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I made this http://www.hairybikers.com/ recipe with our leftover boned and rolled turkey on the 28th of December last year for family and friends. It was simply delicious and loved by everyone (you can also use our free range chicken in this recipe all year round) 

This makes a really lovely lunch or dinner for a gang. Its filling and there is plenty in this recipe. Don’t panic with the long list of ingredients…there’s very little work in it. Let me know how you get on….. 


1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp lime juice

pinch palm or light soft brown sugar

pinch hot chilli powder

pinch Chinese five-spice powder

250g/9oz leftover Christmas Turkey OR cooked rotisserie chicken breast, sliced in long strips

For the peanut sauce

1 tbsp vegetable or groundnut oil

2 shallots, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, crushed or grated

5cm/2in piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2 red chillies, seeds removed (according to taste), finely chopped

200ml/7fl oz chicken stock

150ml/5fl oz coconut milk

75g/2½oz crunchy peanut butter

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tsp palm sugar or soft light brown sugar

1 tbsp lime juice

For the salad

1 large Chinese lettuce or cabbage, shredded

1 large carrot, julienned

1 large courgette, julienned

small bunch radishes, cut into matchsticks

1 red pepper, cut into thin strips

4 spring onions, halved lengthways and cut into thin strips

To serve

2–3 red chillies, sliced

small bunch fresh coriander

few fresh mint leaves

1 tbsp roasted, unsalted peanuts, lightly crushed


First marinade the leftover turkey. Whisk the soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, chilli powder and five-spice together. Put the turkey in a dish, pour over the marinade and toss. Cover with cling film and leave to stand.

For the peanut sauce, heat the oil in a frying pan and add the shallots. Cook on a medium heat until they are translucent and have taken on some colour, then add the garlic, ginger and chillies.

Continue to cook, stirring regularly, for another 2–3 minutes, then add the remaining sauce ingredients. Stir, then simmer until the sauce has reduced down. Leave to cool.

To assemble the salad, arrange all the vegetables over a large serving platter (I used 2 large salad plates). Use a tablespoon or so of the sauce to coat the turkey, then place this on top. Drizzle over a little more of the sauce, then garnish with the chillies, herbs and peanuts.