Recipes for Leftover Turkey: This Turkey Pho Gà Recipe Is a Fun Twist on Vietnamese Pho by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area

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9 months ago
Recipes for Leftover Turkey: This Turkey Pho Gà Recipe Is a Fun Twist on Vietnamese Pho

In Hanoi, you’ll find everyone enjoying delicious pho any time of day – breakfastlunch or dinnerPho to Vietnamese is the equivalent of burgers to Americans, but better. This recipe is a great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Cuisine: Vietnamese/American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 pound cooked turkey, about 4 cups, shredded
  • 6 whole scallions
  • 1 thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 quarts chicken stock
  • fish sauce, for seasoning
  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried rice vermicelli, cooked to package directions
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped


  • 1 bunch Thai basil sprigs
  • 4 cups mung bean sprouts
  • 4 limes, cut into wedges
  • 4 jalapeños, stemmed and thinly sliced into rings

Here’s how you make it:

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed stock pot on high heat combine the scallions ginger, stock and fish sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 35 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add additional fish sauce to season.
  2. Add turkey. Turn off heat and set aside. (Do not serve the cooked scallions and ginger from this pot.)
  3. Prepare the soups garnish and arrange the basil, mung sprouts, lime wedges and jalapeño slices on a serving platter.
  4. Divide the prepared rice noodles evenly among warmed soup bowls. Top each bowl with about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the shredded turkey, then divide the chopped scallions and chopped cilantro evenly among the bowls.
  5. Ladle the hot stock over the top, dividing it evenly. Serve immediately, accompanied with the platter of garnishes.

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Donna John
Unfortunately, I don't have any leftover turkey, @chefgigi. But, I'm going to buy a turkey breast next week and make this. LOVE pho! One of my favorite things. This sounds delicious!
Candy Stephens
Send some with Martin for me :)
Naimah Razak
i printed this when you posted and just made it. i used vegetable stock instead of chicken and it was delicious!!!

thanks for sharing :)
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
We have plenty of leftover turkey, and this recipe is perfect for it. Thank you, Chef Gigi Gaggero, Our 30Seconds Resident Chef !

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