Turkey and chestnut pilaf
This recipe was sent to us by Becky, one of our online blogger mums. Her challenge was to cook a meal using turkey leftovers. Here's what she thought:
English Mum
What we thought:
This pilaf recipe is based on one I use quite a lot, with the addition of some lovely Christmassy spices and some festive chestnuts. 
Essential Ingredient:
Leftover turkey
2 tbsp Rapeseed oil

1 onion, finely chopped

Generous pinch of salt

3 tsp pilau spice

1 or 2 bay leaves

Leftover roast turkey, shredded

Chestnuts 200g vacuum packed (reserve a couple for garnish)

1 Litre chicken stock (or leftover gravy diluted)

300g brown or white Basmati rice, well rinsed

To garnish: Crumbled chestnuts and a handful of fresh corainder or parsley

To serve:
Serve with naan bread.
This turkey recipe is a tasty one pot wonder, give it a go!
  1. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan and gently fry the onion until translucent, adding in the salt at this stage.
  2. Add in the spice and bay leaves and cook gently. Throw in the turkey and chestnuts and stir gently until everything is coated in the spices.
  3. Take out the bay leaves and add in the rice and chicken stock (use a generous amount if you like your pilaf with a bit of sauce. Use about 750ml of stock if you prefer it drier).
  4. Stir well and cover.
  5. Turn the heat right down and leave to cook for about 30 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Try not to keep lifting the lid so you keep all the steam inside.
  6. Fork the pilaf through to fluff up the rice, then keep it covered until you're ready to serve.
  7. Throw in a handful of peas if you like for added colour and freshness.
  8. Just before serving sprinkle over the reserved chestnuts and coriander.
View other All recipes

Rice Crispie TurkeyItalian Mini Turkey BurgersTurkey FajitasTurkey Spaghetti BologneseSichuan Turkey Mapo TofuTurkey SoupThai Turkey Lettuce WrapsTurkey & mediterranean veg pastaTurkey and sweet potato curryTurkey pinwheel pops and Nutella jar saladTurkey LasagneTurkey and Bacon Subs with Sweetcorn RelishJerky TurkeyRoast Turkey MufalettaTurkey Thair curryTurkey, Stuffing and Cranberry PiesTurkey Koftas with Cous Cous and TzatzikiBarbecue Turkey PizzaCouscous with Turkey and Peppadew PeppersRosti Topped Turkey PieChristmas PieTurkey Pasta BakeGreen Thai curry for the slow cookerSweet and sour turkey noodlesZingy KievTurkey with Mushrooms and CranberryChinese Style Turkey Mince Stir FryTurkey Parcels - Two WaysThai Style BitesTurkey, tomato and pesto open puff pastry tartKids' Turkey CurryTurkey Asparagus Impossible QuicheThai turkey burgersTurkey Breast Stew with Flageolet BeansQuick and Easy Turkey MeatballsTurkey, banana and apricot burgersFruity Turkey KebabsLime Turkey QuesadillasTurkey EnchiladasTurkey Tortilla WrapsTurkey and sage lumiconiOne Pot Herby Turkey and RiceTurkey Piri Piri SaladThai style turkey saladPissaladiere with Turkey and Peppadew peppersJubilee TurkeyMum's Turkey MeatballsTurkey CasseroleSpiced Turkey Burgers with Avocado RelishTurkey Chilli Con CarneTurkey Stir Fry with Sticky Orange SauceTurkey and Leek Meatballs with Tomato TagliatelleTurkey Kebabs with TabboulehTurkey PieTurkey PithivierLeftover turkey hoisin sauce wrapsQuick turkey kievTurkey and cheesey courgette meatballsDiced Turkey with Chorizo and ChickpeasBaked turkey and stuffing picnic balls with tomato dipping sauceTurkey KebabsTurkey and Cauliflower BakeTurkey BourguignonTurkey and Bacon LasagneMini Turkey KievsSpring Turkey Pot PiesTurkey spring rolls with cranberry dipping sauceTurkey Red Pepper BurgersCaramelised turkey with chinese coleslawTurkey Ham and Thyme PieTurkey and Peppadew Macaroni CheeseChinese Turkey with Chillies and BasilTurkey pie with crushed roast potato toppingTurkey and Coriander Stir FryTurkey Bubble and Squeak PattiesTurkey GoulashTurkey and Peppadew FrittataMediterranean Stuffed Turkey ParcelsTurkey CalzoneWarm mexican turkey saladTurkey MoussakaMexican Shredded Turkey MoleTurkey BurgersTurkey MeatloafTurkey Bolognese with Fresh Basil & Mozzarella PearlsTurkey stir fryMan-Size Turkey Caesar SaladCheesy Turkey RouladeTurkey Conchiglie BologneseSticky Sweet Chilli Turkey KebabsJerk turkey pizzaHealthy Turkey Caesar SaladIndian Spiced MeatballsTurkey a la KingSlow Cooker Turkey LasagneTurkey Thigh Joint with CiderTurkey Ham Citrus SaladMini Muffin Turkey and Red Onion Barbecue PizzaTurkey and Tomato BakeTurkey and Coconut KormaBaked turkey spring rollsTurkey Ham and Mushroom Pasta BakeButternut Squash and Turkey GoulashTurkey picnic rollsTurkey JambalayaLeftover Turkey CurryMoroccan Style Turkey with Ras-El-HanoutLeftover Turkey and Vegetable CasseroleTurkey stroganoff with soured creamTriple Turkey Balls LasagneCoronation turkey picnic rollsLemon Turkey Pappadelle PastaTurkey ChilliTurkey kebabs - Two waysTurkey and Apricot BurgersCrispy Sesame Turkey Salad with Orange Honey DressingTurkey WellingtonLeftover Christmas dinner pizzaTurkey, Brie and Cranberry Parcels with Winter SlawAsian turkey picnic wrapsTurkey RisottoTurkey Pan BagnatChargrilled turkey and nectarine saladTurkey Cottage PieLean BBQ BurgersSlow Cooked Turkey PieTurkey salad with honey mustard dressingTurkey MeatballsOjo's easy turkey chilliSmokey turkey pizzaTurkey FrittataTurkey Soup with Vegetables and HerbsTurkey JubileeThree Cup TurkeySlow Cooked BBQ Pulled TurkeyTurkey and Broccoli QuicheTurkey keftedes, mint sauce and tabboulehMoroccan Turkey Steak with Fresh CorianderTurkey RoastCheesy Turkey FingersTurkey curry shepherds pieTurkey and pesto french bread pizzaSichuan Pepper Turkey Noodles with Wild GarlicTurkey and Ham PieChilli turkey ciabattaRed Thai Turkey PizzaTomato turkey bakeTurkey skewers with flatbread & cornRigatoni and Turkey MeatballsLemon and pesto gnocchi with turkeyTurkey Wellington20 Minute Turkey Stir FryTurkey and Stilton with Apricot and Cranberry Filo ParcelsTurkey and cous cous stuffed marrowsSweet and Sour TurkeyTurkey Korma WhirlsTurkey alla cacciatoreTurkey CurryCitrus Turkey SaladItalian Rice with Turkey

Add new comment

Choose your star rating:


CLOSE Choose your star rating

CLOSE Send this page to a friend
Your Friend's Name
Your Friend's Email
Your Name
Your email address
Article link
Your message
CLOSE Send me ingredients list
Your Name
Your email address

Welcome to LeanOnTurkey.co.uk

Welcome to the home of great turkey recipes. Lean on turkey gives you some
fantastic recipe ideas whether you want a quick fix weekday favourite or inspiring
meals to tempt your taste buds, it’s all here!