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Turkey Rice Casserole

The recipe for this creamy and comforting casserole came from my aunt as a way to use leftover turkey. I love it so much, however, that I don't wait for leftovers to make it. The green chilies provide the memorable flavor. -Tamy Baker, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 2 cups diced cooked turkey
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup seasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  • In a 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine the onion, celery and butter. Cover and microwave on high for 1-1/2 to 3 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir in milk. Cover and cook on high for 3-5 minutes or until milk is steaming (do not boil). Stir in rice. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes.
  • Add the turkey, soup, stuffing cubes, chilies and 1/2 cup cheese. Cover and microwave on high for 3-6 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 294 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 586mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Andrea
    Dec 3, 2020

    I cook for a homeless meal program once a week and we had a LOT of turkey left from Thanksgiving due to the generosity of the community. I precooked the rice and used the leftover gravy with the soup. Topped it with crushed zucchini chips. Salad, veggies, bread and dessert. Thanks for helping me provide a wonderful meal for our precious homeless.!!

  • James
    Dec 1, 2019

    I used all of the ingredients from this recipe only cooking on top of the stove and finishing it in the oven. We loved it, what a great use for leftover turkey.

  • grandmascooking22
    Oct 5, 2019

    This is a tasty unique recipe. I made a several changes to this recipe only because I live a half hour from a store and didn't have milk so used water with Wyler's chicken granules. I also can't get by with using onions for hubby so used granulated onion. I had an opened container of French fried onions so used those up. I don't use instant rice so cut the water to 1 c. and used COOKED basmati. I bake in the oven till bubbly. Even with the changes I don't feel I changed the flavor of the original recipe. The flavors were delicious. Definitely will make again!!!!

  • Nancy
    Sep 30, 2019

    Great way to use left over turkey. Didnt use the microwave though, Sauteed onion and celery then baked the whole thing at 350 uncovered for 35 min. Used wild rice, added poultry seasoning, and cumin. Will make again.

  • Cedes2001
    Nov 30, 2013

    Loved by all and TONS of flavor! It definitely is a great use of leftover turkey as you can't even tell that is what is in it. YUMMY! We used stuffing mix uncooked. PERFECT RECIPE TO USE UP THE LEFTOVERS!

  • dklinkow
    Nov 29, 2010

    This is a bit bland if you like more spice in your food. Other than that it has very good texture. I added some chicken stock to moisten up a bit and baked in oven for 1/2hr. at 350.

  • Nikathome
    Dec 3, 2008

    I've been preparing this recipe since it came out in the magazine. It's definitely a family favorite, easy and delicious. Stuffing mix works well in this recipe too.