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leftover turkey biryani in a bowl with a large frying pan full of the curried dish behind it and forks set to the side.

Left Over Turkey Biryani

This Turkey Biryani recipe is ideal to use up your leftover turkey and turn it into a real feast. Served hot or cold it is a versatile and easy dish to rustle up in one pot.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword biryani, leftover turkey biryani, turkey biryani
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 594 kcal


  • 400 grams cooked turkey
  • 300 grams basmati rice
  • 1 medium brown onion
  • 600 mls chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • tbsp garam masala
  • 3 tbsp mango chutney
  • 1 large yellow pepper
  • 10 grams fresh coriander
  • 25 grams butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Firstly I get all my ingredients weighed out and ready. It makes a MASSIVE difference to stress levels to have it all ready to throw in. Plus you might have been on the sherry or port.

  2. Add the butter and oil to a really large saucepan or frying pan.

  3. Add in the onions and gently fry for five minutes until the onions start to turn golden and soften.

  4. Add the pepper strips, spices and bay leaf and cook those for another few minutes.

  5. Add in the rice and stir it all in the oniony mixture so as to cover the rice well in all the spices.

  6. Add the turkey, chutney and stock and mix it all well together.

  7. Bring it all to a simmer, give a final stir then put the lid on and leave to simmer for as long as it takes to cook your rice. For basmati rice it is usually about 15-20 minutes. Brown rice will take longer.

  8. Check the rice to see if it is cooked and tender, cook for longer if not and add a splash of water if it is too dry.

  9. When cooked then stir through your chopped coriander and leave the lid on, off the heat, for another 10 minutes before fluffing it all up with a fork.

  10. Serve immediately and scatter on extra coriander for anyone who wants it.

  11. Apply To Sherry Sloshed Face

Recipe Notes

Substitute your own spices to suit.

Dial your heat up easily with chilli flakes.

Use other types of rice such a brown rice or long grain rice.

Swap in other vegetables such as spinach or mushrooms.

Nutritional information is only meant as a guide and approximate. 

Nutrition Facts
Left Over Turkey Biryani
Amount Per Serving
Calories 594 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 971mg42%
Potassium 665mg19%
Carbohydrates 83g28%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 463IU9%
Vitamin C 90mg109%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.