chunks of turkey in a green bowl atop white rice

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Curry with Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian-Indian


Leftover turkey is perfect for this easy Asian-inspired curry and sweet potato dish! Post-Thanksgiving has never tasted so good!



  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoongaram masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoonyellow curry powder
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • ½ cup light coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ½ large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • ½ large white sweet potato (or regular potato), peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 cups leftover cooked turkey meat, cut into thick cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Steamed white rice


  1. Slice the leftover turkey breast into thick pieces before cubing.
  2. Sauté the onions and garlic until translucent.
  3. Stir in garam masala, cumin, and curry powder until incorporated. Add in tomato, stirring for about 2 minutes. Add the coconut milk, water, and potatoes and stir well.
  4. Cook and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
  5. Stir in the turkey meat and simmer another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over steamed rice. Garnish with fresh cilantro.


  • Use any sweet potatoes you can locate. I was able to find these beautiful white sweet potatoes at Whole Foods. Check your local Asian market too!
  • You can use white meat or dark meat in this dish, or both. I happen to like white meat better, but don’t let that stop you!
  • Brown rice would also be delicious in this dish!

Keywords: easy turkey curry, turkey curry and rice, turkey curry Indian style, leftover turkey recipes