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This recipe is a great Italian recipe that I got from my sister in law Mary who is an excellent cook – and when I say excellent… I really mean excellent!

She taught me how to make this recipe when I was on the hunt for recipes when I first got married into the family.

It is very easy to make and a great way to use leftover turkey meat from Thanksgiving or any other time.   Chicken can also be substituted as well, but turkey is my favorite.


Turkey and Rice Recipe

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 large onion chopped
  • handful fresh chopped basil
  • handful fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 TBLE butter
  • 1 TBLE olive oil
  • 2 turkey breasts chopped (precooked)
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 4 cups water or stock
  • 10 oz sliced onions
  • 1/2 - 1 cup Romano cheese


  1. Saute onion, basil, parsley and garlic with butter and olive over medium heat until onion is translucent.
  2. Add in the brown rice, turkey and water or stock and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to low medium and add mushrooms.
  4. Cook until rice is done.
  5. Add in 1/2 cup to 1 cup of grated Romano cheese.
  6. Mix and serve with extra cheese on top.

Recipe Notes

TIP #1: You can use chicken as a substitute. You can even omit the turkey all together - it tastes great as a rice dish. TIP #2: Serve with salad, and fresh bread.