Bang Bang Turkey

bang bang turkey 1

Those of you who have spent some time here (thank you!) know that I am prone to making recipes just because I love their names. (Case in point: this is really just a cake, but don’t you just want to make it immediately?) I’m not sure what ‘bang bang’ means in this case; it’s not that I actually want to off the turkey. (Except maybe I do. Enough already.)

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I’m a (big) fan of the turkey sandwich, on homemade buttered bread with cranberry sauce, but by this time in the program any turkey I have lingering in my fridge or freezer I’d rather not resemble the original meal, thank you. Also, I’m about ready for a break from bread and cheese, and maybe a big, crunchy salad – so long as it’s one with personality, and dousing it in peanut sauce with a bit of a chili kick instead of dressing can’t hurt.

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I didn’t stray much from the original, but this salad would take on other veggies well – peas, carrots, radishes – and I doubt anyone would notice if you made bang bang chicken.

Bang Bang Turkey
Bang Bang Turkey

Bang Bang Turkey


January 8, 2015

Adapted from Nigella via the New York Times.

  • Makes: Serves 4.


Bang Bang sauce

3 Tbsp. peanut butter

1-2 Tbsp. chili-garlic sauce

1 Tbsp. brown sugar or honey

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1-2 tsp. sesame oil


1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped or shredded

1/2 cucumber, chopped

2 cups shredded leftover turkey

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint (optional)

1-2 green onions, chopped


1To make the sauce, shake all the ingredients up with a couple tablespoons of water until well combined and smooth.

2Pile the chopped lettuce on a platter and top with cucumber, turkey, cilantro, mint and green onions. Drizzle with sauce, saving some to pass around at the table.


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13 comments on “Bang Bang Turkey

  1. Laurie from Richmond
    January 8, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Yum yum – I’m craving salad right now.
    thank you, Julie 🙂

  2. Rose
    January 8, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Yup! That’s my kind of salad and I’ve got leftover turkey in the freezer. (Am I the only one who NEVER tires of turkey leftovers?) Will make this Sunday…

    thanks, Rose

  3. molly
    January 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    you do realize i’m going to now have to go ans roast a chicken, JUST to make this salad, right?


  4. Julie @ WolfItDown
    January 9, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Mmmm, this looks delicious! And that sauce -yum! Loved your little cake example too, haha classic 😛
    I have made bang bang prawns before and it worked a treat, this can be no exception, thanks for sharing 😀 x

  5. Cath in Ottawa
    January 9, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Sounds delicious! When you say chili garlic sauce, do you mean something like sambal Olek or something different? Thanks!

    • Julie
      January 9, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Cath – you could use sambal Olek, but the little bottle of red chili sauce I have in my cupboard says chili-garlic sauce!

  6. Cath in Ottawa
    January 9, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks! An excuse to buy more lovely little bottles of red chili goodness – what could be better?! 🙂

  7. Heidi M
    January 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Julie; I made the bang bang sauce today and I have to say that I much (much) prefer the peanut sauce from your April 2009 post: Peanut noodles with shrimp and veg.
    Even with the addition of chicken stock the bang bang sauce was stodgy.

    You are so right, Peanut Sauce IS a wonderful thing.
    Heidi M.

    • Julie
      January 12, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Sorry to hear it Heidi! I suppose why mess with a good thing? 🙂

  8. Redawna
    January 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    This will be #whatsforlunch Wednesday. Minus the cilantro……shudder

  9. Laureen
    January 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

    This looks great Julie, going to try this recipe for the family soon. I like to use turkey more than just for special occasions!

  10. Tara
    January 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Great idea for leftover turkey!! I love that is fresh and Asian!!

  11. Jen
    January 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I made this with a few modifications and it was delicious. I made for lunch today and will have tomorrow for lunch too…
    – had to add a bit of water to dressing so it would pour
    – added tomatoes, chicken, carrot and a bit of quinoa

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