Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew

This easy to make creamy low carb turkey stew is the ideal way to use up that leftover holiday turkey, but can easily be adapted to use leftover chicken for a delicious weeknight meal the whole family will love.

Ladle of creamy low carb turkey stew being poured into a white soup ramekin.


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I know some people might think it is crazy to get excited about a recipe, but y'all, this is a recipe that got me SO excited!

Like dancing in the kitchen excited.

Like not caring that the dogs and my husband were looking at me like I had completely lost my mind excited.

Yup, that excited!!

Kevin doesn't share my enthusiasm for food.

He is not a huge soup/stew fan usually, and definitely not a leftover soup/stew fan.

I mean, he will eat it, but he is not doing backflips over the whole situation.

However, he called after he got off work the other day.

It was a typical cold rainy fall day here in WA and asked what was for dinner.

I said I was making some leftover stew.

Y'all, he said, "Oh that sounds great!".

 😮

'Scuse me what???

Ladies and gents, THAT is excitement coming from him!


Overhead view of the ingredients for Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew on a wooden cutting board.


Another thing I love about this stew is I made it with homemade bone broth from the turkey.

Call me a weirdo, but I kinda nerd out when I can really utilize as much as possible from the ingredients. 

I freeze all of my bones, and veggie trimming, so I can make broths as bases for all of my soups and stews because they #1 allow me to control what is going into my food and #2 taste so much better in my book.

When I got my Instant Pot, making homemade stock/bone broth was first on my list of things to do and I have been doing it non-stop ever since!


Six process photos of the making of Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew


INGREDIENTS FOR CREAMY LOW CARB TURKEY STEW


  • Olive oil
  • Leek
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Turnips
  • Carrots (optional)
  • Celery, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh thyme
  • 8 cups turkey bone broth (or chicken)
  • Cooked turkey
  • Heavy cream
  • Xanthan gum



Overhead photo of Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew in a blue soup pot.


I know this recipe has a few non-traditional stew ingredients in it, but I have been on a mission to really dial in a stew that delivers the flavors our little low carb heart's desire.

We all know onions and potatoes are at the heart of every great stew. But, if you are living la vida low carb, that is a no-go.

So I have played around with different veggies.

Leeks have become my go-to for onions. I love the flavor they bring. 

Oh, I still use onions in recipes.

But, when I am cramming a lot of ingredients into something, I opted for the lower carb version and use leeks now.


Overhead shot of Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew in a blue soup pot, showing a full ladle of the stew closer to the camera.


As for potatoes?

I have use radish, like in my Instant Pot Keto Beef Stew with great results.

Everyone that has tried it, loves it!

I have also subbed rutabaga for the radish, which we really love as well.

I had been meaning to try turnips, but for some reason never got around to it.

Grabbed them for this and OhhEmmGeee, why did I wait so long?

They by far are the closest to potato in a recipe like this in my mind.

So let my testing be your guide! 


Three white soup ramekins with handles full of Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew on a wooden table.


FAQ ABOUT CREAMY LOW CARB TURKEY STEW


Can I use raw chicken in this recipe? Sure, I would cut up some boneless skinless chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces and saute it either before you cook the veggies, or remove the veggies from the pot after you cook them, add a little more olive oil, cook until no pink remains, return the veggies to the pot, and continue with the recipe.

I thought carrots were not allowed on keto, why are you using them? If you are strict keto you can omit the carrots. If you are just low carb for weight loss purposes, it is more a matter of your carb count/macro count, so you can decide if you want to keep them in based on that. The net carbs are pretty low in this recipe.

I don't have xanthan gum, can I make this without it? Yes, you can make this without the xanthan gum, it will just be a thinner broth, more like a soup. An alternative could be to add a couple of ounces of cream cheese (cubed) to the finished stew and stir until it melts. Taste and adjust your seasonings. Remember that the cream cheese will change the nutritional values a bit.

Can I freeze the leftovers? Absolutely. I freeze mine in 1 cup portions. Make sure to label them with the name and date so you aren't left guessing a couple months down the line like I have been! I keep soups with dairy for up to 3 months in the freezer.


3 white soup ramekins with handles full of Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew.


Try serving this Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew in a Keto Bread Bowl!


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Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew
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Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew

Yield: 8 servings
Author: Bobbi Hass-Burleson
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 45 Min
This easy to make creamy low carb turkey stew is the ideal way to use up that leftover holiday turkey, but can easily be adapted to use leftover chicken for a delicious weeknight meal the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large leek, halved and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound turnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 large carrots (optional) , sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 8 cups turkey bone broth (or chicken)
  • 1 pound cooked turkey meat, cut or torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot, or dutch oven, over medium heat, saute the leek until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute or two.
  2. Add the mushrooms, turnip, carrot, celery, salt, pepper, and thyme, and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms begin to soften.
  3. Add the cooked turkey and the bone broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the carrots and turnips are fork-tender.
  4. Bring the heat back up to medium-high and add the heavy cream. Once the stew begins to bubble whisk in the xanthan gum. Continue to whisk often for about 5 minutes, or until the stew begins to thicken.
  5. Remove from the heat.
  6. Serve topped with fresh parsley if desired.

Calories

516.62

Fat (grams)

26.56

Sat. Fat (grams)

10.91

Carbs (grams)

8.81

Fiber (grams)

2.54

Net carbs

6.27

Sugar (grams)

4.26

Protein (grams)

58.48

Sodium (milligrams)

364.86

Cholesterol (grams)

238.35
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs will not be included as it has a glycemic index of 0 (meaning it does not spike blood sugar) and it's not metabolized. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
Low Carb, Keto, Gluten-free, Soup, Leftovers
Stew
American
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