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Boxing Day leftovers makeovers: Fried rice with turkey, egg and vegetables

Buying in bulk and using the same ingredients for consecutive meals doesn’t mean eating the same thing. It’s something that rings particulary true around Christmas time where left over turkey and ham become meal-time staples for days on end after the holidays. The trick then is to come up with recipe ideas that use similar ingredients in different ways and Asian throw-togethers are the perfect candidates for leftovers makeovers.

Christmas ham and turkey go particularly well in this fried rice recipe, but chicken and those leftover Christmas Day prawns are also great. Noodle stir fries are another delicious way to use up leftover and avoid the monotony of having ‘same old’ leftovers for 3 days straight. Turkey noodles with sweet chilli – don’t even get me started!

This particular fried rice recipe is mild enough for the whole family to enjoy, and I’m sure the slightly unusual post Christmas format of the dish will be a much aprpeciated.

Serves 4

Fried rice with turkey, vegetables and egg

Feel free to use leftover roasted turkey, chicken, ham or even cooked prawns in this recipe – anything goes really!

{Printable recipe}

For the rice:

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups roasted turkey meat
  • 4 choy sum // or bok choy, chopped
  • 4 snow peas, sliced
  • 3 sprigs spring onions, chopped
  • 100g mixed mushrooms (I used leftover shitake and enoki)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 red long chilli, seeds removed and diced finely
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce // or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil // or peanut oil // or olive oil
  • 2 eggs, whisked with 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • fresh coriander to serve

To prepare the rice: rinse rice under cold running water. Place in a small frypan with the water, bring to the boil then cover and lower heat. Cook for about 12 minutes or until tender. Allow to cool completely.

Tip: Get all your ingredients ready as you will need them in quick succession.

To make the rice: heat 1/3 of the oil in a wok or a large frypan. Add spring onions and stirfry for 30 seconds. Add garlic, chilli and choy sum then stir for another 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and peas and mix through. Remove from wok and set aside.

Heat remaining oil in the wok until it’s smoking, add rice and pour over eggs. Stir fry quickly. Then add turkey or your choice of meat, vegetable mixture and soy sauce and mix to combine.

To serve: top with fresh coriander leaves.

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Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan December 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

Dear Martyna,

Brilliant ideas that you are already thinking ahead! Wishing you a merry Christmas, may you eat, drink, laugh and dance with all your loved ones.

Lisa @smartfoodandfit December 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Mmmm, this looks like a great leftover dish! Very wholesome and comforting too! Have a Merry Christmas!

Lizzy (Good Things) December 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Martyna, how scrumptious! I have missed you. How is your new place? Settled in?

Wholesome Cook December 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Thanks darling, not yet unpacked but headed home now to do just that 🙂 hope you had a lovely one!

Three-Cookies December 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Looks green, light and flavourful. Nice detox post-Xmas feast, a starting point anyway:) Merry Christmas

Courtney December 25, 2011 at 1:41 am

Hah, great minds think alike – we had turkey fried rice after American Thanksgiving this year. And it was SO good! A very fun way to use leftovers. Merry Christmas to you, Martyna!

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide December 25, 2011 at 6:40 am

Looks beautiful! Have a merry Christmas.

Mel December 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Hope you had a lovely Christmas – we will be trying this for dinner tomorrow night with chicken. Cannot wait!

Timothy R December 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I like the idea of this fried rice – it’s the perfect Boxing Day dish actually. Good on you for thinking ahead.

Bam's Kitchen December 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Happy Boxing Day to you. How was the move? Do you have your kitchen sorted yet. Take Care

Wholesome Cook December 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

The move happened over 2 days but we went away for Christmas – heading back to unpack today 🙂 yay!

rsmacaalay December 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Nice leftover recipe, these are the things you need for those enormous hams and turkeys, Merry Christmas!

raquel December 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Hi Merry Christmas…just reminding that you are now our Chef of the Week check it out. Thanks

sara (Belly Rumbles) January 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I actually crave Asian food of any kind after Christmas and the left over eating binge. Fantastic idea.

Bethany January 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

Thank you for this recipe, it was great! I made it with my Turkey leftovers and have passed the recipe around to friends who were stuck for ideas and they loved it. YUM!

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