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Turkey stew simmering in the pot with a wooden spoon in to stir and herbs alongside.
Turkey Stew
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

This hearty turkey stew with vegetables simmered in a creamy sauce is a delicious way to use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Course: Soup/Stew
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey stew
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 315 kcal
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken or turkey stock (+ additional stock if it's too thick)
  • 1 Tbsp chicken base
  • 5 celery ribs, chopped
  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 cups turkey, cooked and diced/shredded
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 Tbsp flat leaf parsley, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or half n half (optional)
  1. Heat oil and butter in a large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven over medium/high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until softened and golden, about 8 minutes.

  3. Add garlic, mushrooms, season with salt, and cook until mushrooms have released their water and are beginning to brown, another 8 minutes.

  4. Stir in flour and cook 2-3 minutes. Slowly pour in wine and broth, continually stirring.

  5. Mix in base and then add celery, carrots, and potatoes.

  6. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer 30-40 minutes until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add herbs, salt, pepper and turkey. Stir in heavy cream or half n half if using. Simmer until heated through. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Recipe Notes
  • This recipe was created to use up leftover turkey, but poached or rotisserie chicken works great too. 
  • I like a spoon of chicken base to amp up the flavor, but a cube of bullion will work in a pinch.
  • Don't skimp on the fresh herbs. They add a punch of fresh flavor and make a pretty garnish as well.
  • A lighter and still delicious version omits the heavy cream or half n half. It's not necessary, but the cream creates a richer, more velvety sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 433mg19%
Potassium 961mg27%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 6695IU134%
Vitamin C 16.9mg20%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.