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Leftover Turkey Recipe: Sweet and Sour Turkey

A bit of a different leftover turkey recipe, this one adds a little sweet and sour to the bird.

I love turkey, as most of us do, and turkey leftovers are wonderful.

It’s nice to take a break from the regular casserole type turkey leftovers, as good as they are.

There are just so many times you want to eat hot turkey sandwiches and casseroles. This recipe for sweet and sour turkey is a nice change.

Of course, you can also use this recipe with chicken.

Either way, it’s a nice sweet and sour recipe. I think you will enjoy it.

Sweet and Sour Leftover Turkey Recipe

Sweet and Sour Turkey (with leftover turkey)

This leftover turkey recipe is a bit different from the standard casserole. It's a sweet and sour turkey recipe using leftovers. Fantastic!

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 6 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, or green, sliced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 - 19 ounce can pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup sweet pickle liquid
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 cups turkey, cubed, cooked or chicken
  • 1 cup sweet pickles, quartered


  • Sauté vegetables in butter until tender-crisp.
  • Drain pineapple reserving juice. Add water to make up 2 cups liquid. Stir into mixture of sugar and cornstarch until smooth.
  • Add mixture to vegetables with pickle liquid, ketchup and soy sauce. Cook stirring constantly until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add pineapple, turkey, and pickles. Heat through and serve over cooked rice.


Trans Fat: 0g
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  • Use fresh or leftover chicken and this becomes a terrific sweet and sour chicken recipe.
  • If you wish you can coat the turkey or chicken pieces with egg then flour and fry them to create a batter as in the image.

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Sweet and Sour Leftover Turkey Recipe

2 thoughts on “Leftover Turkey Recipe: Sweet and Sour Turkey”

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delish! I didn’t add the pickles as my family doesn’t like them. At first I thought it was a lot of liquid but it thickened up like magic!

    Would have added a photo if possible!


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