Turkey and Butternut Squash Curry Recipe

(194 ratings)

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Turkey butternut squash curry-christmas left overs-woman and home
(Image credit: Charlie Richards)
Total Time50 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories400 Kcal20%
Fat21 g30%
Saturated Fat12.5 g63%

A great way to use up any leftover Christmas turkey, this delicious curry is a quick and easy dinner option.



  1. Heat the oven to 200C, 180C fan, 400F, gas 6. Place the butternut squash in a roasting tin, add half the oil, coat well and roast for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large casserole and sweat the onion for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and chopped chilli; sweat for another minute. Now add the curry paste, increase the heat and fry for 1 further minute. Pour in the coconut milk, stirring well, then add the stock, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar and lime leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the green beans, turkey and roasted squash, cover and simmer for 10 minutes until the turkey is piping hot and the beans are tender. Add the lime juice and three-quarters of the coriander and stir well. Check the seasoning; you may need to add a little more fish sauce or lime juice to taste.
  4. To serve, scatter over the sliced chilli and the remaining coriander. Serve with jasmine rice and lime wedges on the side.


  • 450g (1lb) butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm (¾in) cubes
  • 2tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 large red chillies: 1 deseeded and finely chopped; 1 deseeded and finely sliced, to garnish
  • 1½tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 400ml (14fl oz) coconut milk
  • 130ml (4½fl oz) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 100g (4oz) fine green beans, trimmed
  • 350g (12oz) cooked turkey, cut into long strips
  • juice 1 lime, plus lime wedges, to serve
  • 2tbsp coriander chopped