Using Leftover Chicken and Turkey

9 Low-Carb Ideas to Help Clear the Fridge

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We always hope for lots of leftover turkey!. Sherwin McGehee/E+/Getty Images

When it comes to poultry, we often like the leftovers better than the main meal -- after all, plain chicken or turkey isn't that great. If you are stuck for ideas, here are some great ways to use those leftovers.

Turkey Wraps

Low-carb tortillas are great for wrapping up meat and veggies together for a portable lunch. Don't forget to put leftover (sugar-free) cranberry sauce in with the turkey.

Turkey Salads

Put meat on top of green salads.

Add some cheese and a few nuts for a fast and deluxe mix. If you have some leftover cranberries, make this quick Cranberry Vinaigrette to toss it with.

Or, add the turkey or chicken, along with bits of apple and maybe some nuts, to some low-carb cole slaw.


Of course, your grandmother's chicken soup just might be the best around, so by all means use an old family recipe. If you're looking for something different, try something like my Rainbow Soup -- it's very nutritious and delicious (I get compliments every time I make it!), or just a simple Turkey Vegetable Soup.

Gravy Plus

Heat up the meat in low-carb gravy. Serve over low-carb biscuits or mashed cauliflower.

Pasta Sauce

Heat the meat in a sugar-free pasta sauce, and serve over a low-carb pasta or substitute.

Chicken ala King

This is the ultimate comfort food. Serve it over low-carb toast, spaghetti squash, low-carb noodles, or cauliflower "rice".

Turkey Tetrazinni

You can make this classic with spaghetti squash or shirataki noodles.

Chicken Divan

This stove-top version makes for a quick meal.

Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie

You can put a low-carb spin on these classics.

Try Something New: Chicken (or Turkey) with Cranberry and Wine Sauce

After Thanksgiving, just make the sauce and pour it over the heated-up turkey to make a change from gravy.

It seems as though all of these dishes are comfort food, doesn't it? No wonder we enjoy the post-holiday eating so much!