10 Southern Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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How long are Thanksgiving leftovers good for?

Florida rap artist Plies tried to tell us when he broke down the rules of eating Thanksgiving leftovers. Said another way, Thanksgiving leftovers (or any holiday leftovers) should not remain in the fridge beyond 3-5 days!

Easy Southern Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Unsure what to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers?

What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Check out my below list of authentic Southern soul food recipes that you can use to make delicious use of your holiday leftovers. 

You could reheat your leftover holiday meal as is or give new life to your refrigerator full of leftovers! These recipes are all easy enough for anyone to make and everyone to love.

So, let’s not waste another day after Thanksgiving or Christmas. Let’s get cooking with these ideas for leftover Southern Thanksgiving recipes to make delicious new dishes.

Not sure what to do with leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce?

Here’s one of my favorite recipe ideas for making a pulled turkey meal in your Instant Pot with leftover cranberry sauceThanksgiving turkey, and Southern candied yams.

Instant Pot Leftover Pulled Turkey Recipe
Instant Pot Leftover Pulled Turkey Recipe
What can you make with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving?
Make a pulled turkey meal with holiday leftover turkey in your Instant Pot!
Check out this recipe!

How long can you eat leftover turkey from Thanksgiving?

Asked another way: How long are Thanksgiving leftovers good in the fridge? 3-5 days is the ideal timeframe to keep leftovers in the fridge. So don’t wait to make these poultry dishes with your turkey leftovers.

Southern Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes Black Folks Soul Food Turkey Yock Recipe

African American Southern leftover turkey recipes chicken

Substitute turkey in place of the chicken in the below recipes.

Black Folks Soul Food Chicken Yock Recipe Yock A Mein
Black Folks Soul Food Chicken Yock Recipe (Yock-A-Mein)
Chicken yock is a big bowl of comfort. In a warm, flavorful broth, soul food and Chinese food combine for tender chicken and noodles. This dish is also known as Old Sober, yak, yok, yock-a-mein (yaka mein), or simply Chinese yock.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Chicken Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce
Black Folks Soul Food Chicken Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce
Succulent shredded chicken and spaghetti noodles are prepared in a delicious broth seasoned with onion, garlic, salt, and black pepper, making flavorful a meal you’ll love.
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Chicken Spaghetti
Black Folks Southern Chicken Spaghetti
Soul food goes beyond Southern. It's rich with flavor and plenty of seasoning! Southern chicken spaghetti is a wonderful example of a Southern soul food dish!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Southern Pulled BBQ Chicken
Black Folks Southern Pulled BBQ Chicken
A Black folks’ Southern pulled BBQ chicken recipe is the epitome of finger-lickin’ good!
This is the ultimate in no-fail BBQ chicken recipes, whether you’re making this dish from scratch or with leftover BBQ chicken. 
Check out this recipe!
Southern Chicken And Dumplings The Black Way
Southern Chicken And Dumplings The Black Way
Making Southern chicken and dumplings the Black folks' way involves a flavorful chicken broth with seasoned chicken, plump biscuit dumplings, and just the right amount of savory, tender vegetables. 
It's another epic display of soulful Southern comfort food at its finest!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Soul Food Smothered Chicken
Black Folks Soul Food Southern Smothered Chicken
What makes a delicious soul food smothered chicken recipe?
Tender, juicy chicken seasoned with soul food spices and smothered in a flavorful, creamy gravy medley. That's Southern comfort food at its finest!
Check out this recipe!
Black Folks Chicken And Dressing
Black Folks Chicken And Dressing
Thanksgiving means Southern soul food, made by our grandmamas, mamas, and favorite aunties. A meal we’ve waited all year to eat!
One Southern dish that you shouldn’t miss this Thanksgiving is Black folks chicken and dressing. 
Check out this recipe!

Use the recipe below to make a Southern-style turkey salad recipe.

