Leftover turkey pilaf in a blue bowl on a white wooden background

One Pot Leftover Turkey Pilaf with Pine Nuts

Looking for something to do with your leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey? Make this quick and healthy one pot turkey pilaf!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 520kcal
Author Amy Fulwood


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 30 g Pine Nuts
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Aleppo Pepper
  • 300 g Rice
  • 750 ml Water
  • 400-500 g Cooked Turkey cut into chunks
  • A pinch of Saffron Threads steeped in 50ml of warm water
  • 2 Carrots peeled and chopped
  • Fresh Coriander/Cilantro to serve
  • Greek Yoghurt to serve


  • Place the oil and onion in a large saucepan then place over a low heat and allow the onions to slowly sweat for 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and pine nuts plus a good sprinkling of salt and pepper. After another 5 minutes add the cinnamon, cumin and aleppo pepper. Cook until fragrant.
  • Tip in the uncooked rice and stir to combine with all the spices. Raise the heat to medium then add the water and saffron. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, adding the carrots and turkey 10 minutes before the end of cooking. Serve with coriander (cilantro), yoghurt and an extra sprinkling of aleppo pepper.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.


Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 974mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5265IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2.7mg