Turkey Wild Rice Soup

This Turkey Wild Rice Soup recipe is the perfect lunch or dinner to whip up after a great Thanksgiving meal. If you don’t have turkey leftovers, no problem because it also works great with leftover shredded chicken as well! This easy to prepare soup is full of veggies, it’s warm and hearty and so delicious!

healthy leftover turkey soup

Turkey Wild Rice Soup

I found myself a few weeks ago with a lot of unseasonal turkey leftovers thanks to our recipe testing and preparation for all of our new 2018 Thanksgiving recipes. I whipped up this Turkey Rice Soup because Mike and I needed to eat dinner and we loved it so much I decided I should share it here!

I love the heartiness and the different texture of the wild rice and that it is so full of veggies! If you are able to utilize the leftovers of a turkey carcass to make bone broth with, like I did, it takes it up to another level! The better the broth, the better the soup so make sure if you aren’t making your own to buy a good quality brand!

Leftover turkey soup with rice

Turkey Rice Soup Ingredients

  • Wild Rice
  • Leftover Roasted Turkey (or Rotisserie Chicken)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried Parsley
  • Turkey Bone Broth or Regular Broth
  • Fish Sauce (this gives it another flavor dimension, but you can omit if you want)

How do you make turkey rice soup from leftover turkey?

You’ll want to pick off as much of the meat as possible from the turkey after it has been carved. If you are able to, pick all the meat from the turkey while it’s still warm because it is much easier to do! Our recipe calls for about 2-3 cups of leftover turkey meat. Once you’ve picked off meat from the turkey you should make a bone broth with it to use in your soup!

Once you’ve got your meat and your broth your ready to make the soup! And we aren’t reinventing the wheel here: You saute your aromatics, add some spices, meat, rice and broth and simmer away until the rice is fully cooked through and you have a flavorful dinner on your hands!

Bone broth made from turkey carcass

How do you make homemade turkey broth?

I made a super quick Turkey Stock with the leftover carcass and it was so simple! I used the Instant Pot, of course, but you can also do this on the stovetop. I put the whole carcass, a few aromatics, spices, and water in the Instant Pot and cooked on high pressure for 50 minutes. It might have been the best broth I’ve ever tasted and was just so perfect in this soup. I’ve linked the instructions in the notes of the recipe if you want to make your own as well. If you don’t want to make it you can use regular bone broth or stock.

Turkey Wild Rice Soup in a bowl

What vegetables are good in turkey rice soup?

We choose to include onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms! But if you have other leftover veggies like green beans you can add those in at the very end of the cooking time just to reheat!

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Turkey Wild Rice Soup

This Turkey Wild Rice Soup recipe is the perfect lunch or dinner to whip up after a great Thanksgiving meal. If you don’t have turkey leftovers, no problem because it also works great with leftover shredded chicken as well! This easy-to-prepare soup is full of veggies, it’s warm and hearty and so delicious.

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1 tablespoon butter or avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, sliced to 1/4″
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 5 cups turkey stock or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 23 cups shredded cooked turkey breast (leftover thanksgiving turkey works great for this, or shredded chicken works as well)


  1. In a large dutch oven or stock pot, over medium heat and add butter/oil.
  2. When hot add onions, carrots, celery and salt and pepper to the pot and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook another 5 minutes.
  4. Add thyme, parsley and 4 cups of the turkey stock, fish sauce, and rice.
  5. Bring to a simmer and then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Add the turkey and simmer, uncovered, another 30-50 minutes, until the rice is cooked.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning and add more broth if needed.


This recipe was developed for thanksgiving leftovers, but it will work great with leftover chicken as well.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 213
  • Sugar: 3.9g
  • Sodium: 765mg
  • Fat: 0.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.2g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Protein: 22g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg

November 19, 2018

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14 Responses

  1. Gave this one a shot with leftover thanksgiving turkey and it was SO GOOD. I accidentally followed the bone broth instructions to make the soup in my Instant Pot and it turned out great! Will definitely have to try the bone broth recipe asap!

    5.0 rating

  2. I did the same thing! Often InstantPot directions are below the rest of the recipe, so I just kept on scrolling! Oops!
    I did think it turned out, but when I make this in the Instant Pot again, I’ll be sure to use raw chicken. Since mine had already been cooked, it ended up way overcooked with another 50 minutes in the IP. It was still delicious, and even my soup-averse husband liked it!

  3. I just wanted to second the comment about the instant pot timing, perhaps it should be adjusted? 50 minutes on high is way too long for already cooked poultry, no? It seemed long when I read it, so I put it in for just 30 thinking I’d check at that point, and it was already tough as shoe leather when it came out. Sadly, I had to toss the whole pot as my family wouldn’t eat it :(. Not going to leave a rating since it seems like all the ingredients would make a delicious soup other than this weird timing issue.

    1. Sarah–Sorry you misunderstood and wasted ingredients but we DO NOT offer directions for making this soup in the Instant Pot in this recipe. We have directions for making the stock / bone broth in the Instant Pot, in case you want to make your own. But no where in the recipe do we offer directions for cooking the soup in the Instant Pot. That is cooked on the stove top. -Kelli

  4. Very nice- tasting soup! My husband and I enjoyed it a lot! Will make again! Thanks so much for another good recipe!

    5.0 rating

  5. This was the most amazing soup I have ever made! I left the fish sauce out because I didn’t have it but that’s the only change I made.

    5.0 rating

  6. Used about 5 qts of turkey frame broth and just added extra veggies and turkey. Delicious!

    5.0 rating

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