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Leftover (Turkey/Chicken) Soup

Hungry for more? This recipe was featured in a podcast episode!


A bowl of soup with a baguette on the side

Being a small family, we have to get creative with turkey leftovers. This is a flavourful Asian-inspired soup that is perfect for cold weather and will make you crave turkey more than a few times a year. This dish can be made with chicken as well.

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook time: 1.5 hrs

Yield: 4 - 8 servings (depending on leftovers)


  • meat removed from turkey/chicken carcass

  • bones of carcass

  • 3 cloves minced garlic (to taste)

  • minced ginger (same amount as garlic)

  • 1 tomato chopped

  • 1 onion sliced

  • 2 tsp of curry powder or 2 tbsp of thai red curry paste

  • 1 can coconut milk

  • leftover vegetables (or fresh/frozen vegetables of your choice)

  • optional: curry leaves, kaffir leaves, lemongrass, more garlic or any Asian aromatic ingredient

  • water

  • 1 cup washed brown rice (or rice vermicelli)

  • oil

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Remove meat from carcass and set aside

  2. Add water and carcass to a soup pot and bring to boil.

  3. Mince garlic and ginger and add to pot.

  4. Add more aromatics such as curry leaves or lemongrass. Make sure to bruise or distress them first.

  5. Simmer for at least 1 hour. The longer, the more flavourful.

  6. Drain broth and set aside.

  7. In the soup pot, add some oil on low-medium heat.

  8. Fry tomatoes and onions until onions are translucent. Add curry paste or powder and more minced garlic if you wish. Fry for another minute until the ingredients are fragrant.

  9. Add broth and bring to boil.

  10. Add rice into broth and cook for 20 min.

  11. Add leftover meat and vegetables and cook until rice is tender.

  12. Add coconut milk and cook for 5 more minutes.

  13. Serve this with a buttered baguette and enjoy.

Zhuzh it up!

  • Make this a noodle soup! Skip step 9. Soften some rice vermicelli according to package's instructions. Add to a bowl and ladle the delicious broth over the noodles.

  • No leftovers? No problem! Make this soup from scratch. Bring a pot of water to boil, add your meat and boil for a few minutes. Discard the water, rinse the meat and start from step one. This step gets rid of scum and makes for a clearer broth.

This is an original recipe that was inspired by our family's delicious Christmas dinners.


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