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Turkey Corn Chowder – One pot and 30 minutes is all you will need to make this delicious and hearty, quick cooking chowder loaded with turkey, potatoes, and corn.

overhead shot of a dutch oven with chowder with leftover turkey, potatoes, and corn

Obvi, I’m already thinking about YOU and your turkey leftovers. You are SO very welcome!

HALLO HALLO! How are you? What are you doing? Having a great Sunday, I hope! I’m skipping Church – the snow is above my knees and my driveway is waiting for its owner to clean it up. Yes, that would be me, but The Breakfast Club is on TV and I ain’t movin’.

So I know we have this thing in like, six, seven days… the day where we eat a ton of food and then we end up in a food coma for a week, but the thing is? I can’t stop thinking about the leftovers! I honestly LOVE Thanksgiving Leftovers

overhead shot of a soup bowl filled with chowder with leftover turkey, potatoes, and corn


I know you’re busy making lists and running to the grocery store and figuring out just where to store that giant Butterball – I am partial to this Bacon Spatchcock Turkey (TRY IT 😋) – and maybe doing things like making an apple pie, a pumpkin pie, and a pecan pie for your family, or maybe just for yourself!

BUT I’m confident that you are also thinking about those turkey leftovers and need all the help you can get.

I mean, maybe you aren’t thinking about that, but we sort of have this mutual relationship of sorts and because of that, I don’t know, I feel like we get each other? You and I. It’s like ESP for food.

NO? It’s just me!? I’m the only one thinking about leftovers?? meh.

Regardless, in due time, I know you will thank me. Like, on Friday. Just watch.
Sidenote: Don’t you hate it/love it when people say irregardless? I cringe. 😬 

cooking carrots and potatoes for turkey corn chowder

Oh and guess what? I’m such a hypocrite. I generally do not like canned cream style corn. Nope siree bob. But, it makes a lot of sense here, in this corn chowder recipe.

It makes sense in the way that I don’t want you to spend too much time in the kitchen on Friday because, you’ll be too busy nursing that food hangover, you know? Therefore, to save us all some time, we’re going to reach for the creamy corn.


Also? This Turkey Corn Chowder is basically a dump and cook soup. As in, you just dump it all in the pot and let it go to town for around 30 minutes. Easy, right? Told you! A thick and hearty chowder that comes together in a matter of minutes? HECK YEAH!

One other awesome factor? You don’t have to make it with just turkey! You can also use some leftover chicken, baked ham, shrimp! Whatever floats that soup boat.

close up shot of chowder with leftover turkey, potatoes, and corn

overhead shot of a soup bowl filled with chowder with leftover turkey, potatoes, and corn

If this isn’t your thing, I highly suggest some Turkey Tetrazzini with Fetuccine or this Leftover Turkey Frittata. Which can also be breakfast. Or lunch. Or everything in between because, it is SO GOOD!

Uh, yeah. Do it.


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close up shot of chowder with leftover turkey, potatoes, and corn

Turkey Corn Chowder

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
One pot and 30 minutes is all you will need to make this delicious and hearty, quick-cooking chowder, loaded with turkey and corn.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 272


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 to 3 cups diced or shredded cooked turkey
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (you can also use small potatoes cut in 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, or to taste
  • 1 can (14.75-ounces) cream style sweet corn
  • 1 can (15.25-ounces) sweet corn, rinsed
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • chopped fresh parsley , for garnish


  • Heat butter and olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, sliced carrots, and pinch of salt; cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the turkey and potatoes; season with thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Add cream style corn, sweet corn, chicken broth and milk; bring mixture to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low and cover the pot; simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Let stand several minutes.
  • Give it a stir and taste for seasonings; adjust accordingly.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.
  • Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Corn Chowder
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 726mg30%
Potassium 748mg21%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1526IU31%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 133mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: corn chowder, leftover turkey, soup recipes, thanksgiving leftovers, turkey recipe

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Originally published on November 22, 2015. Updated on November 18, 2020.

35 Responses
    1. Sandy Neustaedter

      It is, after all, a soup recipe. I added 2minced garlics and a dash of tobasco as well as a litre of chicken stock. Left out the canned corn. Only used cream corn. Used half/half cream instead of milk.

  1. Lisa

    Sounds yummy!! I want to make this for Sunday as we watch football. Do you have an estimate of how many small potatoes could sub for the russets?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      I can’t estimate how many, but I would guess about a pound of small potatoes, or about 3 to 4 cups of chopped potatoes.

    2. J

      My kids won’t eat the darker meat so I put it in this and the love it. I was out of potatoes so I used 2 cans of new diced potatoes and it worked perfect.

  2. Jen

    Always looking forward to turkey leftovers and this chowder sounds amazing! It’s definitely soup season and I’d love to cozy up with a big bowl.

  3. Sara Welch

    One pot meals are my go to on busy weeknights and this was no exception! The perfect comfort food on cool evenings!

  4. Lisalia

    I’ve made this in the past and cannot wait for Thanksgiving leftovers to have it again! SO healthy and satisfying.

  5. Callen

    For all your recipes posted in the future, would you please consider removing the checkboxs on the list of ingredients? It complicates printing, it really serves no purpose, and they cannot be removed as far as I know. Thanks

  6. Jenny

    Your sticky mobile player can not be exited out of on mobile because of your suggested recipe bar and header bar. So the recipe can not be viewed freely.

  7. Anthony

    Literally one of the best soups I’ve ever had. I used ground turkey with poultry seasoning because that’s what I had. Added cauliflower, broccoli, and green beans as well. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a delicious and filling meal!


    I can’t believe I made a homemade soup that taste really freaking good. Of course I made slight changes … used celery salt instead of just salt… added way more pepper and I used McCormick’s Montreal Steak seasoning (bc I use it in everything) Thank our thank you for putting this together and making it so easy… even my picky 8 year old liked it!!! #bonus

  9. Anne from Pintesting

    I’m making this today with our Thanksgiving leftovers – can’t wait to try it! I’ll post pictures on my FB page and Instagram. 😀

      1. Taffy

        Sounds do good!! Can’t wait to give it a try! Has anyone tried it with sweet potatoes instead of potatoes? Curious if it would be an epic fail? Perhaps won’t retain it’s structure ,(too soft?)

  10. Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog

    What a great way to use that leftover turkey! I’ve actually got a bunch of ham in my fridge right now so I might go with your suggestion of using ham in the soup instead 🙂

  11. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    I’m thinking about the leftovers too. I picked up our turkey tonight (it’s just my husband and I and 3 teenagers this year) and my husband was wondering why I got as big of a bird as I did. It’s all about the leftovers! And turkey stock! I’ve got it all planned out. LOL Anyway, your soup looks delicious…we might be using some of our leftovers up making it!

  12. Janet Pallavicini

    First – have to tell you it is 80 last two days and 78 until Thursday. Phoenix, Az. We’ve had 11 days of 80 from beginning of November..

    Now down to business…I am definately doing the carrots forThanksgiving. If I don’t quit reading your blog I’ll never get my menu
    Have a wonderful family Thanksgiving…

  13. Leslie

    I need a bowl of this! It’s so cold outside and this looks so warm and comforting, delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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