Black Folks Southern Chicken Salad Recipe
Black Folks Southern Chicken Salad Recipe
Are you craving the perfect chicken salad?
A Black folks' Southern chicken salad goes beyond the mayo and chicken chunks! It's packed with flavor and just the right amount of savory, sweet, and crunch.
Check out this recipe!

What goes well with leftover turkey casserole?

Add one, two, or three of your leftover Thanksgiving side dishes. See below for easy options to reheat these favorite dishes. 

Southern Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
Southern Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
What do you usually do with your turkey leftovers?
You could use them to make a creamy comfort food dish with a bonus flakey pie crust, also known as a Southern leftover turkey pot pie recipe.
Check out this recipe!

How do you reheat Thanksgiving leftovers?

Use the microwave, the oven, the air fryer, or the Instant Pot to reheat leftovers.

  • The microwave is great for a single plate of food.
  • The oven works well if you’re warming an entire dish.
  • The air fryer is great for reheating or reviving a dish with an outer crisp.
  • The Instant Pot is also an excellent appliance for re-warming on its ‘keep warm’ setting for softer foods like Thanksgiving yams or collard greens.
Virginia yock recipe - What kind of food is yock (yok)?

Black Southern leftover turkey recipes: Soul food turkey yock

Virginia yock recipe – What kind of food is yock (yok)?

Soul food chicken yock is a meal that’s an ode to my hometown in coastal Virginia. The Tidewater region, area code 757. We say two up, two down. Put two fingers up for V, and two fingers down for Ayy – VA (Virginia).

People also ask, “What is chicken yok?”

Chicken yock is a big bowl of comfort. You may know this dish from its menu names, like New Orleans Old Sober. Or its Chinese derivatives, yak, yok, yock-a-mein (yaka mein), or simply Chinese yock. 

Or maybe you know this dish by its African-American nicknames given over the years – low-rent lo mein and (New Orleans) Seventh Ward mein.

But today, we’re making yock a little different by replacing this soul food dish’s iconic chicken with turkey meat for a Southern Thanksgiving leftover recipe!

Did you enjoy these Southern Thanksgiving leftover recipes?

Have you had them?

Would you make ’em? 

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The Ultimate Soul Food Recipes Guide
The Ultimate Soul Food Recipes Guide
What is soul food? Soul food recipes are African-American recipes full of flavor! A legacy of Southern cooking the Black way. Check out this collection of the best soul food recipes!
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Southern Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes
Southern Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes Black Folks Soul Food Turkey Yock Recipe

Southern Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes | Soul Food Turkey Yock Recipe (Yock-A-Mein)

Turkey yock is a big bowl of comfort! Soul food and Chinese food combine for tender meat and noodles in a warm, flavorful broth. This dish is also known as Old Sober, yak, yok, yock-a-mein (yaka mein), or simply Chinese yock. It's one of my best Southern Thanksgiving leftover recipes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Soul Food
Servings: 4
Calories: 378kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Instant Pot electric pressure cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 cups turkey breast pre-cooked
  • 8 oz spaghetti noodles uncooked
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs cut in half to garnish
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped to garnish
  • soy sauce hot sauce, or ketchup for serving condiments

Instructions

  • Open the Instant Pot lid and turn it on with the sauté setting for 5 minutes.
  • With the Instant Pot lid off, sauté the butter, onions, and garlic until the onions soften, and then cancel the sauté setting.
  • Pour the water and chicken broth into the stainless-steel inner pot with the sautéed onions and add the chicken bouillon.
  • Add the Creole seasoning, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and turkey to the broth and stir the mixture.
  • Then break the uncooked spaghetti noodles in half and submerge them in the broth.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 2 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 5 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  • Serve this turkey yock soul food recipe hot with garnishments of halved hard-boiled egg and chopped green onion to garnish.
  • Black folks eat yock with either a squeeze of soy sauce, hot sauce, or ketchup on top. Enjoy!

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Notes

Southern Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes - Soul Food Yock

Nutrition

Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1628mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 654IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg
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