Turkey Lentil Chili
Everyone is trying to figure out what to do with their leftover turkey. I am no exception, which is how I came up with this Turkey Lentil Chili. One of the most exciting aspects of the dish is that I use not only the turkey meat, but the bone as well bone broth which imparts flavor and nutrients. Every time we prepare a turkey, we make a broth to use in the Southern Cornbread Dressing or i.e. Stuffing. Employing the turkey neck, gizzards and other parts, we cover them with liquid and slow cook them overnight. We also add celery and bay leaves to the broth which increases the depth of flavor.
I thought classic Indian ingredients would match well with these lentils, so I used ghee and turmeric to warm up the chili. Because I brine my holiday turkeys, you will not need much salt in this dish. Salt levels can vary depending on what parts of the bird you add to the chili so tasting this dish as it cooks is paramount. You should really begin consistently tasting everything you make. Helps to solve problems before they start. You can certainly use a crock pot to make Turkey Lentil Chili, or any of my other soups, particularly if you need to venture out while the pot is still on. Namaste!
Turkey Lentil Chili
- Paring Knife
- Cutting Board
- Large Spoon
- Large Pot
- 5 cups Water
- 5 cups Turkey Stock
- 1 Cooked Turkey Leg, Wing
- 1½ cups Cooked Turkey, cubed
- 2½ cups Organic Yellow Lentils
- ½ cup Organic Red Onion, minced
- ¼ cup Organic Celery, minced
- ¾ cup Organic Ghee
- 3 cloves Organic Garlic, minced
- 2 Sage Leaves, minced
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 2 tbsp Frontier Turmeric Twist, Savory Blend
- ½ tbsp Organic Thyme
- ½ tbsp Organic Basil
- ½ tsp Real Salt
- Chop vegetables.
- Place all ingredients into the pot and bring to a boil on high heat.
- Reduce heat to low and cook for about 2½ hours.
- Once lentils are soft to the bite, remove from heat and serve immediately.
7 thoughts on “Turkey Lentil Chili”
I never imagined this would work… And, the lentils make this so satisfying. It was delightful. Thanks for sharing!
What an amazing recipe and so simple to make! The turkey was to tender and the chili was very flavorful!
I always love cooking with curry! This recipe tasted fantastic and was so easy, thanks for a new recipe I’ll be making again!
I was so happy to take a break this year from the leftover turkey soup that I normally make! This turkey lentil chili was delicious!
The flavors are soo good! I love lentil soup and have never added turkey to it! This was delicious!
This was SO good! Such a great way to use my leftover turkey. The flavors were amazing together!
I used ground turkey instead of cubed and it came out great. Thank you!