Gut Cleansing Leftover Turkey Recipe

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    There are so many healthier ways to use up that leftover turkey but I think this is also one of the most tastiest. Rather than making a turkey pasta or laboring over a turkey soup, try this dish that literally comes together in 15 minutes. This is inspired by the Sichuan dish called mouthwatering chicken (口水鸡). Takes just a few ingredients, but the most functional ones to not skimp on are the cinnamon and star anise. Here’s how to make it!


    • Leftover turkey meat, shredded into bite size pieces

    • 1 tbsp red chili pepper flakes (prefer using gochugaru)

    • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

    • 1 tbsp nuts (peanuts or almonds)

    • 2 thai red chili peppers thinly sliced

    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

    • 2 stalks of scallions

    • 1 cinnamon stick

    • 1 star anise pod

    • 5 cloves of garlic diced

    • 1 tsp sugar

    • 1 tbsp vinegar

    • 1 tbsp soy sauce

    • Salt to taste

    • A few leaves of cilantro for garnish


    • Start by shredding your leftover turkey meat into bite sized pieces

    • To a heat proof bowl, add in the chili flakes, sesame seeds, nuts, and Thai chili pepper

    • In a wok, heat up the 1/4 cup veggie oil with the scallions, garlic, cinnamon, and star anise

    • Once the garlic has turned a golden brown and the scallions are nicely singed, remove the scallions, cinnamon, and star anise

    • Pour the hot oil over the dried ingredients in the bowl, then add in the sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and salt to taste

    • Add the turkey meat to a plate, then garnish with cilantro leaves

    • Pour the sauce mixture over the turkey and enjoy