15 Minute Supper: Cheesy Turkey and Rice

Cheesy Turkey and Rice #15MinuteSuppers

I wish I could remember where I got the idea for making Turkey Broccoli and Rice. I know I started making it when my husband and I first got together- it might have been one of those times I just found random ingredients in the pantry and put it all together. It’s something that we make on a regular basis because it’s so easy and filling. Not to mention tasty!

We love to make this with either leftover Chicken or Turkey (I usually freeze them 1 Cup portions) or canned chicken or sometimes we will cook a chicken breast on “the George” while the rice is cooking. During this next month or so I’m sure we will be making it with leftover Turkey from Thanksgiving! (See Also: 12+ Dinner Ideas from Leftover Turkey)

15 Minute Supper: Cheesy Turkey and Rice
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Monica
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Serves: 4
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 3 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup Frozen Broccoli
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 3/4 Cup Cooked Chicken or Turkey
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken (or other “cream of”)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (plus extra to add on top, if desired)
  1. Add the rice, water, broccoli, and seasoning to a pot, heat on high until boiling, then reduce heat to medium. When the water is semi-reduced add the cream of chicken, cooked chicken and cheese. Mix everything in and let the rice continue cooking for the full 15 minutes.

15 Minute Suppers

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, but I bet you probably have a ton of leftovers. That’s why today, the #15MinuteSuppers bloggers are bringing you some tasty leftover ideas! Most likely you spent all day cooking yesterday, so take a break today and give one of these a try.

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Check out these scrumptious dinners from Thanksgiving leftovers and they only take 15 minutes:

Grandma’s Turkey Soup from How To This And That
Turkey-Cranberry Panini from Better in Bulk
Sweet Potato & Turkey Hash from Around My Family Table
Mini Shell Pasta with Minced Meat from Food 4 Little Ones

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{Thanksgiving After Party} How to Use Turkey Leftovers

12+ Dinner Ideas Using Leftover Turkey
Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! Need ideas to use your leftover turkey in? Well I have plenty of ideas! I usually buy a second turkey to cook another time just so that I have the leftovers, a turkey around Thanksgiving is usually the cheapest meat per ounce you can buy. My basic idea is that I can use turkey instead of chicken for almost any recipe. Instead of “Winner, winner chicken dinner” we’re saying “Winner, winner turkey dinner”!

Salad with Turkey by Monzanitas on InstagramOn a Salad

Salads are always better with some tuna or chicken shredded on them, so why not try turkey instead. The same goes for a chicken salad sandwich, just make it a turkey salad sandwich.
I love casseroles as long as they are super moist and creamy. You could make up your own casserole by using some noodles, turkey and cream of chicken soup and whatever else you want to add. With some interesting spices it can be a great combination!

Turkey and Noodles

This is a family favorite of turkey noodle soup. Usually it doesn’t come out soupy so we just call it Turkey and Noodles. It is delicious, and a great way to warm up on a cold day.

Ever had a Barbecue Chicken Pizza? They are amazing, especially the way I make them! If you want to take the easy road, they sell pizza dough already made in a can. All you have to do is roll it out and add your own toppings. It’s personalized and takes about the same time as delivery.

Turkey and Broccoli Alfredo
This recipe is the one on this list that I haven’t tried yet. I saw it on Pinterest and I had to add it to this list. I love making Alfredo because I usually buy jarred sauce but I never thought of adding turkey and broccoli to it. It sounds delicious!

Turkey Sandwiches
There’s the classic After Thanksgiving Sandwich, usually made with all the leftovers but to mix it up some you could try making a BBQ Turkey Sandwich (I make mine like a pulled pork sandwich) or you could try a Turkey Salad Sandwich.

Cajun Chicken Alfredo15 Minute Cajun Turkey Alfredo
My husband loves our version of Cajun Chicken Alfredo. When we make it with pre-cooked chicken or turkey we just add the Cajun seasoning to the alfredo sauce. This is a delicious and easy way to use some of your leftover turkey and have a quick meal!


Turkey Tacos or Burritos
We love making burritos, and every once in awhile we will make tacos instead. I know turkey tacos sounds like the weirdest thing ever, but you can hardly tell that it’s turkey instead of chicken, especially if it’s seasoned with taco seasoning. Try our 15 Minute Burrito Mix Recipe with Cilantro Rice– with everything else in it you definitely can’t tell that it’s turkey instead of chicken.

Turkey a la King
This is such an easy recipe that it’s a must after thanksgiving. It’s a great thick sauce that you serve over toast. I’ve even made it to where I will sneak in more vegetables and it’s still delicious! Click here to see my healthy version. My mother-in-law makes another recipe that she and my husband say is close to this one (I think it tastes totally different) but they call it Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches. It’s a mixture of shredded turkey and gravy as a sauce, served over toast as well.

15 Minute Italian PastaItalian Chicken Pasta #15MinuteSuppers
This pasta is great with or without meat, but a little shredded turkey would make it that much more delicious. The pasta is great when it is first made and warm but it is also amazing chilled. It’s a great meal to take in a lunch box whether you are traveling or just going to work.

15 Minute Cheesy Turkey and Rice

Cheesy Turkey and Rice #15MinuteSuppers

We love this easy dinner of Cheesy Turkey and Rice- it can be made in about 15 minutes and always tastes delicious! Not to mention that it is relatively cheap to make as well! We actually eat some form of Chicken and Rice a couple times a month here. We just had it this last week and my husband is already asking for it again! I guess I should have made a bigger batch so that he would have some leftovers.

I will be adding more recipes as I come up with the actual measurements for the ingredients (most of the time I just throw stuff together) so check back and see what’s new. You can follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook where I will post updates!

Want More Thanksgiving and Turkeys? Check out these fun crafts to do before the holiday!
Turkey Pumpkin Decoration Inspired by Pottery Barn
Recycled Leafy Fall Basket
Turkey Leaf Clips- Perfect for Accessories or Decor

Warm Up with Turkey and Noodles

Recipe Originally From: 30 Day Gourmet Freezer Cooking

The original recipe for this is in a great freezer cook book, it gives you the number of meals you can make and the different measurements for the ingredients for how many meals you are preparing. I have changed it a bit to make it more of my own.

Turkey and Noodles
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Monica
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Serves: 8
  • 1 Gallon Vegetable Broth
  • 2 tsp Chicken Bullion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C diced onion (Fresh, Frozen or Dried all work!)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Montreal Chicken Seasoning
  • 1 lb Egg Noodles or Rotini
  • 1/3 C Flour
  • 2 C Milk
  • 3 C Shredded or Diced Turkey
  • salt to taste
  1. In Large Pot, heat broth, seasonings and onion to boiling. (Emphasis on Large Pot.. too many times I have used one that was way too small)
  2. Add noodles and bring again to boiling. Reduce heat to keep it boiling but not boiling over. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Wisk flour and milk together and add to bubbling pot. Add meat, and cook everything until the juices are slightly reduced.
  4. Eat and Enjoy! This is a great comfort food meal for cold days (although I’m eating it on a warm day!). It could be easily adjusted to add more diced vegetables too!