My Mother's Cooking - Holiday Leftovers - Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie

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After my older sister left home, there were often only four of us left for Thanksgiving. That meant that the day after Thanksgiving we would have leftover turkey, stuffing and whatever else was left from the day before.


By the third day, there wasn’t a lot of turkey left and we were looking for something a little different. It was then that my mother would make turkey pot pie. My mother would strip all of the remaining meat off of the bones and cut it up into small cubes.


Since the gravy, stuffing, potatoes and vegetables were all gone by then, she would use canned chicken gravy, frozen vegetables and raw potatoes to form the base and then spoon dumplings made from Bisquick and milk into the simmering liquid.


Obviously, if you still have leftover gravy, potatoes or vegetables, you can use them instead, but we never had any. You can use turkey gravy instead of chicken gravy if you can find any and mixed vegetables would work as well as the carrots and peas.


This recipe can be used for any leftover meat that you have from the day before, For leftover beef, substitute beef gravy and for leftover pork you can still use chicken gravy if you don't have any pork gravy leftover.


I believe that this recipe would also work with leftover ham although I have never tried it. In that case, I think that I might prefer to use a white gravy (Bechamel sauce) instead of a brown one but chicken gravy would also work.




Preparation Time:

30 Minutes

Cooking Time:

60 Minutes



About 1-Lb. of Leftover Turkey cut into small pieces

2-14 Oz. Cans of Chicken Gravy

1 Package of Frozen Peas and Carrot

1 Medium Onion peeled and finely diced

2 Large Potatoes peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes

2 Cups of Bisquick

Enough milk to form a heavy paste with the Bisquick

Salt and Pepper to taste



  1. Warm the gravy in a large ovenproof kettle or Dutch oven.
  2. Add the chopped onion, diced potatoes and frozen vegetables and simmer about 20 minutes until the ingredients are done.
  3. Adjust the salt level and pepper to your own taste. Then, stir in the cut-up, leftover turkey and cook 5 more minutes.
  4. Meanwhile add enough milk to the Bisquick to form a thick paste and drop large spoonfuls of it all over the surface. Be aware that they will double in size when heated so leave some room.
  5. You can cover them and continue cooking for about 20 minutes on top of the stove, but the Dumplings will not be browned.
  6. I suggest finishing them uncovered in a 300 F oven until they are lightly browned.


Serving Suggestions:

This is a complete meal, but you could also serve a small salad or open up a can of cranberries.


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lhchan 5 years ago

Thanks very much for the recipe, will try to prepare during Christmas.

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synthasam23 5 years ago from Texas

Turkey sandwiches and Turkey soup is what we, my family, do at my house for left overs! But this recipe seems so simple, I would really love to try it this year! Compliments to you and your mom for this recipe! Gracias, glad I found this!

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rjsadowski 5 years ago Author

Thanks for your comments. We always looked forward to this as a welcome change. You can also do this with a left over pork or beef roast - you simply change the type of gravy that you use.

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damselfly21 5 years ago

that sounds great, almost better than the meal itself!

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rjsadowski 5 years ago Author

I actually like this pot pie better than the turkey, but I am not a big turkey lover. I like the stuffing and the side dishes better than the turhey too.

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Great recipe for turkey leftovers. I'm a turkey lover but my family can eat just so many sandwiches.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Another great recipe to vote up and bookmark.

Thanks for sharing these ,they are amazing.

Take care and I wish you a wonderful day.


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