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Turkey Chow Mein Casserole

Let me take this opportunity to wish all our 'south-of-the-border' friends and family a most blessed Thanksgiving!  May your celebrations be filled with peace, love and joy...and may your thankful spirit go with you into the days to come.

Today I am thankful for my husband's sister, Anne...who I only got to know when I married into the family.  She was the oldest of the siblings...the tiniest...and the bubbliest.  She was a wonderful sister-in-law and became a favorite aunt to my children.  She was also a very good cook and I have many recipes in my file in her perfect handwriting printing.  She passed away suddenly eight years ago and now I treasure all those things which came from her.  We celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving last month and I cooked up a whopping big turkey (33 pounds), which guaranteed lots of turkey leftovers!  I pulled Anne's Turkey Wonder recipe from the file and took it with me to the grocery store to be sure I had all the necessary ingredients.  I came home with a bag of celery, onions, chow mein noodles, soup and water chestnuts, but had somehow left the recipe card at Safeway.  It never showed up so I made the dish as I best recalled and we enjoyed it just fine.  I am documenting what I did right here on MGCC so that Anne's Turkey Wonder recipe will  live on!  If you are looking for a simple and delicious way to use up your leftover turkey in the coming days, try making turkey chow mein. 

  •  2 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked turkey, cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (red onion adds a little colour)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 small can sliced water chestnuts, drained
 Topping:  Crushed potato chips, sliced almonds or chopped cashews.

  1. Put chow mein noodles in the bottom of a greased 2-quart casserole.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients and spread over the noodles.
  3. Bake uncovered at 350° F for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and add desired topping.  Bake for 10 minutes longer.
I remember my sis-in-law serving this dish with crunchy crushed potato chips on I have always done the same.  I'm sure cashews would be an excellent addition though!


  1. I'm sure you and your family are going to spend a wonderful Thanksgiving....hugs and blessings, Flavia

  2. This looks like a great recipe Judy - quick and creamy. I'm sure you could use leftover chicken as well.

  3. Are the noodles the crunchy chow mein noodles or the soft one? I can't wait to try this delicious recipe.

  4. I can't even imagine what a 33 lb turkey would look like....GLORY, bet that took a while to cook. It's so wonderful to be able to pass down family recipes. I finally wrote out what I did in making my grandma's dressing...I learned from watching. Now our daughters and their families someday will have Half-pint's recipe. This looks like a comfort food recipe. We'll have to try it. May His favor rest on you and yours!

  5. Pat...they are the crunchy chow mein noodles. By the time the casserole is cooked...they are soft.

  6. Thanks for the recipe. I made it for lunch today and and my husband really liked it. I served it with a sprinkle of dry chow mein noodles on top.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the girls at Mennonite Girls Can Cook.

  7. this looks awesome Judy..
    I have to try it one day soon!!!!

  8. My Mom used to make this dish all the time when I was a child. It's still "comfort food" for me.:)

  9. I've made a very similar recipe handed down from my mom... I put extra noodles on top when assembling ... and they stay crunchy.

  10. Oh.. that looks soo good! I wonder if gf lasagne noodles would work instead of the chow mein noodles. Maybe a layer at the bottom. I'll have to try it !

    I'm sorry you lost your recipe card! I would have cried! You obviously remembered the recipe, which is good!

  11. I don't think a 33 pound turkey would even fit in my oven! I love you ladies and I love your messages and recipes!


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