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Turkey Rice Stuffing

This gluten-free turkey rice stuffing is perfect to serve your gluten-free guests during the holidays or as a warming dinner for your family. It’s delicious, packed full of flavor and inspired by a recipe shared with me by a client (if you’re reading this, hello sticky rice stuffing lover).

So let’s dive in to this SUPER easy one-pan stuffing recipe.

Turkey Rice Stuffing with Cranberries and Pecans (gluten-free) - One Pot Rice Dressing - Gluten-free Turkey Rice Dressing - Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Meal - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

The History Behind Stuffing

No one quite exactly knows when stuffing came to be but stuffing is essentially a cooking technique. It’s where you stuff an animal with food to help retain moisture and boost flavor.

During the holidays, stuffing also known as dressing is traditionally done with a mixture of bread, celery, onion, carrot and herbs.

Often times, there will be a side of stuffing served on the dinner table for those who specifically want stuffing on their plate.

However for those living gluten-free, the traditional dressing with bread is not safe. Instead, we must prepare a less traditional stuffing with other starches.

Turkey Rice Stuffing

For those who would like a quick and easy holiday themed meal, this gluten-free Turkey Rice Stuffing is perfect. It’s quick and easy to make plus it’s got tons of holiday flavor.

I personally think it makes the perfect dinner and it’s an easy way to use up any leftover turkey you may have from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Just skip the browning the turkey step and instead add in the left-over turkey pieces with the rest of the ingredients and cook.

Turkey Rice Stuffing with Cranberries and Pecans (gluten-free) - One Pot Rice Dressing - Gluten-free Turkey Rice Dressing - Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Meal - Tayler Silfverduk, celiac dietitian

How to Enjoy Turkey Rice Stuffing

Want to know how to enjoy Turkey Rice Stuffing? Below are some ideas:

  • Turn this one-pot rice stuffing into a Turkey Rice Casserole by mixing the final product with cream of chicken soup in a casserole dish and baking for another 20-30 minutes in the oven.
  • Make this recipe before attending a holiday event and bring yourself a serving to enjoy as your dinner.Bonus points: you’ll have leftovers to enjoy too.
  • Serve this recipe with some cranberry sauce to really sell the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner vibe. (Click here to learn more about surviving Thanksgiving while gluten-free)
  • Add in some green beans when you add in the pecans to add even more vegetables and holiday vibes!

Turkey Rice Stuffing

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: dinner, Holidays, Main Course, Main Dish
Keyword: Gluten-Free Rice Stuffing, Gluten-free Stuffing, One-Pan Rice Stuffing, One-Pan Stuffing, Rice Stuffing, Turkey Rice Stuffing
Servings: 6
Calories: 377kcal


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 apples
  • 1 lb ground turkey, raw
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup pecans


  • In a large pan, saute chopped onion, celery, carrot, and apples for 3-5 minutes on medium/low
  • Bringing the heat up to medium, brown the turkey along with the vegetables, until the turkey is 50% pink and 50% cooked
  • Once the turkey is browned, add in rice, chicken broth, and cranberries and mix well
  • Cover the turkey, rice, and vegetable mixture and cook on medium for about 24 minutes
  • After 24 minutes, remove the lid and mix in the pecans (you could also add frozen green beans in here too if you want)
  • Cover the pan again and cook for another 4 minutes
  • Once done, enjoy!

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