Already made it or got a question? Give me a shout in the comments below!




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  • Reply
    December 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    ohhhh this looks like heaven! love anything with Thai basil & coconut milk. I’ve never had eggplant in a Thai curry, what a great addition!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca! Neither had I until this but it totally works!!

  • Reply
    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    December 20, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I love thai food but I’m just not brave enough to make it myself. This looks delicious though and your instructions are simple enough that I feel brave enough to try it! Thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      December 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Oh fab! That’s awesome to hear! This truly is a simple dish 🙂

  • Reply
    December 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    What a gorgeous looking recipe for leftovers! One of the best ideas I’ve seen yet so far for leftover turkey – pinned!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Elizabeth! Thanks for your kind words 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    Kate | Veggie Desserts
    December 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    This is such a great way to use up turkey. And Thai curry is such a great flavour to contrast the heavy Christmas dinner of the days before!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      So glad you agree! 🙂

  • Reply
    Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    December 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    What a gorgeous meal! I have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks so much Allison! You totally should!

  • Reply
    November 15, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Hey is that authentic Thai green curry recipe still coming? I loved this one, but sure would like to try to make it from scratch!

    • Reply
      November 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Hey Meghan! I am definitely still planning on uploading the recipe (apologies!!) but in the meantime I actually give away a free mini Thai cookbook as part of my mailing list, which has the authentic Thai Green Curry recipe included. Feel free to sign up here: https://www.dontgobaconmyheart.co.uk/free-ecookbook/ OR just hold tight until I gain control of this crazy festive period and get a minute to shoot and upload it on the blog! 🙂

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