Creamy turkey stroganoff is an easy weeknight meal for families and kids.  In under one hour, you can serve this simple comfort food for dinner tonight.  It’s great for using up turkey leftover and gravy from Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Make it in your skillet and serve over noodles for a winning dinner every time.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
holding a plate of turkey stroganoff
Main Course, Turkey

Creamy Turkey Stroganoff

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This post was originally published on September 29, 2017.

Turkey stroganoff is a fantastic way to use up leftover turkey.  This recipe is loaded with flavorful ingredients like garlic, onion, mushrooms, thyme and savory, but the secret ingredient is using up your tasty leftover turkey gravy that has been reduced.  Plan ahead and reserve some of your gravy from Thanksgiving or Christmas to use to make this amazing comfort food.

holding a spoonful of turkey stroganoff

What spices are used in turkey stroganoff?

Traditionally, salt and black pepper are the old standby spices, but feel free to experiment.  Other popular spices are:

  • Thyme
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Paprika
  • pinch of cayenne
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • sprinkle of lemon pepper

What is turkey stroganoff served with for dinner?

It is most commonly served over egg noodles or other pasta, but rice and mashed potatoes would also be excellent choices.  Serve with a fresh green vegetable side like  beans, broccoli, peas, or a crisp salad.

turkey stroganoff on a plate

How do you make a stroganoff sauce?

For this easy recipe, you don’t need to make a traditional white sauce with a roux.  Simply remove the turkey mixture from the heat and stir in the sour cream, then adjust the seasonings.  The sauce is super quick and delicious.

How to Make Turkey Stroganoff

Gather the ingredients.  Measure your spices, egg noodles, sour cream, and leftover gravy.  Chop up the leftover turkey, separating the white and dark meat, slice the mushrooms, mince the garlic, and chop up the onion.

ingredients for turkey stroganoff

Saute the mushrooms in melted butter over medium high heat for a few minutes.

cooked mushrooms for turkey stroganoff

Add the onion and cook for a few more minutes until it’s soft, then add the garlic and saute until fragrant.

cooking mushrooms, onions, and garlic for turkey stroganoff

Cook the leftover gravy over medium heat until it has reduced to intensify the flavor.  (Don’t have leftover gravy?  Use our flavorful giblet gravy recipe for your secret ingredient.  Don’t have giblets?  Use our easy mushroom gravy with turkey recipe instead.)

reduced gravy for turkey stroganoff

Reduce the heat to medium, then add the gravy and spices to the mushroom mixture.

adding the spices to turkey stroganoff

Stir in the chopped turkey, then pour in chicken stock or water to thin the sauce.

turkey stroganoff before adding the sour cream

Remove from the heat, and add the sour cream.

adding the sour cream to the turkey stroganoff

Mix in the sour cream until thoroughly combined.  Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more thyme, salt or pepper as desired.

turkey stroganoff in a skillet

Serve over hot egg noodles.  Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

holding a plate of turkey stroganoff

Pro Tips:

  • Don’t have leftover turkey?  Use ground turkey or roasted chicken instead.
  • Want to add veggies?  Try green peas, broccoli florets, or red bell pepper strips.
  • Want to reduce the fat?  Use nonfat Greek yogurt.
  • Want to make it low carb?  Serve over spaghetti squash or zucchini noddles.
  • Don’t have leftover gravy?  Make some with equal parts butter and flour and chicken stock and spices.
  • Want to reduce the sodium?  Use unsalted chicken stock, and reduce the salt in the homemade gravy.

Got leftover turkey?  Creamy turkey stroganoff is a perfect recipe for using up leftover turkey.  In under one hour, you can enjoy feasting on this classic winter comfort food.   Why not make it for dinner tonight?

Use up leftover turkey with these other delicious dinner ideas.

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holding a plate of turkey stroganoff

Creamy Turkey Stroganoff

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cups 1x


Creamy turkey stroganoff is an easy weeknight meal for families and kids.  In under one hour, you can serve this simple comfort food for dinner tonight.  It’s great for using up turkey leftover and gravy from Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Make it in your skillet and serve over noodles for a winning dinner every time.



For the Stroganoff Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter (43g)
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced (226g)
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup flavorful turkey gravy, reduced (236 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground savory
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded turkey, a mixture of white and dark (460g)
  • 2 cups sour cream (440g)
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken stock or filtered water (118 ml)

For the Egg Noodles

  • 6 ounces wide egg noodles (170g)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Garnish

  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (26g)
  • 1/3 cup freshly chopped parsley (40g)


  1. Reduce the turkey gravy by boiling it down to intensify the flavor.
  2. Meanwhile, saute the mushrooms and onions in butter until soft.  Add the garlic at the end and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the gravy and spices to the mushroom mixture and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the shredded turkey and simmer until heated through.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream until well mixed.  Stir in the chicken stock or filtered water a little at a time to thin the sauce as desired.  Adjust the seasonings by adding more salt, pepper, or thyme to taste.
  5. Bring a medium-sized pot of salted water to a boil, then add the egg noodles and cook according to package directions.  Drain and rinse the noodles, then toss them with a little olive oil so they don’t stick together.
  6. Grate the Parmesan cheese.  Rinse the parsley, then pat it dry with paper towel and chop it finely with a sharp knife.
  7. To serve, spoon 2/3 cup of sauce over a pile of egg noodles.  Garnish with fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Serve warm.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: stroganoff, turkey leftovers

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3 thoughts on “Creamy Turkey Stroganoff

  1. Great recipe! Different iteration of a favorite dish and always interested in trying new methods. This one’s a keeper. Didn’t have enough sour cream so added half and half. Made an attempt at some mushroom gravy since we didn’t have any turkey gravy. Didn’t quite make enough but it certainly added some great flavor.

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